The CRTC has made a decision this week that could change the way we use the Internet forever. They have approved Canadian Internet Service Providers to implement Usage-Based Billing (UBB), which puts an end to unlimited Internet plans. Now, you will be charged on what you use and what providers want you to “over use”.
Netflix Says ISPs that Charge Per GB are Ridiculous
Wired ISPs have large fixed costs of building and maintaining their last mile network of residential cable and fiber. The ISPsâ€™ costs, however, to deliver a marginal gigabyte, which is about an hour of viewing, from one of our regional interchange points over their last mile wired network to the consumer is less than a penny, and falling, so there is no reason that pay-per-gigabyte is economically necessary. Moreover, at $1 per gigabyte over wired networks, it would be grossly overpriced.
From the Globe and Mail:
NDP digital affairs critic Charlie Angus gets whatâ€™s at stake. â€œWeâ€™ve seen this all before with cellphones,â€ he said last week. â€œAllowing the Internet Service Providers to ding you every time you download is a rip-off. Canada is already falling behind other countries in terms of choice, accessibility and pricing for the Internet. We need clear rules that put consumers first.â€
We need to stop this blatant cash grab. Fight back and join over 75,500 people that have already decided to say enough is enough.VisitÂ StoptheMeter.ca and sign the petition. Our Internet future depends on it!
Do you agree with Usage-Based Billing for Internet in Canada?