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Canada Forces Pay-by-the-Byte Metered Internet on Unhappy Citizens

February 2nd, 2011 02:27 admin View Comments

While Egyptians were enduring an internet blackout in recent weeks, Canadians were–and still are–dealing with an Internet problem of an entirely different degree: the onslaught of metered Internet usage. Citizens are raising their voices in protest, though, and are fighting back against the “Internet-attackers.”

Also called “usage-based billing,” metered Internet appears to be bad news for Canada’s smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but good news for the giants like Bell. Smaller ISPs were profitable because they could rent bandwidth from the larger companies and only pay according to the number of customers they had, and not based on how heavily those customers used the Internet. But a recent decision from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is allowing these larger companies to charge according to the number of gigabytes used. So far, the story is playing in a backwards David-and-Goliath way in terms of how it’s affecting smaller ISPs:

One example is the small ISP TekSavvy, which under the ruling will be forced to … set the data ceiling at 25GB a month and charge customers between $1.90 and $2.35 for each additional gigabyte. TekSavvy formerly offered 200GB or unlimited options, which will be wiped away by the CRTC’s new regulations. According to an e-mail sent out to its subscribers, its premium, unlimited plan users pay $31.95 for will now only get them 25GB per month. [Digital Trends]

What does this mean for Canadians as they sit back with their computers to watch a movie, for example, or download music?

“Extensive web surfing, sharing music, video streaming, downloading and playing games, online shopping and email,” could put users over the 25GB cap, TekSavvy warns. Also, watch out “power users that use multiple computers, smartphones, and game consoles at the same time.” [Ars Technica]

But there is still hope for the average Canadian–government officials are scrutinizing this decision, and could still choose to overturn it.

Industry Minister Tony Clement said the government would decide by March 1 whether to accept the decision, send it back for review, or reject it…. “This is a very important issue for consumers, for small business, and for innovators,” Clement said following a cabinet meeting in Ottawa. [CBC News]

Source: Canada Forces Pay-by-the-Byte Metered Internet on Unhappy Citizens

CTRC Orders Big ISPs To Provide Matching Speeds For Resellers

August 30th, 2010 08:34 admin View Comments

Meshach writes “In Canada there has been a regulatory decision rendered by the CRTC ordering ISPs to provide the same speed to resellers as they do for their own customers. ‘Smaller internet providers such as Teksavvy and Execulink had argued that without requirements to offer matching speeds, the big companies would put them out of business. Bell and Telus are selling internet connections of up to 25 and 15 megabits per second respectively over newer fibre-based networks, but smaller providers can typically offer speeds of no more than five megabits per second over older copper-based infrastructure. After holding a public hearing earlier this year, the CRTC now says it will allow phone companies to charge smaller providers an extra 10-per-cent mark-up to use their newer infrastructure in order to recoup the costs of their investments. The regulator also said it would require cable companies to modify their existing internet access services to make it easier for smaller, “alternative” providers to connect to them.’”

Source: CTRC Orders Big ISPs To Provide Matching Speeds For Resellers

CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

May 6th, 2010 05:02 admin View Comments

qvatch writes with this from CBC News: “The CRTC has approved Bell Canada’s request to bill internet customers, both retail and wholesale, based on how much they download each month. The plan, known as usage-based billing, will apply to people who buy their internet connection from Bell, or from smaller service providers that rent lines from the company, such as Teksavvy or Acanac. … Customers using the fastest connections of five-megabits per second, for example, will have a monthly allotment of 60 gigabytes, 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.”

Source: CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada