Kiss your affordable Internet access goodbye! As of March 1st, the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), a supposedly impartial governing body that regulates and supervises telecommunications in Canada, have actually agreed in a decision forcing all independent DSL and Cable Internet providers to substantially match incumbent (like Bell) usage rate caps.
Ontario residents can expect a usage cap of 25GB (60GB in Quebec) from 200 GB. Content and data from Netflix, YouTube, IPTV, large file downloads or other streaming services can consume large amounts of bandwidth and place your cap limits in jeopardy very quickly. And if you go over, the CRTC has imposed a very high overage rate, above your new monthly limit, of $1.90 per gigabyte ($2.35 per gigabyte in Quebec).
Why are they doing this? Companies like Bell claim that it's because of the costs associated with running their network. But charging only after you go over some amount is not usage-based billing but a direct and exclusive way to target smaller ISPs who provide better, cheaper, more flexible service than the big Telcos.
As an added bonus, this corporate-friendly decision will allow big telecoms to gouge consumers by charging per byte much like they already do with smartphones, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services (rather than use services like Netflix). It really is all about maximising profits and killing the competition.
|Everything We've Learnt About the Surveillance State|
|The Guardian's Editor Explains Intimidation Tactics from U.S. and U.K. Governments After Showden Leaks|
|"If the map I see is different from the one you do, how are we going to agree on what we're looking at?"|
|The Electronic Media Competition|
|What They Thought the Internet Would Be Like in 1969|
|100 Things We Can Do Today to Stop Global Warming in the Next 30 Years|
|“Creating a shift from medical device to positive body image statement.”|
|“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|"Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail."|
|"It’s time for something so stupid it’s actually smart."|
|"Here is Home Depot's tape measure tutorial in all its glory."|
|"The scientific reality of artificial intelligence."|
|Watson 2016 #thinkwatson|
|“A flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities.”|