Best Practices/Big Ideas

Price the bandwidth, not individual services.

The gas company doesn't charge me different amounts for gas used for heating my home versus cooking, do they? The electric utility can't change the rates on the power based on what people use it for, can they? That would be illegal.


We need the same, simple law for digital bandwidth provided by anyone. People should be able to purchase bandwidth and afforded privacy for how we choose to use the bandwidth we purchase.


For example, having to pay for text messaging separately from data is unfair. They are both just bandwidth. Let consumers purchase bandwidth without being charged individually for how they choose to use that bandwidth. Why should I pay more because I want to send text data when I'm already paying to receive video data?



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Idea No. 218