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(formerly Stop Usage Based Billing)

2010 in review

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on January 2, 2011

No Usage Based Billing

[The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and this is summary of its overall blog health]

Crunchy numbers

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010.
If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 45 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 90 posts. There were 180 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 79mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 30th with 4,161 views. The most popular post that day was Overturn the CRTC Ruling.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Overturn the CRTC Ruling October 2010


Why Stop Usage Based Billing? September 2009


Why Do Bell and Rogers Have Customers? May 2010


CRTC Approved UBB May 2010


UK Downsized to Two Strikes November 2009


We need to Stop Usage Based Billing before it starts.

If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 11481 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:

Industry Minister Tony Clement – email:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper – email:

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

STOP Usage Based Billing

STOP Usage Based Billing

4 Responses to “2010 in review”

  1. RobertX said

    Happy New Year, Laurel.

    If UBB is in-fact a reality, do you still have plans?

    • Happy New Year to you too, Robert.

      UBB is *not* yet a done deal. So it is important to continue telling people about it to raise awareness, and I will continue to do that. I’ve a few ideas of important articles I’ll tackle in the next few weeks. But I’m pleased to see that people are in fact using the StopUBB blog as a reference. Many of the site visits are readers returning to learn more about it.

      Even if our government decides to allow the sacrifice the Canadian Digital Economy via UBB implementation, I’ll continue to speak out about it.

      If UBB is implemented, the big job will no longer be making Canadians aware of UBB, but rather providing information about UBB.

      A major reason for situating the StopUBB blog here on has always been as a hedge against the passage of UBB. If I hosted this (and my other) blog(s) on my own server under my own domain name in Canada, the increasing website traffic would start costing me money under UBB. However, that’s not an issue because StopUBB is actually hosted on the site in the United States. Bandwidth consumption in the USA is encouraged, since it indicates positive digital economy growth. Sadly enough, in this area it certainly seems that the American WordPress corporation is more supportive of Canadian bloggers than the CRTC is.

      If the the CRTC’s bad decision to allow implementation of UBB is overturned, Usage Based Billing would stop being an issue. Then I think I’d try to nd this blog down into a “technology translation” blog. Most of my friends and family are not very computer literate; and even though Canada has an extremely high incidence of Internet users, most are not technical and we just learn the tools that we need to get the job done. That’s why an expansion of the efforts I’ve already made to explain computer issues to ordinary users is omething I would continue.

      • RobertX said

        I’ll continue to support this blog though I am cut-off from DSLReports due to its pessimistic inhabitants. It irritates me for the fact that they propose nothing yet try to undermine the hard work others do to help the situation.

      • Sometimes pessimism is from frustration. It is hard to keep fighting when it feels like you won’t win. What bothers me more than pessimism is defeatism– giving up without a fight.

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