Canadian Authorities Will Review Usage-Based BillingAdded: Friday, February 4th, 2011
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Despite the fact that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission gave a green light to usage-based billing two months ago, the country’s Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, announced that PM Harper will be studying the ruling in question very carefully in order to make sure that competition, innovation and consumers are all fairly considered.
Due to the outcries from the country’s residents concerned with the future of Internet service, along with the appeal of at least one broadband provider, the country’s Minister of Industry has announced the plans of the government to review the CRTC’s decision allowing Bell Canada to roll out the usage-based billing for its GAS customers.
Last Tuesday, the CRTC allowed ISPs to charge their wholesale customers for exceeding the monthly usage of data. In its turn, this scheme will force many smaller and regional ISPs to move to a system of usage-based billing for their subscribers. For example, the customers of TekSavvy broadband provider have already felt the consequences, facing a new 25GB monthly data allotment, down from 200GB or even unlimited.
Tony Clement added that he is aware that an appeal had been initiated by one of the market participants. He assured the market players that the decisions of this kind would be studied very carefully to make sure that competition, innovation and consumers are all fairly considered.
Although there’s a good proverb saying “better late than never”, it’s still unclear why the Minister waited since last November until broadband provider started rolling out higher rates, and set data caps to start action.
The main problem is that Bell Canada is currently controlling such a large share of the country’s broadband market that minus the intervention of the government will always attempt to maximize profits at the expense of quality. Meanwhile, it’s not clear again what other result the CRTC have expected.
Tony Clement announced that the Canadian government is focused on the economy and is committed to creating a positive environment for job creators and industry to flourish, promising that the citizens can count on the authorities to do best for consumers. However, it seems that so far the government has been asleep at the wheel, watching ISPs capping everybody’s Internet connections.
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|If the Canadian government is focused on the economy, why give the "Extra money abilities" to a buisness that doesnt already make a huge fortune. Bell doesnt only cover the internet, but home and cell phones, and right across the country too! And as for the extra jobs, bell has mostly foreigners in other countries get the jobs. Numerous times I have tried to contact bell for persistent problems with their services, only to be forced to talk to someone from another country who somehow understands me less than I understand them. No offence to people in other countries, but what good is it to talk to an Indian who speaks 3 words of English, and cant put you through to someone who is from your country. WAY TO GO CANADA! MAKE THE RICH RICHER, AND SCREW THE LITTLE GUY! How will the economy suffer when I cant pay and download songs, cause my cap has been reached. If I pay to exceed the cap, then I cant download as much, cause Im not rich like Bell.|
If this is allowed to happen, whats to stop Microsoft from upping the price of Xbox Live Gold, and then capping the amount of time you can spend on it.
|posted by (2011-02-04 22:51:01)|
|It was announced today that the PM (RH (sic) Stephen Harper) is about to scrap (or squash) the CRTC ruling... the ONLY good this government would have done in it's present mandate!!!|
|usage based billing is ok as long as they still offer unlimited service.|
let the customer decide what is best for them, maybe if they dont use the net much, usage billing is better for them instead of a larger monthly bill, but to not allow unlimited is only a decision for profit and not service.
even telephone companies offer a unlimited monthly service and a usage billing method. so why not internet?
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