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Old 30.01.2011, 12:07
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Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

Note; This is just currently being proposed in Canada... But..... I can see the US ISP`s adopting this.... and maybe "other" countries ?????

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are about to impose usage-based billing on YOU.

This means we're looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay MUCH more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.
These Big Telecom companies are forcing small competing ISPs to adopt the same pricing scheme, so that we have no choice but to pay these punitive fees.

This will crush innovative services, Canada's digital competitiveness, and your wallet.

We urgently need to send a clear message to Ottawa, saying that we won't stand by while some of the most profitable companies in the country indiscriminately add new fees to our Internet bills. Enough is enough.

UPDATE: The CRTC just made a decision that paves the way for new internet fees to be added to your bill. To stop this we need to raise our voices now more than ever.

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Old 30.01.2011, 12:18
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

Metered internet usage is not new, has been the norm in Australia for years as Telcos claim high cost of bandwidth to various points including to Singapore and the US.

Thankfully, we in CH pay a flat fee and download to our heart's content.
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Old 30.01.2011, 16:18
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

The cost of bandwidth is low and continues to fall in almost all mature markets.

The difference in pricing of bandwidth for consumers has little to do with that, and everything to do with how easily big cos are allowed to abuse monopoly power and gouge consumers...
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Old 30.01.2011, 16:29
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

Several Uk providers have monthly limits or 'fair useage' policies. The biggest problem with these is that they don't provide any means for the user to meter their useage. The first that the user knows is when they receive a bill for excess useage, or their internet is disconnected for a period of time.

The costs of the excess useage are often way above the standard costs, especially with mobile internet services.

Although my ISP does not have any limits, I have recently installed Net Statistics to monitor traffic. I saw this mentioned in a separate thread here.
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Old 30.01.2011, 16:38
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

FYI Swiss Online the dial-up service before Cablecom's Hispeed cable service was capped. So was CC's Hispeed when first introduced back in 1998. One could check the usage on CC's website with the Mac number of your cable modem. The limit was originally 300Mb/per month as I recall.

The concept of capping a service with speeds of 100kmps offering live TV and movies to download is now absurd...
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Old 30.01.2011, 17:26
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

Revolution, not evolution. Lest we forget how it used to be.
This is effectively no different, to how the first internet connections used to be, in the 90's with dial-up. You just paid to the telecom companies, for the duration of the connection, in the same way as you pay for a call, by time.

It's their way in cashing in on the popularity of internet usage, and trying to reduce usage/demand, because their technology is struggling to keep up.
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Old 30.01.2011, 17:43
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

I'd have to put Wollipedia on my ignore list. I don't think I could afford it otherwise...
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Old 30.01.2011, 21:24
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Re: Metered Internet Usage.... Coming to an ISP near you.... perhaps...

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