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Starting on March 1, Ontario TekSavvy members who subscribed to the 5Mbps plan have a new usage cap of 25GB, "substantially down from the 200GB or unlimited deals...
Here's the "good" news: TekSavvy users can now buy "insurance," defined as "a recurring subscription fee that provides you with additional monthly usage."
[edited by: bakedjake at 7:01 pm (utc) on Feb 1, 2011]
To be clear: no provider is required to charge based on usage. Bell has decided to, and it affects people who resell Bell DSL.
people who resell Bell
The topic is government regulation of metering.
a monopolist is being allowed to set excessively high prices
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.
[edited by: bakedjake at 3:04 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]
That's hardly regulation that's contributing to a competitive environment.
I've already received my email. Cost me another $15 a month and I don't download movies or music.
It sucks that prices are going up, but what's the alternative?
Game over, pay up or shut up.
doesn't make what they are charging fair
[edited by: bakedjake at 6:33 pm (utc) on Feb 2, 2011]
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?
\The Federal government was already sending signals of an impending election. So suddenly they "care" about how much it costs me for my bandwidth. Ya right.
A controversial CRTC decision that effectively imposed usage-based Internet billing on small service providers will be reversed, the Toronto Star has learned.
“The CRTC should be under no illusion — the Prime Minister and minister of Industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself,” a senior Conservative government official said Wednesday.
“If they don’t reconsider we will reverse their decision.”
The promise to reverse the ruling comes as CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein is scheduled to explain the decision Thursday before the House of Commons industry committee.
[edited by: engine at 5:48 pm (utc) on Feb 3, 2011]
[edit reason] added link and quote [/edit]
I see no sign of my usage bottling up the internet.