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Why Did the CRTC approve Usage Based Billing?

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on November 6, 2010

No Usage Based Billing

I’ve been doing this blog for well over a year. I’ve learned an awful lot. It all started because there was no place where I could go to find out about this stuff. The only people who knew about UBB were tech people and for the most part since they understand this stuff they don’t realize what non-tech people don’t know. In order to be able to explain this stuff, I’ve had no choice but to learn about a lot of tech stuff that is WAY over my head.

That said, the most powerful reason I began this blog was that I simply could not believe that Usage Based Billing could be approved by the CRTC because it is such an incredibly bad deal for Canada since:

The real price we’ll pay is the curbing of Canadian internet use.

This is what I wrote in my very first post about UBB:

This is really dangerous.

It will not hurt the internet.
It will just compromise Canadian internet access by artificially inflating the transaction costs.
Which will hurt Canadian Citizens and Business alike.
Talk about acting contrary to the public good.

—A Disservice to Canada

But what is even more in credible is that is why Usage Based Billing was approved.

Bell didn’t even attempt to sell the CRTC on the idea that they were adding value, because clearly they are not.
Red Maple Leaf graphic
All that is being added is an ADDITIONAL entirely different price structure (and caps).

Bell told the CRTC that they needed Usage Based Billing as a way to artificially inflate internet costs on purpose.

The REASON the CRTC approved UBB was to allow Bell to deliberately inflate the cost of the Internet

to discourage Canadians from using up the Internet.

Bell claimed it was necessary for Traffic Management.

The CRTC Chairman Konrad Von Finckenstein believes Bell’s story that the Internet is congested and this is a reasonable “traffic management” method.

CRTC green lights usage-based internet billing

Canada ALREADY has some of highest Internet costs in the world. For mediocre service. BEFORE Usage Based Billing.

Check out Jesse Brown’s Search Engine TekSavvy interview to get an inkling of how this insanity will impact on the Independent ISPs.

Stop Usage Based Billing



If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 11270 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.

http://dissolvethecrtc.ca/

You can also call or write your MP, MP postal code look-up

Heritage Minister James Moore – email: Moore.J@parl.gc.ca

Industry Minister Tony Clement – email: Clemet1@parl.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper – email: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

After all, they work for us, don’t they?

STOP Usage Based Billing

STOP Usage Based Billing



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5 Responses to “Why Did the CRTC approve Usage Based Billing?”

  1. This really makes you wonder who’s best interests the regulators are acting in, doesn’t it? Fortunately it doesn’t affect me, but it’s going to his a lot of people hard when they see their bills jump without warning.

    The problem is that we don’t have real competition. And we won’t have real competition. The CRTC doesn’t like competition. So the Canadian public will get screwed.

  2. […] [Canada] Why Did the CRTC approve Usage Based Billing? That said, the most powerful reason I began this blog was that I simply could not believe that Usage Based Billing could be approved by the CRTC because it is such an incredibly bad deal for Canada since: […]

  3. RobertX said

    Well, I’ve finally put together a letter. Good for me!

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  5. […] and Business alike. Talk about acting contrary to the public good. A Disservice to Canada …read the full article here Post Information Rate this Post:  Loading … Written by Frank, Filed under: Digital […]

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