Originally Posted by angrysasquatch
Bell has had caps for a while now. The recent issue was the CRTC was allowing them to charge smaller ISPs by the gigabyte, effectively making smaller ISPs be forced to implement caps as Bell has been for a while. Enough people got pissed off that the government took notice and told the CRTC to re-evaluate its decision. I'm hoping they come to the same decision so the government can get rid of the useless twits in the CRTC.
Assuming that you have similar laws concerning the way big ISPs can charge the smaller ones (ie. not by gigabyte), then it will only affect AT&T customers, and people with independent ISPs will be fine.
The USA Had a set of regulations Back in the 90's that required ISP's to sell out their last mile services to smaller companies competing over consumers, designed to keep prices low.
What did the ISP's do? They sued the government (and paid them off) until it was repealed.
now there is almost no competition between ISP's because the laws allow them total control over any area they occupy. where i live, Qwest has a monopoly, and the maximum speed i can get is 1.5Mbits/s, and qwest won't upgrade their stuff in our area because there is nothing there competing against it.
each provider has their own Monopolies on different areas of land, allowing them to charge whatever the heck they want without using that money to upgrade their system.
Most of the other developed nations that have better service and prices use regulations similar to those that were repealed in the US, Meaning Competition is everywhere....... If that isn't Corporate Greed and Corruption at its finest, I don't know what is.
I'll tell you all something else, this all has to do with control and net neutrality. AT&T Puts caps on to restrict people from using netflix, THEN turns around and says that its own crappy streaming service does not count towards your capped data usage......... same with comcast....Edited by Nemesis158 - 3/14/11 at 1:58pm