"The point is that, like telephone services and train services before them, the Internet infrastructure is an essential utility upon which a great deal of trade is predicated upon and without which the economy would suffer greatly."
Some would argue that the Internet isn't THAT essential yet. Essential means lack of service means you run a serious risk of DYING as a result. And for the telephone, that came when police and fire services were hooked to them, meaning you can call them in emergencies. Roads are essential because that's what the emergency services use to get to you. The Interstate Highway System was originally created to facilitate military transport during the Cold War. AFAIK, no Internet service operates in true life-or-death emergency capacity yet.