A Model for Explaining the Cost of a GB

When I spoked to Curtis Shaw at Northwestel yesterday, he emphasized the difficulty of identifying the true cost of a GB based on the complexity of the system that supports its delivery. Granted, that is likely true, but the systems within the oil and gas industry can’t be any less complex. Yet that industry has managed to represent the cost of gas to the consumer in clear and simple terms:

Obviously there’s a pretty strong political message wrapped up in this image, but it does somewhat justify what we pay at the pump. Northwestel could get a lot of mileage (pun intended) out of a similar graphic. (Unless, of course, 89% of the 10-per-GB penalty fee is profit!)