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For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity.
Even if the caps are far above the average users’ consumption, their mere existence could cause users to reduce their time online. Just ask people who carefully monitor their monthly allotments of cellphone minutes and text messages.
Now, as I watched Patrick pass Helio Castroneves with a little more than a lap to go and set sail for the checkered flag, I started thinking of a guy I know who’s well up the food chain at the CTV Television Network. Our kids play on the same baseball team and we compare notes at practices and games. [snip]
So I saw him at the baseball diamond yesterday morning and told him about watching Danica Patrick win the race in Japan via streaming video because TSN didn’t have it on and he said that I haven’t seen anything yet.
"Within two years, every 42-inch, wide-screen, plasma TV on the market will be in high-definition and Internet compatible, which means you won’t be watching your race on a 4-inch-by 4-inch screen on a desk in your home office but on a screen the size of the wall in your family room.
"And you probably won’t be changing channels much longer, either. Just about everything you watch will start with the letters ‘www.’ "