Get ready to pay a LOT more for Internet in Canada

Bell, Telus, and Shaw getting set to gouge canadians again

The CRTC has recently made a decision that will force smaller internet service providers to charge similar usage-based fees as Bell, Rogers and Shaw.

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What does this mean? forget downloading movies, music, or uploading lots of pictures to facebook, If you use Netflix, get out your wallet.

I have a feeling this move by the big companies is meant to make netflix more expensive than staying on their own poor TV service.

Basically what this means is that this ruling has cleared the way for the Big providers, Shaw, Telus and Bell to set a ridiculously low bandwidth limit on your home Internet connection, and then charge you through the nose for anything over that limit. Basically the same deal as your cell phone. You will see this ruling commonly referred to as "UBB" or usage based billing.

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You can sign a petition for the idiots in Ottawa here:

Please fill out the petition, This will really hurt small businesses, and will cause Canada to have the highest cost for Internet in the world.

I am not totally opposed to the idea of only paying for what you use, but in it's current form it is a blatant rip off. It only costs about $0.01 to $0.10 cents per gigabyte to transfer data on the internet (that price includes the cost of the infrastructure). I would sign up for a plan tomorrow that charged me $10.00 per month maintenance, and then $0.25 per Gigabyte I used. The current plans are a rip off pure and simple.

Rob Monday 31 January 2011 - 10:27 am | | Default
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