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Time For Universal Data Plans? 245

Posted by timothy
from the bits-is-bits-you-see dept.
theodp writes "Between multiple cell phones and their add-ons, high-speed Internet connections, and digital TV subscriptions, most households are paying for data delivery at least three times over, often paying the same provider twice. It's time for a universal data plan, [CNET columnist Molly] Wood declares. 'I want to pay once for data, I want that data to be unlimited, and I want to be able to use it in any fashion I choose.' Still, she has hopes that the-times-they-will-be-a-changin'. 'It's only a matter of time before regulators catch wind of just how many times we're being charged for the exact same thing.'"
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Time For Universal Data Plans?

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  • by ta bu shi da yu (687699) on Sunday June 06, 2010 @09:03AM (#32474738) Homepage

    The solution is so simple, I'm not sure why anyone didn't think of it before... just allow people to access the data only once.

    Wikipedia? You only need to go there once - you certainly don't want to pay for that article on Progressive Outer Retinal Necrosis more than once!

    New York Times? Nothing new there - you don't need to go back to it more than once.

    Bob's House of Fetish? Why would you want to browse there multiple times, you sicko?

    Amazon.com - precisely how many books do you really need to buy? There are only so many combinations of sentences that can be crafted in the English language; besides which, Amazon is so totally a "one-click" solution that there is no reason for you to need to access data there twice.

    Honestly, there are so many examples I could go on all night. But I won't, suffice it to say that I agree with the article's central thesis - say "no" to multiple charges for access to the same data multiple times! Allow an ISP to prevent you from browsing today so that you won't be charged tomorrow. It's got my vote!

  • Beer (Score:4, Funny)

    by Hognoxious (631665) on Sunday June 06, 2010 @09:33AM (#32474898) Homepage Journal

    Between multiple cell phones and their add-ons, high-speed Internet connections, and digital TV subscriptions, most households are paying for data delivery at least three times over, often paying the same provider twice

    Between going to the pub on Monday, then the supermarket on Tuesday, and the pub again on Friday, many imbibers are paying for beer three times over!

    Hope it's not for the same beer.

  • by ErikTheRed (162431) on Sunday June 06, 2010 @12:55PM (#32476220) Homepage

    I already paid once for my car. Those car companies want me to pay again every time I replace my car or buy an additional one. Even if I have two or three cars I still only drive one car at a time. Why should I have to pay more than once? Stupid, greedy car companies. The government should do something about this.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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