...and thunderstorm days, and changing the lightbulb in the Hydro office days. Line workers don't even work on them hot any more - and I'm supplied on a dead-end line.
"Smart" means you can't hang magnets or flip the meter to cheat Hydro ... and they can manipulate your readings from 300 miles south of here
I know that there are northern communities that have their own private grid. I think the problem might be home insurance or related municipal services.
That's not to say the govt doesn't care. The municipalities make money by taxing you. There are probably tax issues as well in certain municipalities where houses are not connected to the grid.