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ugghhh. I don't want an auditing body looking over internet services. If we had that we would still be using dial-up modems.
Competition has driven services and prices. If there is third party meddling in driving down prices, you are not going to get the internet you want.

Water, gas, electricity all operate as monopolies and there is oversight for that. But look at the cost side too. At least in California, took forever to get remote meter reading capability...and it still doesn't work. We added 10M people in the last couple decades but no more water resevoirs.
Actually competition hasn't driven services and prices, when one cable company can legally monopolize a service area. There's a reason the US/Canada keeps falling farther and farther behind every other country in the world.
post #72 of 74
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Those Unlimited plans do not exist anymore after the introduction of Usage Based Billing. Now it's based upon an 'Insurance' plan where you pay additional for exceeded bandwidth from the allocated cap. I believe one of the worst parts about Canadian internet is the lack of a sufficient upload speed. The download is absolutely atrocious but the upload suffers even more so.
They had their website updated before UBB was implemented dictating that unlimited plans would be renewed, showing the new tiered prices, AND linking to openmedia.ca encouraging current members to write members of parliament, etc.
TekSavvy is what would be called "on the ball". Since UBB was pushed out of the line of site, teksavvy took off their 'new' website and re-implemented their usual, normal, awesome prices. They also increased the cap on their limited plan to 300GB when it was 200GB, stating that it was a "bite the big one, Bell" move.

How do I know? I use them. And downloaded almost 500GB so far this month...

Other places in Canada that used to offer unlimited: most of them still do. Check out Acanac, and many others. It was only a response to Bell's retarded UBB implementation that caused them to change it.

Also, furthermore, during elections many parties are using UBB in their platform - for or against. Why? Because Canadians put up an uproar for this.
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post #73 of 74
Solution:
1. Build secret tunnels under US
2. Lay own fiber
3. ???????
4. Profit


On a serious note, I'm really starting to hate this BS and lack of competition. Qwest now offers up to 40megs for $19.99/mo (for a limited period of course) but I'm still stuck paying more than that for the puny little 1.5M/786k they didn't even want to tell us was available out here....... Qwest controls my zipcode, and the zipcode next to me is controlled by CenturyLink. Oddly enough centurylink provides 15Mb service to an area 5 miles Further away from a Major city (spokane) than i live, and i only live about 10 Miles from said city. its ridiculous.
Edited by Nemesis158 - 4/19/11 at 11:32am
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Honestly, Canadian ISP's , namely in the more eastern provinces, are monopolous, and we always have to pay over-inflated prices. They don't even offer fiber optic, and the ones that do, it costs more than an arm and a leg.
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