Late last night I posted to a thread about the economy and I made the statement that, even though I am unemployed and living on a shoestring budget, I
don't feel any shame over springing for Internet because I have the least expensive DSL I could find and that, for the price of a few DVD rentals, I
get 24/7 access to entertainment and television.
Then I log on today and read this. And, yes, my cheap Internet is with AT&T.
What a bunch of crooks.
As it stands my "$14.99", per month, Internet is already always between $25.00 and $30.00 bucks due to a 2 page list of arcane fees that one would
have to be a lawyer or engineer to fully understand, and so many different taxes that I often wonder if they are actually real. So, basically, I
already pay double the advertised price. And now this!?!?
I'm probably not the only one here old enough to remember the days of AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy. But the limited use model is how things began
with the Internet and the greed of these companies is what spawned the unlimited model. In the late eighties to mid nineties. It was not uncommon, in
the old days, to hear of somebody running up a one month Internet bill in the high hundreds, or even in the thousands. Local ISPs sprouted up,
everywhere, offering unlimited use contracts for a fair fee.
I used one of these for years.
Then, the major companies caught on, and offered even faster unlimited service with more amenities, and began buying up or putting the local ISPs out
of business. After that the switch to high speed, from dial-up began. I never stopped to question the motive. But now it is clear. This was done to
prevent small, local, start-up ISPs from being possible. Having a few servers with modem banks is one thing. Having access to fiber optic trunks is
Now, with the monopoly in place... right back to pay by the hour plans we go.