It adds up (and up and up)
When Jon Green was growing up in rural Massachusetts in the 1970′s, his family’s phone service consisted of a party line shared with several neighbors. A simple rabbit-ears antenna captured all of seven television channels.
Today, like many middle-class Americans, Mr. Green and his wife, Stacie, carry cellphones, and their home in Maynard, Mass., has a land-line phone, cable television and a high-speed connection to the Internet, each offering an array of extra services. The connections they have come to consider necessities are discreet if not invisible. The tangible reminder is the stack of bills the Greens must pay each month.