Big Brother is making his big move on my dime-—and I live nowhere near Ohio!
First: these meters make it possible for the nanny state to impose specific usage restrictions on individual utility customers. In a normal residential situation, all the utility can see is the total demand from a number of customers who share a common feed. Now, they will be able to tell when your AC kicked on. This invites intervention to keep you from purchasing power for a variety of reasons. It is one thing when the utility is attempting to manage its load so as to deal with equipment limitations. It will be another thing entirely when it is for reasons that are rooted in liberal policies or what is considered policically correct.
Second: how long before someone hacks this network, either to “wiretap” the usage of their neighbor or to send rouge commands, such as to trigger load shedding equipment that turns off a specific customer’s hot water heater or AC? Of course, “strong laws” will forbid this. And of course, “strong laws” cannot endure that nobody will ever be the victim of such hacking.
Yep, its another move in Big Brother’s incremental invasion of your home. Not too many people will protest so it will get done. Next step is hooking up appliances so they can only be operated at certain time intervals. “Its for the environment”
Eventually all your utilities, including internet, television service, etc., will be bundled together and controlled/monitored by Big Brother. Will we have to do our exercise before the big screen?