It seems to me to be ironic that the country that leads the information revolution, giving us the means to access data from devices that we carry in our pockets, is unable to manage free enterprise to enable its citizens to best exploit the information revolution.
Within the realisation that smart-phone ownership costs much more per month in the US than in the UK is the striking fact is that the much cheaper UK phone plan includes unlimited data, whereas the US plan has a limit of 2 GB per month. To my mind, the value of the information revolution is unlocked by allowing me to download whatever I want without having to worry about the bill. Actually I don’t know how much data I use, because I course I don’t need to care, but for what I use my phone for mostly (work) I do want to be able to download papers, animations, complex diagrams whenever I want, I want to be able to hold a video conversation whenever I want, and I want to be able to use my phone as a mobile hub whenever I want.
People will say that things like electricity, water, gas etc are paid for at the point of use and according to use, but I argue that data supply is not like other utilities. I know what my utility usage will be month by month (more importantly, my utility companies know the same, enabling them to use predictive billing to save their costs). But data and information are not like that (and indeed, neither is a plan that allows usage up to such and such an amount). I want to be able to pay a reasonable fee to have no restrictions. And the UK seems able to organise this.