:siren:For those who don't know what usage-based billing is, please read this summary before continuing. Even if you are not Canadian, this may have a way of affecting you.:siren:
:siren::siren:UPDATE: Harper government - CRTC, rescind your decision or we'll do it for you.:siren::siren:
Michael Geist (a law professor who has become a figurehead for internet-related consumer rights in Canada) has recently posted an editorial that attempts to clear up the myths surrounding usage-based-billing and reminds us that our internet is already one of the worst in the world. (What a nice guy)
I strongly recommend you read the entire article as these snippets won't do it justice. But one of the most important points is this:
All Canadians already overpay for internet services and while we will likely end up paying more if UBB stands, we
will mayprobably won't be less subject to the asinine bandwidth caps currently imposed by some of the major ISPs:
At this point you're probably wondering, is there good news? Well, there is. The Liberals and NDP have already spoken out against usage-based billing and just recently, the conservatives have called for a review.
So what can you do? Obviously, you should contact your local MP as well as the federal government and the CRTC. Instructions for how to do this can be found here. For the truly lazy, there are also petitions you can sign. If you're Canadian you're probably overwhelmed by the amount of things happening to internet in our country lately. You may even have helped fight against Bill-C32, the "Canadian DMCA". Well don't quit yet, you're needed again.
If this thread stays active I will try to post any updates and developments here instead of in new threads.