("Mother Earth Motherboard" by Neal Stephenson, 1994)
"Everything that has occurred in Silicon Valley in the last couple of decades also occurred in the 1850s. [...] The only things that have changed since then are that the stakes have gotten smaller, the process more bureaucratized, and the personalities less interesting."
On the plus side, in the ensuing maelstrom of very excited people, they discovered the segment was a lesser grade than they thought they had contracted.
Unfortunately for excavators not all buried lines are on the map.
They ended up having to dig up the street anyway to fix it.
When he opened the hood, he discovered a happy family of squirrels, and not an inch of ungnawed wire left anywhere in the engine compartment.
Sigh. Prison terms please. Even just a month will do.