Vancouverite2004 saidThat's awesome!
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?