Bell Canada Free To Do Usage Based Billing On Wholesale ISPs Says CRTC…. WTF?
If throttling the connections of wholesale ISP’s (such as Acanac and Teksavvy) isn’t enough, The CRTC has now decided that it’s cool for Bell Canada to introduce usage based billing along with that. The rationale appears to be that retail Internet and wholesale customers should be treated the same.
What a load of crap!
What it really means is that it creates an environment that allows Bell to undercut wholesale ISPs. Nothing more, nothing less. That’s not a surprise seeing as the CRTC is stacked with ex-Bell employees. I guess they’re just looking out for their buddies. Needless to say, Canadian Internet users are irate at this move. And they should be irate. So the question is, what do they do about it? Here’s my suggestion:
- Find your local MP and tell them why this decision sucks.
- Then send the same letter to the Heritage Minister (The CRTC reports to this ministry) and the Industry Minister (The CRTC also reports here)
- Tell your friends about this via blogs, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, e-mail, smoke signal
Why is this important to do? Simple. As I’ve written here before, Canada sucks when it comes to high speed Internet access ranking 28th of 30 countries. It’s retarded decisions like this one that have got Canadians into this state. It’s time that Canada start reversing the trend. Given that the CRTC won’t do it’s job and make sure that this happens, it’s up to Canadian Internet users to do it for them.