I’m barely old enough to remember long-distance calls still being somewhat expensive, but not old enough to remember the market before deregulation. Anyway, I was reading The Shining for the first time a few weeks back and I think Jack was paying something like $3 for 3 minutes of long-distance in 1977. I walked by a pay phone today (which is almost amazing by itself) that had a sign advertising $1 for 4 minutes of long-distance (maybe even international long-distance–by which they would probably mean Mexico–but I don’t remember for sure) and $0.25 per minute after that. These days, I don’t even have long-distance capability on my home phone (which is only there for the DSL and the occasional local call) because I’ve got one of those national cell phone plans with no roaming and basically no long-distance.
So, really, two questions: 1. How much cheaper are telecommunications these days? and 2. Why? Oh, I guess there’s a 3. What took them so long?