An analysis of government data by academic researchers over the last 25 years shows that from the 1920's through the 80's, the average household spent about 6 percent of its disposable income on "information and entertainment," a category embracing everything from newspapers and movies to telephone service, radios and television sets. In the 1990's that figure jumped to 8 percent. Today, "it looks like it's more than 10 percent,'' said John Carey, who teaches courses in new media at Columbia University's graduate school of business
These unlimited-use plans offer callers the advantage of predictability and less time spent checking monthly bills. They commonly cost $50 to $60 a month with services like voice mail and caller ID bundled in, making the price only slightly higher than the $48 that American households typically spend on local and long-distance calling, according to the Federal Communications Commission. ... No one is certain how customer use will change as people switch to these plans. But evidence from other industries suggests that it will increase significantly. "Usage more than doubles on unlimited wireless-calling plans," said Berge Ayvazian, a senior research fellow at The Yankee Group, a market research firm, "and if broadband is always on, the Internet is always in use."
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