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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on May 8, 2010

No Usage Based BillingThis blog isn’t going anywhere as long as the threat or the fact of Usage Based Billing hangs over Canada.

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.

Bell Canada Logo


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.

If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 10640 signatures.

If you have already signed, who else should you be asking to sign?

That’s easy: anyone who uses the Internet.
Because Usage Based Billing will harm not only Canadians, but our Economy.

STOP Usage Based Billing

STOP Usage Based Billing

3 Responses to “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”

  1. RobertX said

    I know I’ve been asking this question and that you are tired of me asking it.

    But from the time of the approval to the time that it will be fully-implemented (I think it’s September), what can we do? Should we hold protests? Write to Tony Clement? Jump off a 30-story building? What?

    I’m already suffering from mental depression and going to DSLReports to trigger it further doesn’t help my case, which is why I’m not going there anymore.

    Don’t know? Welcome to my swimming pool!

    • This won’t just affect computer tech people, it will have serious repercussions for all of Canada. So anyone you know who uses a computer needs to know about this. I’ve been trying to make the tech stuff comprehensible in this blog, but really all people need to know is that Canadian Internet prices are doubling. So tell people.

      Write letters to politicians. There’s a pretty good list toward the end of my Oh! Canada: Canada don’t need no stinkin’ DMCA post. Sending snail mail letters explaining why you are opposed to UBB to to all those politicians will give Canada Post something to do. (And any paper letter to a politician has to be responded to with a paper letter as well.)

      And get people to sign the petition.

  2. RobertX said

    You know Laurel, I may have said this before, you do show your passion about this issue. I admire that.

    I just don’t want to be a sitting while Bell/CRTC continues to pull strings.

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