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Chesterfield, MO
reply to ISurfTooMuch

Re: Naturally, this makes sense for ESPN

The only caveat I have is streaming video content is today's bandwidth elephant. If we rewind the clock 15 years to when DSL was just spawned, quality streaming video on par with with broadcast/cable video just wasn't possible. As technology continues to march forward (and it will because other than rural coverage, the fixed-price model seems to have provided sufficient capital to build where we are today), video will no longer be an elephant. This means even if some of these schemes have some logic today, they won't tomorrow. It would be far better for innovation if ISPs competed with fixed-plan prices (and maybe they need to increase the prices to cover inevitable upgrades) rather than turning to the airline model of including almost nothing in the ticket price and everything else is extra.

My thoughts turn to the revenue generated when monopoly AT&T charged fees for touch-tone dialing and unlisted numbers. Once they start down that path again and today's duopoly just gets more entrenched, we'll never get rid of it short of DOJ action.