n IMIESA - Joe Soap versus the prepaid meter : metering and billing




Extracted from text ... IMIESA MAY 2006 - 47 Controlling usage and cost in a capitalist society is almost a paradox. Consumers who are well able to pay for their services and goods see no reason for their demands to be limited. In academic terms, cost is a value that is dependent on the market, which in turn is determined by supply and demand. It is difficult to ask paying customers to curb their demand, because convincing them that other people's needs will suffer as a consequence is a valueladen concept. This is the primary argument facing the conservation efforts of all concerned ..


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