It is difficult to produce a television
documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve
minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about
toilet paper.- Rod Serling
wrote about abolishing the secret voting ballot a couple
days back and I discovered people are quite uncomfortable
exploring new ideas. What a surprise.
Well, you ain't heard nothing yet:
Comcast is going to start applying
a cap on how much data a user can download per month, something
like 55GB. I think that's a terrible idea. My opinion is
that the cable companies should be charging us by the byte,
Consider this: should you, a person who only uses the internet
for the occasional Google search and/or email be charged
the same monthly cost as the guy downloading Czechoslovakian
monkey porn 24/7? Doesn't seem fair to me.
The internet companies clearly know how much data each of
us streams through our respective routers each month so why
not just add it up and bill us by the GB? Make it a quarter
a GB and call it even.
Along these same lines, cable tv should charge by the minute
of use. The best argument I have for this is that Fox News
cable box out there, per month, regardless of whether the
home attached to it is ever tuned to that channel or not.
Local channels on cable should always be free of extra fees
but every other channel should charge, say, a half-penny
a minute. That doesn't sound like much but do the math. 60
hour times five hours per day is $45 a month. The cable providers
will do just fine.
There are other benefits to this idea. It would be an incentive
for people NOT to watch garbage TV. It would encourage people
to get together to watch special events en masse. It would
encourage people to simply turn it off, thus saving energy.
Best of all, it might even encourage people to talk to one
But, while I'm at it I might as well ask for a pony, too.