My next estimated wireless bill? $700

IMG_20140619_101744_033I have been on the road – big family road trip. We’re on day 10. We have seen the Indy 500 Speedway, Churchill Downs, Gettysburg, two Minnesota Senators, Wicked on Broadway, Taylor Swift (we could have gone home after that as far as the kids are concerned), Cleveland and we’re working on Chicago before we go home.

My monthly coverage for wireless started the same day the trip started. Within two days I got an email saying my 18 GB access was used up. I upgraded to 40 GB. Today I got a note saying we’ve used 80 percent of that allotment.

Our bill this month will be $700 – unless we go over our upgraded data cap.

There are five of us in the car; four are online at any given moment. No one is doing homework. No one is doing telehealth. No gamers. My kids are well versed on the importance of downloading videos at the hotel. I have uploaded some video – but mostly it’s regular wear and tear.

Everyone who thinks mobile wireless is a real option for families or a business should have to feel the pinch for even just one billing period.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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