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#1 Stepmomof2

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:30 AM

As some of you may know the CRTC has decided to allow Usage Based Billing (UBB). This decision limits average residential Internet accounts to 25 GB of data transfer per month (with additional charges for added usage). My boss wrote the following which may help put it in perspective on where we stand with the rest of the world. If you disagree with the cap and increased prices please take a stand and sign the petition!!


As you are probably aware, the Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) decided to allow Bell Canada and other network operators to force small ISP's to implement Usage Based Billing (UBB). This decision limits average residential Internet accounts to 25 GB of data transfer per month (with additional charges for added usage).

Just over 65 years ago, two nuclear explosions ended the war that left Hiroshima and Nagasaki in ruins. Only 15 years ago, the city of my birth (Sarajevo, Bosnia), was largely destroyed due to civil war. Today, in Japan, you can buy a 1 gigabit (1024 mbps) Internet connection for your home, and in Sarajevo you can purchase a 100 mbps connection. At the same time, the average Canadian is limited to 5 mbps.

In the United States, even those ISP's that offer bandwidth limits, do so at a level that is 10 times higher than what CRTC has decided is enough for the average Canadian user (250 mbps with Comcast Cable vs. 25 mbps with Bell Canada).

Bell, Rogers and other providers want you to believe they are doing this as a favour to you - they say their networks are unable to support increased usage, but have yet to provide proof of that claim. They say they need more money to "innovate" and "develop" new technologies, but fail to explain why Canadians pay $45 for 25 gigabits of usage when in every other developed country (and many Third World countries), they have already solved this problem.

The truth is this - Bell, Rogers and other major providers are simply protecting their territory. They know that once you have more choice (Netflix, iTunes, IPTV, VoIP.) you will no longer need their cumbersome and expensive services. So, as a stop-gap measure, they have lobbied the CRTC into taking Canada backwards by limiting choice and creating conditions where the consumer will ultimately pay more money for fewer services. If they were truly concerned about network capacity, they would be doing what utilities have done for years - raising subscribers rates by $1 to $2 and using the proceeds to add capacity.

Be assured - as soon as Bell and others have their own Netflix-like, IPTV and other content services ready, their first step will be to "generously"
allow you unlimited bandwidth again, first to their own content and then eventually to everyone.

If during this process they manage to eliminate small ISP's that are keeping them in check, they will consider it a bonus.

So, to protect your rights, to take Canada back to the forefront of innovation and to save your money - take action. Visit http://openmedia.ca/meter and sign the petition to reverse this decision by CRTC. Call your representatives in Ottawa to tell them you are opposed to Usage Based Billing and that you plan to use your vote to reverse this decision. Support your local Internet Service Providers by buying your services from them. And, tell your friends about this issue and ask them to take action.

There is a number out there that represents the critical mass of voices that would force the current government to reverse this decision. Your voice may just be the one that brings the needed change. Please act now.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:50 AM

hubby & I BOTH signed this several days ago. It is seriously beginning to feel like we live in a 3rd world country.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:56 AM

signed.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:55 PM

Conservavtives may reverse decision by CRTC

http://www.theglobea...article1890567/

#5 Stepmomof2

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:55 PM

Conservavtives may reverse decision by CRTC

http://www.theglobea...article1890567/



That is great news!!! Thanks Jen!