Phone Companies Set Off A Battle Over Internet Fees (WSJ) 

Content Providers May Face Charges for Fast Access. this makes me wonder if electric companies will soon follow suit. my electric company doesn't know what I do with the delivered power, much as the phone (or cable) company doesn't know (or shouldn't know) what I do with the delivered bits. but imagine if they did: would they charge differently for higher value-added uses? electricity used for entertainment, such as game systems, TVs, DVD players, and audio systems might be charged at a premium rate compared to electricity used for basics such as lights or heating, since there are alternatives to using electricity for lighting and heating (not as much of a monopoly), but there's really no alternative for electric appliances, especially higher value-adding appliances such as PCs or TVs....

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