Yup, unfortunately standard practice in this case means standard practice for the industry in the US. I don't know about all US carriers but I know the two biggest ones, AT&T and Verizon, force you to have a data plan with a smartphone even if you don't use data at all or only use data via WiFi.
"A real journalist, he [the prosecutor] explained, was supposed to follow police orders without a second thought. A real journalist would never back talk to police. A real journalist would never question a direct police order as to why he was not allowed to stand on a public sidewalk."
Thankfully the defense was able to shred that argument to shreds. What the prosecution was describing is what you see in dictatorships and other such countries, not what is supposed to be a free democracy.
Bethesda/Zenimax apparently disagrees. Mojang has offered to give up the trademark request and even change the name to "Scrolls: some subtitle" but Bethesda doesn't want them using the word "Scrolls" at all and are continuing with the suit.
Markus "Notch" Persson has Tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/notch) and posted in his blog (http://notch.tumblr.com/post/10990169550/a-short-response) that Bethesda doesn't want them to use the word "Scrolls" at all.
They've offered to give up the trademark request and even change the name to "Scrolls: " but Bethesday/Zenimax has refused to give up the suit.
There are two issues here that he mentions in his full blog posts.
1) Comcast did NOT make it very clear that the limit includes uploads as well as downloads.
2) Comcast did not answer his question about what his bandwidth was being used on when he asked after the first time it happened. They didn't even tell him it includes uploads and downloads.
It wasn't until after the second time it happened and he SPECIFICALLY ASKED if it included uploads that they told him it did. He later tried to find the information about the data caps and had a very difficult time doing so.