Would Bundling Your TV, Cell Phone And Electric Bill Make Sense To You?

In the town where I live, the bundling of utilities and billing are handled by the city. Our electric, garbage, water, trash and sewer are billed on a single bill. When I lived in California, each of these services were billed individually requiring separate payment for each service. Now some are predicting the possibility that we could see a bundling of services not only for utilities, but also for cell phone, TV, Internet and other services.

We have seen how cable companies ventured into providing Internet services and have expanded their offering to include phone services as well. This bundling of services by a single entity usually are advertised as a savings to consumers. If you purchase a bundling of services the company usually provides some type of discount on your monthly bill.

In a recent article it stated:

Bundling utility services into cellular and cable TV packages has begun in Australia and some other parts of the world, but it could spread. The idea is both simple and radical at the same time. Power and water are commodities delivered through monthly service contracts, just like Internet service.

When I first read this article the first thought that popped into my mind was Google. For years Google was the search king, but in recent years has expanded into other areas. Google Android now is said to be a commanding leader in software for smart phones, surpassing Apple. Google has also ventured into the computer market with their Chrome netbook, is developing a remote-controlled car, and is also become a venture capitalist interested in the development of a smart grid.

So is Google also in the electricity business? Google has developed their own solar panel grid to power the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA., that supplement their electricity usage. So Google is no strange when it comes to electricity and could venture into the electrical market in the near future.

I guess my main question would be is if you did purchase electricity from your cable company, who would repair the transmission lines during a power outage?

What do you think about the merging of cable and utilities?

Comments welcome.

Source – ecomagination

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Dick

    No, it would only add obfuscation and opportunity for incorrect billing. Also, I don’t have cell phone or TV so it would not matter to me.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Dick,
      But just think, with all the money you save you can get a phone and a TV! :-)

  • Dick

    I have a phone and a TV. Vonage telephone and a nice flat screen TV for DVD’s, Videos, Slideshows, etc. All from my itty-bitty WD Live box with a 1.5 TB HD to hold it all. Actually 2, kept in sync with nifty plug in racks in the front of my monster old computer tower. Also, a small 27″ CRT type TV with VHS and DVD players built in. Rabbit ears to a Genuine US Government coupon digital conversion box. Gotta have it for the Hurricane season in this part of the country. It can get quite “lively” here at times. So see! I’m plugged in High-Tech wise! Got me some genuuuuiiinnneee DIVX / XVID Avi videos and stuff. And some of that new fangled mp3/flac music even. yesiree-bob up to snuff in high tech.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Dick,
      Rabbit ears? What are those? LOL
      I remember wrapping alumium foil around the ends for better reception. :-)

  • Dick

    Wife brought up an interesting point. If you’re short for your cable bill, they turn off the electric, gas, water, and cell phone since it’s all one bill.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Oh Dick, yea of ittle faith.
      Comcast would be willing to work with you! :-)

  • http://ekosent.com/blog Scott

    I totally thought this was going to be an ad for ACN

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