httpwebwitch - 2:27 pm on Feb 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yup, typically I pay more per month for an "unlimited"* basic residential plan than my comrades south of the 49th parallel. Canadians are already overcharged for our connectivity, and this new legislation is going to make it worse, mark my words.
*"unlimited" = never really means unlimited; there is a ceiling and I've hit it several times
Here in Ontario, we have two choices. Bell, or Rogers. Bell owns the phone wires, Rogers owns the Cable TV wires. Ultimately any electrons that enter my house come via one of those two infrastructures. I've got a Bell plan for my phone, and Rogers for my TV and Internet - I compared prices just a little while ago and they're both really about the same (exorbitant) price.
Small ISP companies are all just reselling one service or the other. When I call around local ISPs to negotiate my connection service, the first question I ask is "Are you selling Bell or Rogers?". The prices at these ISPs are generally the same as if I bought directly from the two monoliths; they survive on slim margins offering added customer service.
If this was just the cartel hosing us then the free market would eventually bring in an opportunistic American provider to give these fat hosers a stiff uppercut. But... this legislation is coming from the government. They've doomed us.
Personally I don't download much in the way of massive media content; I'm not a netflix or torrent consumer. But I do move very large piles of data around for my business - in the future I may have to stop manipulating these piles of data on my local machines in Canada, and start moving data around using rented servers in the USA, controlling them from up north like a puppeteer (I've already started doing that anyway, for some processing jobs)