The person in the conversation already classed a TV set as an essential.
It is strange what becomes essential but much as we are all starting to depend on the internet will it ever be as essential as water?
Without water we die; without good clean running water our health and well-being suffers; can we really say that same about having broadband?
There is some government advantage to having all citizens online 24/7; they are sitting targets for spies; it could enable easy monitoring of the general public.
The robot age is already here albeit in its early days.
So the internet and robots will be huge parts of our daily life and the working population will be left out in the cold.
All of this means the internet may be more important to governments than water for their people, but come on!
Technology is great and modern science never ceases to amaze but would you die without the internet, your cell phone and a television for a month? Not now but you may in the future.
You would die if you had no water or food and probably in less time than a month.
Cameron is already behind schedule on broadband; when elected in 2010 as part of a coalition government super-fast broadband across the country was promised by 2015.
But that is just another Tory broken promise and the goalpost has shifted to 2020.
BBC News reporting on the story Saturday has this to say:
The P.M. is to introduce a "universal service obligation" for broadband, giving the public a legal right to request an "affordable" connection.
Into that mix is 'affordable' connection which is open to debate. What may be affordable for David Cameron may not be for a single mother living on a sink-hole housing estate in the North of England!
Note: Recently M.P's voted to leave tampons and other sanitary wear categorised as luxury items attracting V.A.T.
[Looking online it seems that even in 2009 there were reports of broadband as an essential. The Telegraph reported "Three-quarters of consumers say broadband as essential as water" but you have to wonder who was polled for that one!]