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Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane View Post
As much as I hate to say it, this makes sense. Every other thing we use is metered in one way or another. Should pay for what you use. Not saying I like it but it won't surprise me one bit if it all goes this way. Although if it does I don't see how the cloud ideas will ever work for anyone.
I totally agree with this, but most people seem to have missed the point that this metered internet will actually cost about $1 per GB(while actual cost are about a cent or so (at least, it's what says Netflix CEO (source).

Now, you may say that you'd just have to go to another ISP, however, competition is rare in the Canadian telecommunications markets, because the companies must be Canadian. Which is why the CRTC allowed "resellers" to use the infrastructure that after all, public funds had largely participated in financing, which is the only way to have unlimited internet at a reasonable price over here. However, the same CRTC ruling implies that these resellers will be charged the same price than retail customers, minus 15%. Which means no more unlimited (or reasonably capped) internet.

The problem is not the "pay per gigabyte", it's the "pay a buck per gigabyte". Because, of course, it leads to less video streaming on the internet for the average joe, and more watching TV provided via satellite by... Bell Canada.
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Now, you may say that you'd just have to go to another ISP, however, competition is rare in the Canadian telecommunications markets,
Rare? More like non existent.
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Rare? More like non existent.
In most major cities its either Bell or Rogers, both companies only care about screwing you as hard as they can and they know if you switch you will be screwed just as hard.

In places like Sudbury where I live, we are lucky to have Eastlink and Vianet which have their own networks and wont be stifled by being forced to piggyback on Bell or Rogers networks.
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In most major cities its either Bell or Rogers, both companies only care about screwing you as hard as they can and they know if you switch you will be screwed just as hard.

In places like Sudbury where I live, we are lucky to have Eastlink and Vianet which have their own networks and wont be stifled by being forced to piggyback on Bell or Rogers networks.
That's what sucks about Windsor. Cogeco monopolized the lines . It's only gonna get worse.
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Wow... just, wow...

This is pretty stupid. And that's all there is too it. I mean are the people who are going to allow this completely computer retarded or just drones? lawl...
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For those who skipped article,

http://openmedia.ca/meter

Its the petition linked at the bottom! Urging all to sign it
Just signed it
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Ha. I thought Canadians knew how to keep their corporate exploiters on a leash.
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Ha. I thought Canadians knew how to keep their corporate exploiters on a leash.
"That's kind of hard when the corporate exploiters seem to have the regulatory commission in their back pocket..."

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And this is why I keep urging my dad to not upgrade our internet speed ($35 a month for 5Mbps down/1 upload if im lucky) because its a plan from 4 years ago when there were absolutely no caps. Telus tried to tell us that they'll upgrade our internet to 15Mbps Download and 5 up, but we didnt take it because it would involve a cap.
If you are on their ADSL2+ or VDSL they don't enforce at all. They do have a cap, but no enforcement (... yet).

If they are smart it will stay that way.
    
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so guys. a lot of good games are coming out on steam. how's that internet working for you?
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