UBB #1 Archive
About UBB and Me
However, the Usage Based Billing problem is such a big issue I thought it needed it’s own location.
Aside from occasional posts covering new material on this issue, I will continue to add any links to Usage Based Billing material I come across online.
The more we know about Usage Based Billing the better we can fight it.
About Laurel L. Russwurm
…daughter… sister …aunt… cousin …wife… mother …writer…
… it is always possible to change the world …
even if the only thing you can change is yourself.
I’ve been a writer all my life, but for the last few years I’ve been on a child rearing hiatus.
Although I’ve done my share of Googling and emailing over the years, recently I started getting more involved in the internet world.
It all began with a mother’s day gift of a Domain Name and a copy of HTML Dog. Since then I’ve been learning XHTML, creating websites, using flickr, adding to wikipedia, joining facebook and making blogs. One of the coolest things about the internet is the ease of communication, and the ease with which it allows us to share things like family photos no matter how far flung the family is.
My “Mom” background includes a combination of school volunteering and fundraising as well as PTA involvement for more than a decade. The changes in technology have caused dramatic changes within the schools. Increasing amounts of school work are done on or through computers and the internet. Schools are online. Increasingly student assignments are online. Yet not every Canadian school child’s home contains an internet connected computer even now. This price gouging will certainly make things infinitely worse for those kids.
So you can see I have very deep concerns about the Usage Based Pricing Issue in regard to both these areas of my life.
Extortionate pricing will certainly reduce internet access and change Canadian internet behaviour, not only for me and mine but for the wider community of Canadians. It will certainly impact negatively on the Canadian Economy. In fact one of the articles I’ve linked to in the sidebar tells the cautionary tale of an American tourist whose vacation was marred by a hit of $11,000 worth of technology charges he wasn’t expecting when he got home. This was because his internet connectivity had to be routed through Canadian ISPs when he stayed connected on Canadian soil. Right there is a tangible example of ill advised CRTC policy doing untold damage to our tourism industry.
And make no mistake, this is entirely about extortionate pricing. Bell Canada is not increasing or improving service in any way shape or form. One of the most heinous things this will do is increase the gap between the haves and the have nots purely for the sake of Bell Canada’s corporate greed. As much as I dislike Bell Canada for asking for this, they are a soulless corporation and they will of course get whatever they can get away with. Their allegiance is to their shareholders.
Vastly more frightening is that the knowledge that the CRTC would actually give this to them. The very precedent they are setting of allowing Bell Canada to begin billing customers of other companies just boggles my mind.
The CRTC is supposed to owe its allegiance to the citizens of Canada. As a Canadian citizen, I can see no point in the continued existence of the CRTC if they ignore their mandate to regulate for the good of Canada.
So my concerns with this issue are a combination personal issues and community ones.
You can send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To the extent possible under law, Laurel L. Russwurm
has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Stop Usage Based Billing.
This work is published from Canada.