wheel - 7:30 pm on Feb 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
I personally have no problem paying what's competitive. I actually don't have a problem paying excessive fees. Quite frankly, I run a home based business with two people on the web all day, run my voip phones, my kids watch videos online, we do research etc etc etc. All for less than I spend on dinner for my family....at McDonalds. It's not the price. It's the regulation.
And in this case, while the pricing doesn't really cause me a problem it will cause a problem for some folks. Students and low income folks for example. Not that I'm some sort of advocate.
I seriously object to the price increase, that I don't feel is necessary, by the gov't. Not private industry - the gov't. The gov't is meddling and making it clearly worse.
And what's worse than that? The fact that a private company, that effectively has a state mandated monopoly, is going to be the beneficiary of that gov't largesse.
It's like mixing the worst of socialism and capitalism and what have you got? Internet access in Canada.
If the government wants open access the smart thing they would do would be to nationalize the hardware and lines and let everyone have equal access on a cost basis.
Gov't shouldn't be involved in many things but internet access is almost to the point now where it's up there with basic infrastructure like roads, power and water.