After the pandemic, we can discuss the whys, and ,make sure it doesn't happen in the future.
While the infrastructure is quite stable where it has been extended, those rural areas ("not prioritized for broadband builds") are also affected by the lockdown, people have to work from home, use the internet all day etc. pp. In those places, the infrastructure reaches its limits pretty quickly all the time. This will cause _serious_ damage to local businesses for no good reason other than ISPs unwillingness to invest there.
If you get kicked down, the invoicing should match that.
> Out of these two, Netflix says it will cut its streaming bitrates.
They aren't cutting resolution i.e. kicking people down a tier. If you pay for HD, you will get HD... at a reduced quality.