UBB Q&A: the Facts #1
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on November 13, 2010
I’m currently in the process of writing my second novel for NaNoWriMo and getting ready to self publish my first novel, so this is a very busy month for me. So to start with, during November when I have any time at all, I thought I’d start answering some of the questions Canadians have asked about Usage based Billing (UBB) BB in the CBC comments section of a couple of the online articles they have published since the CRTC approval this terrible policy.
Correcting UBB Misinformation #1
Starting with the CRTC approves usage-based internet billing
One of the first comments was a question posed by Tech_2007 (2010/05/06) at 11:48 AM who wants to know:
Does Usage Based Billing mean that if s/he doesn’t use the Internet during any given month
s/he will not have to pay anything that month?
The answer to that is you will pay whether you actually use any Internet bandwidth or not.
There is zero benefit for Canadian Internet users under this UBB policy.
Although it’s called “Usage Based Billing” here (or “Metered Broadband” in the United States), it starts with the base rate you are charged. The starting point is the amount of money you are required to pay your ISP monthly. That doesn’t change. (Unless you’re on an unlimited plan… then it will.)
Usage Based Billing is NOT INSTEAD of that, it is in addition to that amount you are already paying for access to the Internet.
And of course, you don’t get any added value at all for this increase that will in fact make your Internet fees go up dramatically, particularly if you exceed the cap.
Stop Usage Based Billing
If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 11308 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.
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: Clement1@parl.gc.ca
Prime Minister Stephen Harper – email: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca
After all, they work for us, don’t they?