UBB is Bad
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on February 6, 2011
“Usage-Based Billing: A last-ditch effort to kill the competition.
By forcing all the small ISPs to cap usage and operate just like Bell, the CRTC has effectively buried any strategic advantage that small ISPs can use in competition against Bell and other major telecoms.”
Financial Post: Seeing red over metered Internet gets some of it right, but thinks there can actually be justification for UBB.
“if users do find that their usage is being metered, they are going to change their habits.”
“There is a huge conflict of interest here being seemingly ignored by the CRTC. Bell-Rogers are limiting their competitors’ ability to compete with their cable divisions, by using their Internet divisions to discourage increased Internet usage. Why is this not discussed more often? Maybe one company should no longer be allowed to own both?”
— Corey Flemming Letter to the Editor, Big carrier Internet conflict
“Although large incumbent operators such as Bell Canada have put in usage caps of between 20 and 60 gigabytes, competitive ISPs like TekSavvy either offer 200 gigabyte caps or even unlimited use. If the rules go into effect, competitive carriers would have to enact similar bandwidth usage limits on usage.”
It’s not over yet.
Regulating Canada into the last century will not help our digital economy survive in this one.
We need to Stop Usage Based Billing before it starts.