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CRTC Renegs – UBB is Coming Soon

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on October 28, 2010

When the CRTC approved Usage Based Billing in May, it was conditional on two things.

  1. Since UBB will force the Independent ISPs to bill like Bell, it means they will no longer be able to provide their customers “unlimited” packages, in an amazing show of backbone, the CRTC told Bell that before implementing Usage Based Billing, first Bell had to cancel the unlimited plans still enjoyed by their own customers.
  2. Since Bell offers their own retail customers a “usage insurance” plan, the CRTC made implementation of Usage Based Billing conditional on Bell offering the same insurance to Bell’s Wholesale customers, who are in fact the Independent ISPs Bell also competes with for retail customers.

Today, on Thursday October 28th, the CRTC granted Bell’s appeal on both counts.

This means Usage Based Billing could begin implementation as early as January 2011. This will be a truly rude awakening for the many Canadians who are unaware that this is coming. Imaging getting an Internet bill for double what you are used to paying for monthly access. Just at the time Canadians are digging their way out of the seasonal spending chasm.

I’ll do another post tomorrow with suggestions and breaking information. Right now I’m just too angry.

If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 11014 signatures

If you have, who can you get to sign it?

That’s easy: anyone who uses the Internet.

Because Usage Based Billing will harm us all.

Usage Based Billing is a Disservice to Canada.

http://dissolvethecrtc.ca/

STOP Usage Based Billing

STOP Usage Based Billing



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  5. RobertX said

    It’s the saddest thing because there was almost no coverage about the progress of this matter AT ALL, save only DSLReports and your site.

    I hope you’re still with us, and I hope it will be a long time. Even if we have to wait three years to get back on track, I hope you will stick with it, Laurel. I don’t mean to overwork you, but you’re still important to us in this fight. Why? Because you’re one of those who showed us that we don’t need to get technical or decorated to understand these issues and that you, as a citizen, are not afraid to say what you think.

    All the best.

    • RobertX said

      Adding onto that, I don’t know if this will make you feel better, I would like to thank you for what you’ve been doing.

      On an aside, I humbly await your novel’s release with great anticipation!

      • CBC online covered the story too, although according to Tony Clement there will be a 90 day period during which the ISPs can appeal.

        Thanks is never amiss 😀

        I await my novel’s release too…

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