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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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Crtc Green Lights Usage-Based Internet Billing

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Metered internet usage is on the way, with the CRTC handing down its final decision on how wholesale customers can be billed by large network owners.The federal regulator on Thursday gave Bell Canada the approval to implement so-called usage-based billing to wholesale customers usually smaller internet service providers that rent portions of its network within 90 days. Under the plan, Bell will charge wholesale service providers a flat monthly fee to connect to its network, and for a set monthly usage limit per each ISP customer the ISP has.

Beyond that set limit, users will be charged per gigabyte, depending on the speed of their connections. Customers using the fastest connections of five megabits per second, for example, will have a monthly allotment of 60 GB, beyond which Bell will charge $1.12 per GB to a maximum of $22.50.

If a customer uses more than 300 GB a month, Bell will also be able to implement an additional charge of 75 cents per gigabyte.


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In its May ruling, the CRTC said Bell could not implement its usage-based billing system until it had moved all of its own retail customers off older, unlimited downloading plans. The requirement would have been troublesome for Bell because it would have meant punishing its oldest and most loyal customers.

As another condition, the CRTC also required Bell to offer to wholesale ISPs the same usage insurance plan it sells to retail customers.

Bell appealed both requirements, saying the rules don't apply to cable companies and that they would constitute proactive rate regulation by the CRTC, which goes against the government's official policy direction that the regulator only intervene in markets after a competitive problem has been proven.

In Thursday's decision, the CRTC rescinded both requirements, thereby giving Bell the go-ahead to implement usage-based billing.

Customers of smaller ISPs such as Teksavvy and Execulink who signed up for service before Feb. 1, 2007, will be "grandfathered," where their unlimited usage plans will be honoured. The CRTC did, however, give Bell the right to periodically raise rates on grandfathered plans in order to urge customers on to metered services.

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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #2
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It's insane.

This will bring my internet bill from $44.34/month to $324.02/month.
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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 09:45 AM   #3
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This while encouraging people to download movies--which they pay to view. The CRTC is just the lapdog of these services. Time for its powers to be stripped.
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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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what a joke.

does this apply to wholesalers that rogers sells to as well?
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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #5
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So that I understand this [ and it will probably be adopted by all holders of the infrastructure ] the net usage is like the unused phone minutes these long distance providers sell us, so such a provider will have increased costs passed along to us? So the only protection is to find someone who is inexpensive that holds the infrastructure correct? So, anyone who uses a phone/cable line is open to price increases?
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what a joke.

does this apply to wholesalers that rogers sells to as well?
Not yet. This specific decision is for wholesale DSL. However, you have got to believe this decision has Rogers wanting to revisit TPIA rules.
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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #7
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i was thinking of switching to teksavvy from rogers.

now i'm not sure if i should wait to see what the crtc rules (to see if the trouble is worth it) or jump on it ASAP in the hope that if i sign up now i'll somehow get a plan that won't be affected by future rate hikes (which i doubt will happen).

it truly is disgusting how greedy these telecoms are, and how they have the crtc in their pocket.
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i was thinking of switching to teksavvy from rogers.

now i'm not sure if i should wait to see what the crtc rules (to see if the trouble is worth it) or jump on it ASAP in the hope that if i sign up now i'll somehow get a plan that won't be affected by future rate hikes (which i doubt will happen).

it truly is disgusting how greedy these telecoms are, and how they have the crtc in their pocket.
I am in the same situation, as I would be a new install with Teksavvy in LaSalle, I'm wonder whether to sign up or wait a bit .....
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Canada already has among the highest data and wireless costs in the developed world. Now this.

We really need some competition in this market.
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Old Oct 29th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #10
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Why not force the cable companies to wholesale like the Telcos? This would at least provide some competition in the new usage based model.
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