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Imagine you are out for a walk and experience a sudden, irresistible craving for Oreo® cookies. You only want to spend two dollars, which means that you will be able to buy a two-pack or maybe even a four-pack but for sure you cannot get the family size of over 40 cookies. For that many, you have to spend more. Of course, it would be nice if your two dollars bought you the right to eat an unlimited number of cookies, but you know that is not the way our economy works.
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I don't mind the Oreo argument as long as I acquire stock in the ISP proportional to the amount of data I use; unless they want to offer me some consumable good that I can politely decline since I want internet access not cookies.
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If Oreos could only be acquired from one source in your area and conveniently for that one source you could not buy oreos from another source in your area and this causes you to be limited to how many boxes of oreos you could possess a month, then yes. I suppose you could equate eating oreos to using the internet. rolleyes.gif
    
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Since when are oreo's $1.99??? OP's picture... maybe the snack size oreos... IIRC they're like $3.99 or 4.99 here...ugh
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For that same analogy, your 2$ might buy only 4 cookies, that cookies package is actually sealed with an unknown number of cookies, ranging between 1 and 4.
In their analogy, there is no way the customer knows how much data he is really using, on what, and how.
While it can be 3TB data plan, it might only be 2.5TB in actual data.

Also there is no unused data plan saving, meaning if on one month you used 1TB out of 3TB, the next month you only still get 3TB. While with the cookies, if you only ate 1 cookie, you still have 3 left. At the end of the month no one is taking your 3 cookies away.
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In today's topic. Smart people being extremely patronizing to other smart hardworking people.

If I was on the FCC I would cut down whoever tried representing the ISPs for using such infantile language.
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For that same analogy, your 2$ might buy only 4 cookies, that cookies package is actually sealed with an unknown number of cookies, ranging between 1 and 4.
In their analogy, there is no way the customer knows how much data he is really using, on what, and how.
While it can be 3TB data plan, it might only be 2.5TB in actual data.

Also there is no unused data plan saving, meaning if on one month you used 1TB out of 3TB, the next month you only still get 3TB. While with the cookies, if you only ate 1 cookie, you still have 3 left. At the end of the month no one is taking your 3 cookies away.
You also don't have someone stuffing Cheerios that get included in the Oreo pack, which you did not want in the first place
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Since when are oreo's $1.99??? OP's picture... maybe the snack size oreos... IIRC they're like $3.99 or 4.99 here...ugh

Probably subsidized due to sales made via data collection. The fine print makes the difference lol
    
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post #9 of 155
Pretty bad analogy when it comes to the economy. It costs the Oreo company more money to make 40 cookies compared to 4. It costs the ISPs nothing to go from 2GB, to 100GB data caps.
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post #10 of 155
Wow, still data caps in US?

It should be manadory to have separate cable/fiber/internet service provider company and ISP.
That way there would be alot more ISPs on the cable competing about customers.
It works here and we have heard no complaints from any ISP. No data caps, and 250mbit/s is around 30-40$ which is fair.
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