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Hopping mad about metered billing? Spluttering about tethering restrictions and early termination fees? Raging over data caps? You're not alone. Perhaps you can take some comfort from this editorial in The New York Times:

"The greedy and extortionate nature of the telephone monopoly is notorious. Controlling a means of communication which has now become indispensable to the business and social life of the country, the company takes advantage of the public's need to force from it every year an extortionate tribute."

Yes, that's how The Times saw it—in 1886. And the newspaper's readers applauded these words. But reading Richard R. John's wonderful book, Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, one is struck by the contrasts between then and now. The issues are often recognizable; the players a little less so.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...n-1886-too.ars
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Good read, thanks for posting! Though it does make me start to rage a little inside when I get to thinking about our ISP here
 
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iceblade^ i love the way you post about internet related things, your obsessed.

Just because you have cable. ijellly

And yea, telecom companies have been greedy since day one.
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Wow, it's just to show how times have really changed. Most people haven't realized it but we are already living in somewhat a futuristic society. Computers, cars, tablets, cellphones, internet, etc... just some things that have revolutionized the way we live.
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Wow, it's just to show how times have really changed. Most people haven't realized it but we are already living in somewhat a futuristic society. Computers, cars, tablets, cellphones, internet, etc... just some things that have revolutionized the way we live.
We could have holograms, aging devices, etc, and people would feel the same.

Tablets ipads iphones internet etc, are futuristic but we take them for granted.

It's just human nature. you buy a new 30 inch monitor, it feels new for like 2 days, then it becomes normal.
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AT&T and their caps.... pissing me off. $10 for each additional 50 gb after a 150 gb cap.
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AT&T and their caps.... pissing me off. $10 for each additional 50 gb after a 150 gb cap.
You're lucky to have that, I used to have a 60gb cap for $60+ CND, with additional $2 per GB over 60gb...
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AT&T and their caps.... pissing me off. $10 for each additional 50 gb after a 150 gb cap.
You're mad about that?

I just moved to an area where only Cogeco is our cable option.

They give 60 GB / month, and charge $1.50 / GB up to $30 max, but come October that max will be $50.

I'd gladly pay $10 for each additional 50 GB after 150 GB cap.

I miss Rogers.
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You're mad about that?

I just moved to an area where only Cogeco is our cable option.

They give 60 GB / month, and charge $1.50 / GB up to $30 max, but come October that max will be $50.

I'd gladly pay $10 for each additional 50 GB after 150 GB cap.

I miss Rogers.
The fact that you'll gladly pay for a cap is exactly the problem!


Data caps are a great demonstration of stifling technology and taking a step backwards....
 
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iceblade^ i love the way you post about internet related things, your obsessed.

Just because you have cable. ijellly

And yea, telecom companies have been greedy since day one.
AT&T turned me into a hater of dodgy ISP's.

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The fact that you'll gladly pay for a cap is exactly the problem!


Data caps are a great demonstration of stifling technology and taking a step backwards....
yeah, exactly. EXACTLY

you build out a network that can provide "blazing fast" and "high speed" internet, and expect people to send emails? maybe people who don't use it that much. i stand by my use of the internet, and will not compromise my enjoyment for the sake of a cap, especially if it's 150 gigs.

as soon as i can i'll be moving somwhere where the ISP's have no caps. Chattanooga TN is only 1 and a half hours away...
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