I consider myself to be a educated consumer and as such I have tried to provide my family with a combination of telephone, cable tv and internet service at reasonable prices. Over the years I have switched internet providers and like everyone else I have been forced to upgrade my computers in order to use the Internet. High pressure ad campaigns by my phone company and cable company each seeking to provide all three services (tv, phone and internet) constantly bombard my tv and mail. I refused up to this point to cave in give one provider all my business, but it seems I no longer have much of a choice. My current phone and internet provider AT&T stopped providing internet security without warning unless I have their all inclusive plan! I'll probably go with my cable (tv) provider for all my needs until I can find more options. What really bothers me about this whole situation is the loss of choice as a consumer and the manipulation of technology which coerces consumers to change. I feel like a patron at a restaurant where the waiter is choosing wnat I will eat. I am reminded of the many science fiction movies where the populus are monitored by big brother and lead very restricted lives wherein they watch only approved tv programs and reading is banned as subversive behavior.
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