Why Did the CRTC approve Usage Based Billing?
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on November 6, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.