Well, here we all are in the future--as we saw it in 1967. In addition to all the great things we've been promised by corporte America, the government, and science fiction since 1967, we still don't have good phone connections!
What's up? People are buying the hell out of iPhones, and when you call 'em it sounds like two eggs over easy frying in in the background. And Skype ... well, it sounds a like like overseas calls (or ship-to-shore) in the 1970s.
I got better service from a rotary phone dialing through Number 5 Crossbar service. The phone system in Russia must be so quiet that you can hear a pin drop (maybe they have Candice Bergen doing commercials for them? )
How can this establishment bring us free--let alone competent--health care?