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megimoo
01-31-2011, 05:46 PM
200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Internet

Metered 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.

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.

"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


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/canada-gets-first-bitter-dose-of-metered-internet-billing.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

Novaheart
01-31-2011, 06:19 PM
Great. Kill it. All it did was give us better access to information and more retail competition. Oh, and free porn of course.

fettpett
01-31-2011, 06:34 PM
this must be why Yukon isn't on anymore























(yes i know he got banned)

Adam Wood
01-31-2011, 07:00 PM
this must be why Yukon isn't on anymore























(yes i know he got banned)LOL!


Not sure how contract law is handled in Canada, but this would be a really simple matter here for me: "my contract says I get this much for this many dollars. Want more money? Go pound sand."

Arroyo_Doble
01-31-2011, 07:01 PM
Great. Kill it. All it did was give us better access to information and more retail competition. Oh, and free porn of course.

Makes it hard to cut the cable when the cable holds your Internet.

Comcast is no dummy.

fettpett
01-31-2011, 07:06 PM
I feel bad for the Canadian World of Warcraft players, they are going to get screwed on this

djones520
01-31-2011, 07:13 PM
I feel bad for the Canadian World of Warcraft players, they are going to get screwed on this

You raise a good point on that. Gonna have to ask a friend of mine about it tonight.

megimoo
01-31-2011, 07:15 PM
Makes it hard to cut the cable when the cable holds your Internet.

Comcast is no dummy.Screw Comcast,There's always DSL !

fettpett
01-31-2011, 07:42 PM
You raise a good point on that. Gonna have to ask a friend of mine about it tonight.

I would too, but my sub ran out and don't have the $$ atm to get it going :(

Bailey
02-01-2011, 08:26 AM
I would too, but my sub ran out and don't have the $$ atm to get it going :(

You don't have 15.00 dollars?

Just restarted my subscription after a long break.:D

fettpett
02-01-2011, 10:12 AM
You don't have 15.00 dollars?

Just restarted my subscription after a long break.:D

I've got other stuff i need to pay for atm, and school....:(