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http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/928850--netflix-worried-by-canadian-internet-download-caps

netflix is not amused by this.
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post #122 of 306
garbage frown.gif I'm one of those victims on Teksavvy DSL and my internet is going up like $15 bucks / month.
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I hope no one in Canada wants to download and play World of Warcraft and then do nothing after that for an entire month
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post #124 of 306
Quote:
Originally Posted by MeeMoo220;12212430 
There are less ppl in canada than all of Texas. Is it really that hard to provide uncapped internets for them? Seriously?

fewer people than texas in 14 times the area.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Exostenza;12214227 
That is one company that isn't even in the west where I live. The major players aren't a factor in this metering of the internet, so really this is small potatoes and nothing for most of Canada to care about. I get 15MBPS down and unlimited bandwidth for 45 bucks a month and Shaw is not going to change that anytime soon. In fact every few years we get a free speed upgrade when the infrastructure can handle it.

tl:dr this is with one company that is extremely tiny in Canada and hardly anyone will be affected.
Shaw just dropped their caps and introduced overages.

$2.00/GB for standard high speed.

http://www.shaw.ca/en-ca/ProductsServices/Internet/High-Speed/
    
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This news has really bothered me. Why aren't we advancing network technology for end users and optimizing efficiency instead of cutting services and raising prices? If this is widely adopted I'm scared to see how it will affect online media delivery. To me it seems that this is cable companies desperately clinging to a dying business model (cable TV).

Are we going to look back on the time period from 2000-2010 and see it as the golden years of the internet? I'm afraid that this will happen. Just as I was beginning to hope that Netflix will offer 5.1 Dolby audio streams along with their HD videos. Kiss those bandwidth-intensive features goodbye if this becomes widespread.

Right now I'm on 13Mb/s down, 1Mb/s up unlimited for $50 (no cable) and I'm happy. The only other paid service I use is Netflix for $8/mo.
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Originally Posted by serge2k;12218996 
fewer people than texas in 14 times the area.

While the population density in Canada is dwarfed by Texas, it still has ~10m more people according to Wikipedia. 96.3 people/mi^2 vs 8.3 people/mi^2. I'm willing to bet a lot of the 'last mile' costs are subsidized (as they are in the US IIRC). To be honest this just seems like a grab for money. frown.gif
Edited by binormalkilla - 1/31/11 at 10:14pm
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post #127 of 306
...and no one gives a crap about australia. Typical.
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post #128 of 306
Poor poor Canadians.
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post #129 of 306
Why send technology backwards....
The internet in Australia is pretty pathetic compared to the technologically developed world, but I still feel pain for those who had the joy of huge quotas & then had them taken away.
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canadians just got their internet balls kicked several times. low blow from the government... where's a ref when u needem.
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