bakedjake - 6:02 pm on Feb 2, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: bakedjake at 6:33 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]
doesn't make what they are charging fair
Look I don't like my bills going up either. But what's fair? And who gets to decide?
I pay $189/mo. or something like that for Internet at home. I think that's fair. You say paying 10% of that isn't fair. Who's right?
It'd probably be half of that in the States for a similar connection. But houses, cars, milk, basic personal taxes, garden sheds, wages for employees, large livestock, firewood, adult novelties, and computers are all more expensive in Canada. You can't compare costs 1:1 between the US and Canada.
You will continue to see a realignment of costs for high speed internet access. The exponential growth in usage but corresponding decline in pricing experienced over the last decade is not sustainable.
I note that this industry is similar to satellite TV: enormous capital cost, market as oligopoly, near zero incremental cost for new customers. If I started a campaign to get the government to lock satellite TV charges in place (as they go up every single year) and claimed that increases were "hurting Canadian families", everyone would think I was stark raving mad. Why the difference?
Also, I find it very interesting that this decision was made nearly 8 months ago, but no one knew about it until the CLECs didn't get the discount they wanted. :)
[edited by: bakedjake at 6:33 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]