bakedjake - 2:45 pm on Feb 2, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: bakedjake at 3:04 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]
The topic is government regulation of metering.
No, it's not. It's Bell making a change in pricing for wholesale. The CRTC hasn't stipulated that any last mile provider must charge on a usage basis.
If you've read something that says that anyone must implement UBB, with the exception of Bell itself selling retail to its own customers if and only if they implement it across their wholesale business, please refute it. It's false. Read the source documents.
The government has approved Bell's request to implement usage based billing to their wholesale customers.
It's VERY important to understand why it's happening. The CRTC sees no reason that they should interfere with a market based pricing mechanism, except to ensure that Bell (retail) doesn't have an unfair advantage over its competitors reselling Bell DSL. The CRTC's decision was one of non-interference.
Unfortunately this is now a political issue which means it will go whatever way the public demands it does, issues be damned. So the public shall get MPs dictating network policy, which is always a good idea!
a monopolist is being allowed to set excessively high prices
"excessively high" is subjective, but you're basically right. All that's happened is that Bell has changed its wholesale pricing model.
What North America (and much of the rest of the world) needs is local loop unbundling so the incumbent does not have a monopoly on wholesale DSL.
What the world needs is last mile competition. Unbundling doesn't do that.
[edited by: bakedjake at 3:04 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]