The Nation: The Meter Is Running

A favorite American pastime will be in jeopardy if New York Telephone has its way: no more curling up with a nice phone to enjoy a chat that goes on ...

and on ... and on. At present, many people in the New York City area are billed 8.2¢ for a call within certain nearby zones; for that flat fee, they can talk their hearts out. Now the phone company has asked the state Public Service Commission to let it charge 5.5¢ for each call plus 10 for every minute of conversation.

Thus a three-minute call would cost more than an unlimited one...

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