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Your average user doesn't care, as long as they're not charged extra for exceeding their quota.

The quotas on wireless ISPs are already very low and people exceed them very regularly. What can be done to actually improve the situation? What choice do consumers have?

But consumers do have a choice, at least in the US. T-Mobile offers unlimited data plans, and although they were just fined by the FCC for deprioritizing heavy data users in cases of congestion, that's still a significant improvement over standard data caps. (At least T-Mobile never did what AT&T used to do before they were sued, throttling users who weren't connected to congested towers.) Some web searching shows that Sprint just recently started up a similar offering. Sure, the more favorable terms come at the expense of network quality compared to Verizon or AT&T, but they're not that bad and that's the nature of competition...

They'll take my grand-fathered-in unlimited plan from my cold, dead hands...

Actually one more contract-violating rate increase and I'll probably be forced to give it up. The only way I still justify it is everyone is paying an arm and a leg to Verizonopoly in my area.

Voting for representatives that actually represent people and not corporations.

Which means voting for people supporting election financing reform.

I had this thought earlier: how about just electing people who don't give in to corporate lobbying. Keep corporate donations legal, I don't care, just actually look at the disclosure forms of where their money is coming from and don't vote for them if you disagree with conflicts of interest. Or if they have PACs that aren't transparent, don't vote for them.

People are unable to make their voting decisions outside of the TV commercials and news articles they read, so I don't have any real hope for this tactic.

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