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Good work everyone, let's keep it up though because you know they aren't going to give up that easily. I expect the same effort and results to our brothers in the south.

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like anyone here actually did something
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We at least signed a petition that went to the parliament.
I asked my MP over facebook what his current internet policy is.

If nothing else, we've raised awareness of the issue.
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Might want to take a closer look at the wording in the press release. They are dropping the UBB proposed on individual users of independent ISP's. Instead, they are going to charge the ISP based on data used.
"Under the new pricing structure, Bell will charge small Internet providers by the total volume of data they use, charged in C$200 per terabyte increments, or 19.5 Canadian cents per gigabyte." Source-MSN Money
The way I read this (certainly open to being corrected) is that the small ISP will be charged on usage. At 19.5 cents per gigabyte, a 250 g limit will cost the ISP $48.75. Now add administration costs, support costs and profits, I can see that 250g going for $55 to $60. This is still cheaper than Rogers or Bell, but will probably mean an increase to users of the independent ISP's. Currently Taksavvy charges 29.95 for 300g. Gonna be a few surprised users, if my understanding is correct.
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like anyone here actually did something
I spent hours campaigning, making calls, filing complaints and spreading the word.
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like anyone here actually did something
Maybe you underestimate the power of the people who care. You could have done something much like us who most likely have signed petitions and contacted MP's. Don't bring your pessimism into a thread where doing something may actually be beneficial.
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What ISPs would do if they were smart: use usage based billing for all consumer bandwidth use, except pornography, which would not count toward your total cap.

90% of the country would immediately lose interest in the debate.
I would have near zero traffic per month.
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What ISPs would do if they were smart: use usage based billing for all consumer bandwidth use, except pornography, which would not count toward your total cap.

90% of the country would immediately lose interest in the debate.
Nah, usage based billing is nothing but pure BS. It costs pennies per gigabyte and they want to charge you dollars per gigabyte. Utter rubbish. There is no strain on the networks. Heavy users aren't stealing all the bandwidth (just using what they pay for, imho)

Here's how they SHOULD do things:

Ok, so in your area there are two types of internet and two companies. DSL and Cable. DSL speeds of 2-20mbit dependant on where you live, Cable of 10-50mbit depending on which package you want/can afford.

If you can only receive 2mbit, then you should only pay for 2mbit. No monthly caps. No usage limits. Ever.

This model would make them much profit, not as much as usage based billing, but then UBB is a load of horsedung and nothing but lies and misinformation.

EVeryone using the internet, regardless of country of origin, should be up in arms about this.
    
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