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Sign the Petition Now – Stop the Meter on Internet Usage Fees

Stop Internet Usage Fees

Canadians pay some of the highest charges in the world for mobile access and home/office internet connection. As we move to more web based data for communication, entertainment and business – like using Netflix, HD video etc. – Canadian service providers are trying to charge all us more, for less.

SHAW and Telus haved moved to a usage based cap system. When you go over your limit, which can be as low as 15 Gigs depending on your monthly plan, you could be charged between $1 and $2 per extra gigabyte. That is pure price gouging as it costs less than 20 cents per gig for transfer costs.

Sign the Petition – Let our elected officials we will not stand for punitive fees

From OpenMedia.ca

The CRTC just decided to let your Internet Service Provider put a meter on your Internet!

Bell Canada and other big telecom companies can now freely impose usage-based billing on independent Internet Service Providers (indie ISPs) and YOU. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay more for less Internet.

This will crush innovative services, Canada’s digital competitiveness, and your wallet.

We need to stand up for the Internet.

Sign the Stop The Meter petition at: http://StopTheMeter.ca

Want to know more? Here’s the lowdown:

This decision is a blow to consumer choice, to access, and to free expression. Independent Internet service providers (ISPs), such as TekSavvy, pay incumbent telecoms like Bell for access points in their networks. In applying usage-based billing (UBB) to these indie ISPs, the CRTC has allowed Bell to determine and limit how many gigabytes of usage their independent competitors can provide to their customers.

– This severely limits competition in the telecommunications market, which is bad for innovation and diversity of content.

– This also means that the cost will necessarily be passed down to you, the consumer.

– Usage-based billing, or metering discriminates against certain forms of information insofar as it charges consumers more for content that requires the use of a large amount of gigabytes, such as audio and video.

– This also means that those who produce media-based art, and depend on the Internet to show the world their work, are less able to produce and disseminate their content freely. This means less innovation and more control of art, film, music, and other forms we may not yet know of!

Sign the petition and save the freest medium we have ever known (again!). Stop the Meter and save our net!

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  1. February 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Hi Everyone,

    A huge thank you for all the comments, the Facebook likes and re-tweets for this article. It obviously hit a meme across Canada – the openmedia.ca petition has resulted in Tony Clement (Industry Minister) announcing a review of Usage Based Billing.

    The fight is not over. AS I’ve noted in a followup post – http://wrightresult.com/?p=912 – we continue to pay the highest rates for internet access, with subpar speed and service. It’s time to send a message to the CRTC and the Government for an overhaul of the entire communication industry.


    Mat Wright

  2. February 11, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Thanks everyone for the replies. In light of the news that the Government has forced a delay to #UBB, there is anew blog post – and action point

    Send your comments to the CRTC directly – and, a suggestion, to your local MP.


  3. Greg-Reply
    February 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Sending to Konrad von Finckenstein is giving him credibility. Send as well to the minister in charge Tony Clement … read .. http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2963824

  4. kathleen-Reply
    February 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    we could always do an “Egypt”….to get the point across.

    • Sarah-Reply
      February 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      Kathleen, I like your idea :)I think we should start organizing & thinking of practical solutions in case our petitions aren’t heard!!!
      After what happened in Egypt, NOBODY should take people for granted or manipulate them with greed

  5. Victoria-Reply
    February 4, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    A clear violation of my rights as a Canadian, hope the government steps in here!!!

  6. daniel warga-Reply
    February 4, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    STOP THE OVER TAXING, first we get the hst after theres more then enough signed against it and now taxing the internet? why is it everything good in life cost money and on top of that who gets ahead in the end? the people who shape the country or the people running it? As for the people who claim we shouldnt have to pay the same as people who over use the internet, why complain we all pay the same for the internet so there is NO DISCRIMINATION. All of the extra taxing is comming from the harper goverment, in any other country he would already be out of the house of power. Why do we only vote in either liberals or conservatives? in the 100 plus years they helped a fraction compared to what our country COULD be, it makes me believe the elections are rigged. The canadian reserve prints out so many goverment bills every year no wonder were in debt could it be from greed of the goverment? or municipalities growing? either way ” we paved paridise, and we dont know what we got till its gone” ya like the little freedoms we have left as a people.

  7. Paula Shimmel-Reply
    February 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    This is ridiculous!! I unfortunately have to use a Telus stick to even get a decent internet connection, 5GB for $70. The government of Canada must do something to get these greedy corporations to not only stop charging so much but also expand there services.

  8. Jim Potter-Reply
    February 3, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Stop this ripoff!! We’re already gouged enough, with taxes on taxes. The original concept of the internet was SHARING!!! We already pay more than enough for access to the web!! C’mon everyone, let’s not lay down, and accept this!! The more challenges to this crap; the better!!! ‘Nuff said
    I HOPE!!!!!
    Your Friend, Jim.

  9. lawrence-Reply
    February 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    i have bell internet my plan is only supposed to be $70 at most last month it was $200 because i went over my bandwidth limit i only have 1 computer this is insane and must be stopped

    • Sarah-Reply
      February 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      Hi Lawrence… You can actually put a notice online or ask bell to notify you when your usage reaches 90% or even 75%. We have that & we receive email to notify us so we’re careful. Hope that helps.

  10. laura-Reply
    February 3, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    This has to be the worse decision ever! bell Already gets over $200 a month for services from my household, and now they want more. I can hardly pay my bills now never alone when they boost up the prices. I hope the gov steps up and does something about this. Big companies like Bell and Rogers should not be able to gouge us like that.

  11. Derrick Hunter-Reply
    February 2, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Canada already pays top dollar why penalize us even more.

  12. Gleason Gallinger-Reply
    February 2, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    This is just another rip off. When I was a kid you could get tv with just an antenna. Now you have to have a dish, decoder the whole deal. The signals are still bouncing around but if you try to get them for free they shut you down. This would not have been an issue if Netflix was not trying to come into Canada. These companies are just trying to make sure that there is no alternative to their television services so that they can continue to gouge consumers.

  13. Kevin Bennett-Reply
    February 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    We pay these corprate pigs enough money as it is

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