--It was bad enough that wireless companies started hitting up customers for extra cash if they wanted Net access. Now we're looking at even higher fees if you want fast Net access. Verizon is reportedly looking at new rates that will depend on the speed with which data is delivered. Faster downloads -- more dinero. Verizon and AT&T are also offering plans that will cap the amount of Net access you can have, depending on how much you pay. Unlimited data plans? That's so 2009.
--Elsewhere in the telecom world, the online video site Hulu has unveiled its Hulu Plus premium service, which will give subscribers unlimited viewing of current season TV shows for a monthly fee. The company is offering a free one-week trial, with a subscription cost of $7.95 a month after that. That's lower than the $9.99 originally floated. On the downside, Hulu Plus still comes with commercials even thought you're paying extra, and you can't fast-forward through them. Hulu is co-owned by big dogs such as NBC Universal, News Corp. and Disney.
-- David Lazarus
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