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Wow... like the price of Internet was not expensive enough in Canada. This is completely unjust and idiotic.
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eh, it looks like a user fee. use less resources, pay less money, and vice versa. makes sense to me, don't really understand why people using hundreds of gigs bandwidth are getting outraged and think other people should subsidize their HD porn piracy (lulz).
Edited by Clock for Clock - 1/31/11 at 2:17pm
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This petition isn't going to do beep all. The real people to blame are the government, massive regulation has left the internet market to a few very big Canadian ISP's. If you deregulated the market and allowed American corporations to expand into Canada without any rules they would undercut the competition big time. I.E. Why go with Bell or Rogers capped Internet usage when you can have Verizon with faster speeds and higher caps for a lot cheaper? AT&T used to be in Canada but Canadian taxes and regulations forced em out. Because they were barely turning a profit.


This won't ever happen in the U.S. unless all the corps are in on it, which would be illegal price manipulation. There is always someone who will undercut the rest and gain market share.


So enough with petitions and vote for the right party next election time, you know the one you blame for making Canada more like America. It just might save you.
post #74 of 306
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Originally Posted by Clock for Clock View Post
eh, it looks like a user fee. use less resources, pay less money, and vice versa. makes sense to me, don't really understand why people using hundreds of gigs bandwidth are getting outraged and think other people should subsidize their HD porn piracy (lulz).
The problem is not usage based billing itslef, it's just the profit margin, at $2,50 per GB, that is between 8500% and 40000%. Plus the actual profit from paying the most expensive internet in the world.
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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.
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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.
Bell owns the internet backbone. That ISP is one of many (Shaw included) who pays Bell for the backbone of Canadian internet. Bell is now allowed to charge ISPs (Shaw) for each gigabyte. The pricing this small, un-noteworthy ISP unveiled is a taste of things to come. Shaw will be forced to come up with a similar model, with likely very similar rates. It affects you.
    
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We have had this for years down here, very limiting...

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That is horrible. I am dreading the day ISP's get their way in the US...
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Stop the meter
Yeah, I don't think any Canadians are going to just allow this to happen. The petition is currently 167,000 strong and rising by thousands by the hour.
Thats a pretty cool video.

I feel for people with bandwidth caps. As more and more companies are moving towards internet distribution (Netflix, Steam, D2D, etc) the more restrictive ISPs are being with bandwidth.
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