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Friday, January 6, 2012

Bell gets Cheaper and More Expensive

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

https://secure.dslreports.com/shown...ers-Caps-117669

"Users in our Bell Canada forums note that the Canadian incumbent telco has lowered the monthly rate of several of their tiers, but they've countered that by lowering customer usage caps as well. A look at the Bell website reveals that the company lowered usage limits on all their tiers, in addition to raising the overage cap penalty limit (at $1 per gigabyte) an additional $20, to $80 per month in maxiumum usage penalties."

Bell Canada recently made the news that it would no longer apply throttling to its customers later this year. Well, the other shoe has dropped and it seems that with this change comes some pricing changes. The ISP has dropped prices, but also lowered limits on its packages. Go over your data cap and get slapped with a fine. I cannot say this is not wholly unexpected. I would think this is a rather transparent attempt to draw more money from its customers as the Internet replaces other services. The part that makes me wonder is while connection speeds are going up, it is suspicious that the data limits are not increasing appropriately, and are even shrinking. Personally, I would rather have a larger data cap with the same speed, than some of the faster speeds offered. What about you?


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bell Canada Readies To Welcome Speedy Customers

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...article2277313/

"In a joint letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, dated Monday, regulatory officials at Bell Canada and Bell Aliant indicate the companies will stop implementing the controversial traffic shaping practice in March."

It looks like Christmas has come to customers of Bell who look for unbridled speed. For many years now, Bell Canada (among other ISPs in Canada) has throttled the speed of its customers who use P2P technologies during certain times of the day. Simply put, if you use something that uses P2P (with certain exceptions) at 8:00pm in the evening, expect your connection speed to slow to a crawl. Bell reasoned that P2P was disruptive to their networks and added congestion that affected its other customers. That will soon no longer be the case! Upgrades to their network could definitely be part of the reason for the change of heart, but it is also quite possibly that they realize that money can be made from data hungry customers. While the throttle will disappear, their data caps will not be, and act as a ceiling on what you can do each month. If you want to stream one more movie, or read one more webpage, it will cost you.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shaw Communications Ups Internet Transfer Caps, Lays Out Plan for Big Speed Boost

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:30 AM

http://shaw.ca/newpackages/?WT.mc_id=C995A2047S98

"Today we are excited to share our new direction on Internet pricing and packaging with you, our customers. With your help, we've created a model that we hope you'll agree is fair, flexible and offers a variety of options for customers today and into the future. We'd like to thank the hundreds of customers who took time to come out to the 34 sessions and those who shared their ideas online. Many of those who participated are the technology innovators who told us they wanted an Internet experience that worked not only today, but for the needs of tomorrow. We also heard that our customers wanted transparency, more choice of internet speed and data options, increased flexibility to meet their varied needs, and above all, fairness."

There's been a lot of noise here in Canada bout UBB (Usage-Based Billing), and as one of the big ISPs here in Canada, Shaw is right in the thick of this fight. Unlike, it seems, the rest of the major ISPs (Bell, Rogers, etc.) Shaw is actively seeking out feedback from their customers and have come up with some interesting results. Read more...


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The UBB Deception: Usage Based Billing in Canada Explained

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 PM

This is one of more easier to understand videos when it comes to the issue of Usage Based Billing - UBB - and what it really means. I'm putting this on every site in the network because if you're in Canada, you need to understand what's happening (everyone else in the world might find it interesting). Now that one of the ISPs here in Canada has admitted that the pricing of their plans is not linked to actual use, the logic behind UBB start to become even more baffling. We know the motivation is money, but as a "small c capitalist" I believe there's room for plenty of profit while still being fair to your customers. The model of usage-based billing we use in society for buying clothes and food should be applied in the same way for a data connection. Read more...


Friday, January 21, 2011

Expensive Internet is Expensive

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/...ternet-ndp.html

"Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital affairs critic, said the telecommunications regulator's decision to allow usage-based internet billing won't just affect the so-called bandwidth hogs but could hit many Canadians financially."

Last year, the CRTC decided to approve Bell's proposal for Usage Based Billing for its wholesale customers. That decision also outlined what costs Bell could charge for customers who went above certain thresholds for usage. Independent ISPs cried foul. Some Internet users expressed outrage. Now it looks like politicians are getting into the foray. Personally, while I can understand the idea of UBB, I disagree with have it is going to be implemented. Bell is going to be able to charge on a per user basis instead of in aggregate to its wholesale customers. The charges are also extremely high.

The rates will punish those who make most use of the Internet and only serve to guarantee higher profit margins for what is in effect, a government enforced oligopoly. Sure, not everyone needs a terrabyte of data transfer (at least at present) but with people watching their meters, ideas like YouTube and Hulu would likely never have taken off. People might ignore updating their OS or programs because that uses up data. If you were stuck with a data transfer cap, what would you be willing to sacrifice?


Friday, October 29, 2010

Canadians! Get Ready To Pay Bit By Bit!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/...g-internet.html

"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."

I have seen reports that suggest that Canadians are among those countries that pay the most for their Internet access. Looking at what prices can be had elsewhere, I would tend to agree. The CRTC's most recent ruling though, leads me to think that prices are either going to increase, or Canadians will just have to settle with having limited Internet connections where they have to watch everything they do. I am not going to argue that Canadians should see the same prices as those posted in Japan or several nations in the EU, but I cannot see how the recent decision for Usage Based Billing will help foster a digital nation intent on innovation. People will be afraid of testing out new services available on the Internet, assuming they are even offered here (How long did it take for Netflix to offer streaming in Canada? And with what selection?) leading to a nation of people behind the times. It seems to have turned more towards profit over vision.


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