Good News For the Canadians

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    Feb 03, 2011 12:56 PM GMT
    Your government has decided to reverse the ruling regarding the fee based internet.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/932571--ottawa-threatens-to-reverse-crtc-decision-on-internet-billing
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:31 PM GMT


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    Feb 03, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    That's awesome! icon_biggrin.gif
  • OptimusMatt

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    Feb 04, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidThat's awesome! icon_biggrin.gif


    Not really. This applies to independent providers, not to the big telco's themselves. They can (and will continue to) bill their own customers whatever the hell they want.

    The problem with going with an independent ISP is that (a) I only really know of DSL providers, which means they rent their lines from Bell, and I FUCKING HATE BELL CANADA and (b) typically they are slower than the bigger ISPs. They make up for the lack in speed by offering unlimited data packages, but it's been my experience that Bell makes it extremely difficult to get thing set up quickly on their end when you're going through a 3rd party.

    Been there, done that, and after being told it would take 3 weeks to set up our internet my roommate and I went to Rogers, stood in the "suck-my-taint" lineup, and had the internet installed in 2 days.

    What I would LOVE to see is a reduction in my rates, but I know that's not going to happen. Right now I pay $59.99 base + $3 modem + $50 overage fee = $112.99+taxes (13%) - it's pretty ridiculous.

    Then again, maybe not - what does 15 Mbps service with unlimited download capacity run you in the USA?
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    Feb 04, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    Soundwave said
    Vancouverite2004 saidThat's awesome! icon_biggrin.gif


    Not really. This applies to independent providers, not to the big telco's themselves. They can (and will continue to) bill their own customers whatever the hell they want.

    The problem with going with an independent ISP is that (a) I only really know of DSL providers, which means they rent their lines from Bell, and I FUCKING HATE BELL CANADA and (b) typically they are slower than the bigger ISPs. They make up for the lack in speed by offering unlimited data packages, but it's been my experience that Bell makes it extremely difficult to get thing set up quickly on their end when you're going through a 3rd party.

    Been there, done that, and after being told it would take 3 weeks to set up our internet my roommate and I went to Rogers, stood in the "suck-my-taint" lineup, and had the internet installed in 2 days.

    What I would LOVE to see is a reduction in my rates, but I know that's not going to happen. Right now I pay $59.99 base + $3 modem + $50 overage fee = $112.99+taxes (13%) - it's pretty ridiculous.

    Then again, maybe not - what does 15 Mbps service with unlimited download capacity run you in the USA?



    Well all i can say is just like in the healthcare debate a government cannot enact a law to make the cost vanish.

    If there is no competition prices will be higher, no doubt about it.

    If they dont charge you one way they will end up just raising the rates for everyone.

    So at every turn you wait for government to "save the day".

    Hopefully wimax or 4g or other technology will create enough of a wedge in candadian markets for the broadband companies to keep its prices low.

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    Feb 04, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    I get my internet through my cable company. I get 30mbps with "Power boast".. for about $42.99 a month.
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    Feb 04, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
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    Feb 04, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    Soundwave said
    Vancouverite2004 saidThat's awesome! icon_biggrin.gif


    Not really. This applies to independent providers, not to the big telco's themselves. They can (and will continue to) bill their own customers whatever the hell they want.

    The problem with going with an independent ISP is that (a) I only really know of DSL providers, which means they rent their lines from Bell, and I FUCKING HATE BELL CANADA and (b) typically they are slower than the bigger ISPs. They make up for the lack in speed by offering unlimited data packages, but it's been my experience that Bell makes it extremely difficult to get thing set up quickly on their end when you're going through a 3rd party.

    Been there, done that, and after being told it would take 3 weeks to set up our internet my roommate and I went to Rogers, stood in the "suck-my-taint" lineup, and had the internet installed in 2 days.

    What I would LOVE to see is a reduction in my rates, but I know that's not going to happen. Right now I pay $59.99 base + $3 modem + $50 overage fee = $112.99+taxes (13%) - it's pretty ridiculous.

    Then again, maybe not - what does 15 Mbps service with unlimited download capacity run you in the USA?


    I'm not sure if you have teksavvy out that way but you would be paying less than half of what you are paying right now if you did. Try it!

    http://teksavvy.com/en/default.asp
  • OptimusMatt

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    Feb 05, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    The biggest problem regarding competition in the Canadian Telecom market is the "Canadian majority-owned" clause. Telco's who's majority ownership is foreign cannot do business here.

    It's bullshit protectionism and it's THE reason why our telco rates are outrageously high. Most of the smaller cell providers rent their tower space from the big 3 (Rogers, Bell, Telus) or their footprint is so small it doesn't suit my needs.

  • needleninja

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    Feb 05, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    and i thought i would have to change my plans of possibly living in canada.
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    Feb 05, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    My words to my government:

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  • needleninja

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    Feb 05, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    PhnxKng saidMy words to my government:

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    lol