I live in DC and the Eastern Corridore Amtrak lines are really awesome. By car it takes 5-8 hours to get to NYC depending on traffic. Amtrak takes 3.5 hours. This is the busiest route on Amtrak as far as I know, and it would be great if it had a dedicated high speed track.
I think the reason for the pricing at ~$2.00 GB is that it makes the bandwidth price for a Netflix or other streaming movie about equal with your standard cable On-Demand movie. If the ISP, which also is a cable company, owns the On-Demand rights to content also available to streaming, it seems very likely that they would want to find a way to keep people watching their $4-$8 movies when they are "free" with an $8 Netflix subscription.
I'm surprised at the knee jerk reaction to technology in education. Technology is just a tool that is only as good as the teacher who uses it. Laptops, whiteboards, etc have been great tools in the project based learning area, and study after study shows that project based learning is better than rote learning. http://edutopia.org/project-based-learning-research
In my opinion, we need much better training for educators in how to properly use these tools. Putting devices into a classroom that uses the same teaching techniques as the 19th century will get the results we are currently getting in most schools, nothing.
Blinding speed can compensate for a lot of deficiencies. -- David Nichols