This blog is by Matt Barrett, member of the Support Team at Junction Networks.
I was recently directed to an article on the early history of metered billing. Found on the Ars Technica website, the article, entitled, “Mad About Metered Billing? They Were in 1886, Too” took me back to a time just after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Like most people who took a ninth grade US history class, I knew the cliff-noted version of the phone’s initial impact. I’d heard the line, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you,” as Bell was so famously quoted during the world’s first phone call--and something may have been mentioned, however briefly, about a race to the patent office with Elisha Gray. That was it. Bell was a hero, and the phone revolutionized the way human beings communicated.