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Film: The UBB Deception

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on March 19, 2011

No Usage Based Billing

If  Usage Based Billing is implemented, it will be a very bad thing for Canada,

Thanks to Robert for sharing this little film.  One of the most difficult things about the issue is that the complexity makes it difficult for un-technical people to follow.  Making it worse is the misinformation and totally misleading ideas being spread by those who will profit enormously from UBB at the expense of our nation’s future.

This film may help people who are confused the issue  to understand why Usage Based Billing is bad:

For free software users and anyone else having flash accessibility issues, I am also hosting an ogg version converted via TinyOGG of UBB Deception here

Thanks to François Caron who has released his film The UBB Deception under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada (CC BY-SA 2.5) License.

It’s not over yet.

Usage Based Billing has NOT been cancelled, only postponed.

The CRTC is not doing their job, but rather doing a disservice to Canada.

If you haven’t already, sign the petition. There are only 15028 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

6 Responses to “Film: The UBB Deception”

  1. The submission made by Openmedia and CIPPIC is strong. It’ll be tough for the CRTC to ignore the hard data inside. Before the telecoms held all the info…that seems to be changing.

    • A basic problem is, of course, that the CRTC rulings allowing throttling and UBB indicate a problem of either corruption or incompetence. The CRTC has a history of accepting everything BCE tells it on faith, and all the facts in the world can’t defeat blind faith.

    • James,

      Want to bet? The CRTC is listed in Wikipedia as an example of Regulatory Capture. I expect them to do exactly what the industry wants them to do. Tony Clement had the intelligence to handle the portfolio. Does Christian Paradis? Only time will tell.


  2. The Mad Hatter said

    This may have made things a little bit easier for people to understand. Bell Canada has just admitted that all of their recent profit gains have come from UBB (thanks to Michael Geist for noticing this).


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