Why is Debbie Arnold concerned about the “burden on Comcast shareholders” instead of her constituents? With access to the Internet, some of those who can’t afford access would be able to search for jobs, connect with family and friends, and perhaps work from home. They would also be able to have access to information and, therefore, knowledge.
Maybe that access to information and knowledge is the thing that troubles Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton. With knowledge comes power. An informed electorate could make informed decisions and change the power structure.
When the decision to help those who need access is made, just make sure the application process does not require Internet access.