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.
|Censoring @WikiLeaks Over #CableGate: First EveryDNS, Then Amazon, PayPal and Now Twitter|
|Transportation Security Administration Now Has an Instagram Account|
|Useless Shit on the Internet|
|The Air Forceâ€™s Rules of Engagement for Blogging|
|"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."|
|“The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic.”|
|"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."|
|Unboxing a Factory Sealed IBM Compatible PC from 1988|
|“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”|
|“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”|
|Nerf John Wick|
|“You can make spaceships much bigger than anything we’ve seen so far in history.”|
|"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."|
|Top 10 Reasons Men Are Scum|
|“That glazed-over look a grandma has at a Vegas slot machine is the same look Facebook chases in its users scrolling the feed.”|
|Loneliness is Not an Old Friend|