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200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Internet
08-22-2011, 01:08 PM #1
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etered Internet usage (also called "Usage-Based Billing") is coming to Canada, and it's going to cost Internet users. While an advance guard of Canadians are expressing creative outrage at the prospect of having to pay inflated prices for Internet use charged by the gigabyte, the consequences probably haven't set in for most consumers. Now, however, independent Canadian ISPs are publishing their revised data plans, and they aren't pretty.

"Like our customers, and Canadian internet users everywhere, we are not happy with this new development," wrote the Ontario-based indie ISP TekSavvy in a recent e-mail message to its subscribers.

But like it or not, the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved UBB for the incumbent carrier Bell Canada in September. Competitive ISPs, which connect to Canada's top telco for last-mile copper connections to customers, will also be metered by Bell. Even though the CRTC gave these ISPs a 15 percent discount this month (TekSavvy asked for 50 percent), it's still going to mean a real adjustment for consumers.
This is going to hurt

Starting on March 1, Ontario TekSavvy members who subscribed to the 5Mbps plan have a new usage cap of 25GB, "substantially down from the 200GB or unlimited deals TekSavvy was able to offer before the CRTC's decision to impose usage based billing," the message added.

By way of comparison, Comcast here in the United States has a 250GB data cap. Looks like lots of Canadians can kiss that kind of high ceiling goodbye. And going over will cost you: according to TekSavvy, the CRTC put data overage rates at CAN $1.90 per gigabyte for most of Canada, and $2.35 for the country's French-speaking region.

Bottom line: no more unlimited buffet. TekSavvy users who bought the "High Speed Internet Premium" plan at $31.95 now get 175GB less per month.

200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Internet

"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."
You need "protection"

Here's the "good" news: TekSavvy users can now buy "insurance," defined as "a recurring subscription fee that provides you with additional monthly usage." For Ontario it's $4.75 for 40GB of additional data (sorry, but the unused data can't be forwarded to the next month).

There are also "usage vault" plans—payments made in advance for extra data. Consumers can buy vault data for $1.90/GB up to 300GB in any month.

Where once TekSavvy consumers could purchase High Speed Internet Premium at a monthly base usage of 200GB for $31.95 a month, now they can get about half of that data (if they buy two units of insurance) at $41.45 a month

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08-22-2011, 03:41 PM #2
Kreeper Griobhtha
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So, let me get this straight... The government decided to enact this?

:Hmm:


"Where once TekSavvy consumers could purchase High Speed Internet Premium at a monthly base usage of 200GB for $31.95 a month, now they can get about half of that data (if they buy two units of insurance) at $41.45 a month"


I pay twice that for half the bandwidth (500Mb per day.) and only about 1-1.5 Mps. Here they call it a Fair Access Policy. Fair? Fair for who? What these moves will hurt is online movies and videos. Companies like Netflix would be well advised to not make the planned move to online only. Games are another story. I play an MMO (DDO) that can run all day and will not use any bandwidth at all. WoW is the same way. Some flash games will kill your allowance. Pages with a lot of graphics and pics can be kind of heavy, but you still need to look at a lot of them. Besides movies and videos, you will have to really get a grip on auto updates. Those are a killer also.

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08-22-2011, 03:48 PM #3
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gaah.gif Calling my ISP today and see wtf is going on. I use ArcMAP and it takes a LOT of bandwidth. vic.gif
08-22-2011, 07:15 PM #4
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gaah.gif

Biere.
08-22-2011, 08:38 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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That sucks big time gaah.gif Are they gonna call it 'retro' connections? 13.gif



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