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Bell has gotten the CRTC to let them introduce usage based billing

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This means two things for Canadian internet lovers. One, Bell can and most likely will charge their customers by the GB. Two, all of the smaller ISPs that use Bells DSL lines are forced to comply with the changes because they're "stealing bells business". Teksavvy, a great ISP who I am with had a great 5mbps plan with 200gb bandwidth for about $40 a month. Come March my bandwidth will be limited to 25gb. I can get an additional 40Gb extra at $4.75/month. Rogers has not shown any plans to follow this that I know of but they probably will.

So if you're Canadian and don't like this at all, please goto http://openmedia.ca/meter and sign the petition. Hell even if youre just Canadian sign the petition. also post it on facebook or twitter to try and spread the word. When I signed it earlier today was at about 80k people, its now at 107k.
 
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any idea if shaw media is going to follow this as well or vianet? with shaw i have 60gb bandwidth but they don't monitor it now and i have on occasion seen my usage go to nearly a 1000gb this would suck if they did this.
 
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Shaw's still around? nice. I remember having cable from them like 15 years ago. Anyway I couldnt tell you for sure. The thing is with Bell is they own these lines. If shaw and vianet have their own they can do what they want. I havent heard anything about anyone but Bell yet.
 
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Shaw's still around? nice. I remember having cable from them like 15 years ago. Anyway I couldnt tell you for sure. The thing is with Bell is they own these lines. If shaw and vianet have their own they can do what they want. I havent heard anything about anyone but Bell yet.
yah shaw is still kickin there actually pretty good for the speeds and amount of bandwidth considering im up in northern Ontario signed anyways, bad enough we have time of use electricity and now time use internet type style nazism with our internet.
 
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Great news so far! The Liberals and NDP are against the UBB billing, and the meter is near 250,000 signed. thats impressive.
 

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Hell even if youre just Canadian sign the petition
So you are petitioning the changes for internet usage? Ironic you have to use the internet to do this! Good luck!
 
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Im on Cogeco here in Ontario, I hope they dont fudge their packages around too much.....
 
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THIS is why I hate Bell. Bell is the worst communications company. Their ISP service sucks, their cell phone contrats are a complete joke, and their Satalite service also blows donkeys. All this grouped together with their pathetic so called "customer service" means they'll never receive another dime of my money.

Signed the petitition- fuck Bell Canada.
 

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with shaw i have 60gb bandwidth but they don't monitor it now and i have on occasion seen my usage go to nearly a 1000gb
bad enough we have time of use electricity and now time use internet type style nazism with our internet.
Am I missing something here? You use almost 20x your alottment without paying extra and then compain that you have to pay for electricity too?
 
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i just checked and shaw is adding the fee's aswell it will cost from 1$ to 3$ for every GB over your cap
 
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i just checked and shaw is adding the fee's aswell it will cost from 1$ to 3$ for every GB over your cap
Ok thats always been there. what usage based billing is like cellphones. so you pay for 500mb for the month.
 
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im in canada and i'm with cogeco i use to have unlimited banwith and arround 10mbps late year for the same price im getting 14mbps and 60 gigs a month. i have to change it im now paying arround 35$ more a month for overage @ 1.5$ a gig withc i think is a ripp off. iv been looking at nexicom for arround the same bace price unlimited banwith and 12mbps. does anyone know of any plays arround that for about 45$ a month?
 
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I live in Quebec and we only have Bell or Videotron to choose from. With Videotron, I get 30Mbps d/l, 120 Gigs capacity/month for 66.95
 
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Yeah with luck the cable companies wont follow suit, but if they do were screwed. unless parliament prevents it
 
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Everyone hates on bell for throttling torrents and introducing pay per GB, but atm, Videotron is F*&$^ bad.. the 2.5Mbps line has a 3GB limit... yes three. the 7.5Mbps has a 30GB limit, and it costs ~45$/month, every GB you go over is 8$. the 15Mbps line has a 60GB limit and is 55$/month[u

Then there is the 30Mbps line at 67$... Do not forget this is not included our 14% tax or the other fees.

With Bell you get a 16Mbps line at 45$ with a 90GB limit but you can add 40GB/month for 5$ up to 3x (ie: 15$ month extra for a total of 210gb). If you have another service with them you can easily get 5$ off or a free 40GB extra usage plan
 
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rogers has about the same i think there n-ster. Though the overage isnt as high.
 
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Everyone hates on bell for throttling torrents and introducing pay per GB, but atm, Videotron is F*&$^ bad.. the 2.5Mbps line has a 3GB limit... yes three. the 7.5Mbps has a 30GB limit, and it costs ~45$/month, every GB you go over is 8$. the 15Mbps lin has a 60GB limit and is 55$/month
There has been a few changes to the lineup but what you said is mostly true
 
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Sorry to hear that Kreij.

Ever consider a move to Alberta? :laugh:
 
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Roger's limits are higher I believe. doesn't matter in Montreal we only have 2 choices. Bell or Videotron (or small companies using Bell's lines, but apart from teksavvy, most are crap. even teksavvy is expensive...

yea videtron just upped by a bit it seems. still stupidly bad. In europe and asia etc etc they get 100Mbps line at the price we pay for a 10mbps line lol, with no caps on top of that.

@ Kreij, you live in the middle of nowhere, you are supposed to pay more xD Montreal's population is about half of QC's population and over 10% of Canada's population.
 
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i hate what happend to cogeco but the overage is only 1.5$ a gig but at the ned of the month im paying about 70$ a month looking to save money. i run 5 pcs 3 witch game so i was maxing out my overage every month.
 
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You may think that us people out in the sticks should pay more, but when the zombie apocolypse hits guess where you're heading. :p

I understand the frustration, but like any utility company, everyone is in business to make a profit and keep their shareholders happy.
If they all go belly up, you ain't gonna be any happier.
 
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haha that's where you can see you do not know Bell... They have a shitload of money... Quebeckers are a very patriotic bunch and they like sticking with the same company no matter what as long as they are a huge company (ie: Bell). Bell has the monopoly for DSL in Montreal, they have a huge majority of resedential and business clients in QC. The way they throttle our internet is ILLEGAL in Canada, but they get away with it because they are Bell. If every were to use their internet conection at 50%, Bells servers would crash
 

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We do not have Bell here, but we have the same concept. No choices.
It's crap satellite or dial-up for me. I would be happy to pay more for a better connection.
Oh well, no use complaining as it does no good. I think I'll go check for zombies. :D