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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Big telecomunication companies bandwidth raping its customers

Like many other people (including many of my fellow bloggers) use the internet for a wide variety of things, from the use of downloading movies, music, games, to socializing, studying, work, everything. This making internet usage a very important part of our lives.


With more and more people looking to the internet for their daily tasks, companies such as Bell, Rogers and the dreaded Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications commission (CRTC) have come with with a sneaky "Back-door" tactic to pour out more money from its customers with an internet pay meter, charging as much as $2 more for every GB you go over. One of the ironic things about this which really pisses me off is that it costs these companies as little as $0.01 per GB to route information to us, the customers. With myself being a heavy internet user and often downloading games off Steam and watching streaming videos online have already been affected by this, previously paying a hefty $35 fee on top of my bill a few months back, which has had me considering to change my ISP to a more reliable provider Teksavvy. They, (unlike many of the other greedy ISP's) actually don't support this bloody meter and they aren't one that's always seeking for another way to make its customers bleed more money. On a related note, it always has been Bell, the who has been sending reps from India to constantly harass my phone line, urging me to switch. HA!



Demonstrators gather in down-town Toronto Friday, Feb, 4th, 2011
for a 'Stop The Internet Meter' to protest the usage-based billing.





Now, these companies, (like what they do best) are trying to hide the publics eyes from this and keep the population uninformed so they can do their magic behind the curtains and the relative majority of people don't even know whats going on. So do what i did, help fight the Usage Based Billing, and sign the meter:

http://www.stopthemeter.ca/

Aswell, here are a few videos you may want to see:





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23 comments:

  1. In belgium it's pretty much equal.
    Most of us have a 100GB cap nowadays.
    They have 'unlimited bandwidth' plans but it's fair use policy, which means you get capped at about 250-300GB...
    There is 1 provider who has truly unlimited though.
    But it's VDSL2 and not fiber... So speeds are limited to 30Mbps

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  2. HAHAHA... come to SA... you will kill yourself using this poor infrastructure

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  3. I know what you mean. I knew this guy in Belgium and he had to think twice before downloading any of his favourite series to watch. Things are nuts.

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  4. What's next? charging the people for breathing oxygen? As if they are not making enough money now! oh and V's message is epic!

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  5. I live in Canada and I'm worried eventually you will have to pay per GB so no matter how much usage you have you will be paying. There aren't even uncapped plans you can have where I live so any serious amount of internet use will result in paying extra fees.

    This is awful for everyone even though it's aimed at pirates.

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  6. Ohhh man! I think Belgium is like one of the worst with internet policy. And Bell just sucks.

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  7. This is definitely the kind of stuff I don't want to see happening in America :(

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  8. Your work on this blog is great! keep it up!

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  9. i hate this. so afraid its coming here soon.

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  10. NZ has slow over priced broadband, consider yourselves lucky.

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  11. That's terrible. Regulating the internet is an awful idea, yet every country seems hellbent on doing just that.

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  12. I am generally for personal freedoms.... People should leave others the fuck alone...

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  13. i don't know about which type of connection you wrote about. cable or mobile (wireless). here in poland, we have ground connections free of DL/UL limitations while mobile connections are slowing down after passing DL limit. 3 years ago, when i was living in UK i had mobile connection too. after i've downloaded 1gb data they started to charge me 1 pound per 10MB. but when i passed 50punds to pay more, they've just turn off my connection. it's starting to be f***ed up...

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  14. These companies make me sick.
    The internet should be unlimited to anyone to use as much as you like. So much of modern life revolves around it that you can't cut someone off from it.

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  15. What i find most shocking is that so called developing nations now have better internet than most developed countries... Informative blog, keep it up.

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  16. I haven't had any problems with my ISP so far, but I've heard of this. It's just terrible.

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  17. I wonder if anything will happen to make things freer for us all. IT irks me to a large degree that people can so passively accept things like this.

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  18. If they don't disband the CRTC and force Bell to stop selling content and internet service, I'm leaving canada.

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  19. Couldn't agree more on this, al these big internet companies (i.e Rogers, Cogeco, Bell) are ripping Canadians by a lot! This has to be stopped.

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  20. id swear we went through this in Oz in the 90's when the Net first got big.. 'cept we were paying $160 GB from Tel$tra.

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