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Is Petabyte Transfer a Commodity to be Traded on Open Markets?

There is a lot that goes into the electronic transfer of information, excluding your personal computer or smartphone device.  You have cellular towers, fiber optic cables (or pipe), infrastructure to help exchange that information through the pipe, as well as possible optimizations that compress and transfer, or route the information through the networks.

There may be a time where futures commodities such as oil, gold, and silver are traded along side of petabyte transfers, the data packets, not the actual contents of the information.  This means that all the components that help you get from your PC or smartphone to another, as in the aforementioned, regardless if they are leased components (lines) or the ownership of proprietary solutions, such as data crunch utilities to help compress, will all be divided up the price of information transfer to their owners or IP licensees.  Trading the future (3, 6 month contracts) of data transfer (petabytes x rate speed = USD amount) sounds a bit odd, however, anything that we may correlate a value to may be traded on open markets.  Who is the buyer and more importantly, where does the contract originate, the seller, is derived.  I would think the data transfer commodities would be packaged and priced accordingly by an Equities firm, as they pull together all of the players, calculate each component amount, and then price the packaged commodity would be the driver.  So, an equities firm right now may have the opportunity to pull these asset backed securities together, price them, and sell them.  As the technology improves, the price of the contract may go down, however, in exchange, what we send across the pipe may also increase, such as more cloud services, e.g. Gaming as a Service, and then these contracts may be undervalued.  With the approval of all government and legal parties, such as the FCC and the SEC, you may have another commodity to trade.

Allow Customers to Buy Gasoline as Units at Current Price on Loyalty Debit Card

Electric and Gasoline Renaissance Overdue

A legitimate reason IS NEEDED why in this day and age of commodities trading, storage, pipelines, trains, tankers, and trucks, why if I can buy stocks at current market value, or go on Ebay and buy 50 yards of antique bobbed wire at an auction, why can’t I go to a gas station and buy 50 UNITS of gas at the current price of gas that day?  Upon return to the same brand gas stationI should be able to use my same loyalty debit card, and subtracts units of gas from the card, instead of the current price of gas that day. 

Similar logic can be applied to Electric, and EVs but with a twist, incorporating the use of your home “energy provider”, and when charging  ‘on the go’, only pay local “line usage/distribution” fees.

EV Charging Stations
EV Charging Stations

Electric and Gas – Problems Persist at Home

Same problems at home?  Electric and Gas prices fluctuate as well as your use within your home.  My electric provider, Jersey Central Power & Light  (JCP&E) recognize energy price fluctuations, as well as my usage.  In order to negate unpredictable pricing on a month to month basis, they provide the option of a ‘budget’ price, whereby every month I pay the same price even if the price for energy and usage fluctuate.   The company adjusts the budget price on an annual basis, or sooner if their is a major shift in prices or usage.   New Jersey Natural Gas also provide the same ‘budget’ option.  Why did I go through this lengthy explanation?   Home or away, If I need to recharge my Chevy Volt I should be able to chargeback the price of the electricity to my home electric provider at my monthly ‘budget’ price or subtract from the surplus of solar panel output net the line usage/distribution usage fees at the local electric distribution outlet.

Solar Panels on Roof
Solar Panels on Roof

Solar too?

If you own the solar panels on your roof, chances are you may pay Zero (0) per month for electric.  In fact, you may have a surplus which can be sold back to the grid, I’m guessing at the current market prices as well?  Would you agree to sell your excess solar energy back to the grid at a specific strike price, on any given day, and remain at that sale price the rest of the … year?