It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on May 8, 2010
Reading through the comments on the CBC online story CRTC approves usage-based internet billing clearly shows that many Canadians are misinformed about the issue. That isn’t surprising Because the ONLY “mainstream news coverage” of this very important issue that will affect all Canadians seems to have been provided by the CBC.
Clearly this blog has a lot to do. I think that UBB can still be stopped. If Ministry of Industry Tony Clement can be again persuaded to step in and overrule this CRTC decision as he did with the Windmobile decision both CRTC decisions being clearly contrary to the Canadian public interest it could be over very quickly.
There are many things that can still happen. There are many things that have not been addressed. But I still think one of the most crucial thing is spreading the word to the ordinary Canadian Internet users who do not know this hammer is about to drop on us all — and on our economy.
This only applies to Bell Customers.
As soon as all Bell Canada’s own customers are being charged Usage Based Billing, (even those currently with “unlimited” plans — fight to keep those puppies if you got ’em) the the CRTC decision has given Bell Canada permission to charge UBB to the customers of the Independent Internet Service Providers.
That means me. I get my Internet from Tek Savvy.
Even though I am not a Bell Customer, Tek Savvy is.
Independent Internet Service Providers purchase bandwidth from Bell and then repackages it to sell to their own customers.
This ruling means that in addition to what Independent ISPs already pay Bell, they will have to pay Bell for Customer Usage.
This CRTC ruling has given Bell Canada permission to charge usage based billing to us — all of us — all of the Canadians who have left Bell Canada — even though we are not Bell Canada’s customers.
This ruling will apply to the customers of all the Independent Internet Service Providers.
Help Spread the Word.