CRTC Chairman Delayed Usage-Based BillingAdded: Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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Konrad von Finckenstein, the head of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) took a decision to delay the provision allowing Bell Canada to introduce usage-based billing for its GAS users. Meanwhile, the CRTC cites almost 2-year-old information reporting average monthly consumption of 15GB to prove that the majority of subscribers fall well within the downloading limits set by the Large Distributors.
Finckenstein was demanded to testify before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to defend the CRTC’s approval of Canadian ISP’s request to enforce usage-based billing. There Konrad von Finckenstein admitted that the members of the Committee, just as Canadians, were worried about their decisions related to usage-based billing for online services, and confirmed that he was pleased to clarify the Commission’s position in the debate over online services.
The worries arose when broadband providers started rolling out higher prices, reduced speeds, and set data allotments for everyone. For example, the subscribers of the ISP TekSavvy saw their monthly data allotment drop from 200GB down to 25GB, which forced the country’s Minister of Industry to decide formally review CRTC’s decision.
The chairman of the CRTC emphasized the importance of the competition between broadband providers, while admitting that the market was dominated by a duopoly split between big phone and cable enterprises. This is the reason for consumers to be unable to choose an Internet service provider best suiting their needs.
However, Finckenstein compared Internet services to other public utilities, since every ISP advertises its prices, data caps and the additional usage charges. Users are able to shop around for the subscription plan best meeting their needs. In other words, Internet is now sold like any other public utility like water or electricity.
Worse still, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission used 2-year-old statistics to define a heavy user, saying that since Canadians used on average 15 GB a month 2 years ago, they fall well within the limits set by the Large Distributors. Seems like they believe that content consumption hasn’t risen dramatically since then, particularly after the advent of such streaming video services as Netflix.
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Thursday, February 10th, 2011
|posted by (2011-02-10 14:05:00)|
|You got to understand that the CRTC is made up of some of the most incompetent people ever given a Govt. job. Any Canadian worth his salt knows that the CRTC is a completely irrelevant organization as far as Canadian interests go.|
|posted by (2011-02-10 14:13:29)|
|CRTC, there the 1's who try to stop everything from coming to Canada that is good! And when they do, CRTC always changes them, such as different packages(etc) then our counter parts. Whatever lame decision they come up with in this case, the PC gov will shut it down. Thank God for that.|
|posted by (2011-02-10 14:17:36)|
I was worried something like this would happen, I am very skeptical when politicians use words like: Review, Delay. It seems like they just want everyone to settle down and then push the law through. I have been closely watching this and I think it will be a big topic in the next election if it hasn't been pushed through by then.
We know have Netflix as you stated, but also more online gaming, from comps and Wii, XBox, PsP etc. People have moved out of Toronto and other large cities as they can now have business far out in rural settings using there unlimited internet. All this will change, if BELL gets there way.
I would be using close to the 25GB a month just playing Mario Kart online with the younger relatives in my extended Family.
|Jeeesus ... I'm LUCKY I live in AUSTRALIA. I was downloading 18GB/month on DIAL-UP ... NINE YEARS AGO. These days I come close to exceeding 500GB/month ... that's right, HALF A TERABYTE and I ALMOST exceed it. Thankfully OUR politicians don't have their heads buried in the sand, like the Canadians seem to have.|
|posted by (2011-02-10 18:09:15)|
|Crashman_123 do you have your "head buried in the sand". Politicians in Australia have been trying to impose Internet Censorship in Australia and you think they are better than Canadian politicians. The world is filled with idiots and politics is the profession that has the highest percentage of them, so it doesn't matter where you live.|
|This would be nice, I know Bell is certainly coming overboard with their overlimit charges.|
And 25GB a month in this day and age is total BS, with things like NETFLIX, Playstation Store it's certainly limiting.
hell I can easily use up my 25GB a month just by downloading all the demos & videos released on the Playstation Store during any given month.
I'll say BELL does provide a good service , very reliable, and in my area the best in terms of speed offered and price. The problem is their damned Fees for going over their set limit.
|Kenbis, the active word in your statement is "TRYING" ... and FAILING. It's also only 2 or 3 that keep putting the bills forward, but they have yet to pass the lower house, and they must pass the UPPER house for the bill to become law (which is HIGHLY unlikely for the near future.)||
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