Canadian Broadband Regulators Annoyed That People Are Pointing Out They Don't Understand What They're Regulating

from the job-hazard dept

If you were paying attention last week in Canada, there was a huge fight over an attempt by Canadian regulators, the CRTC, to implement new "usage based billing" pricing structures for independent ISPs who make use of Bell Canada's network. The effective result of this, of course, is to try to prop up old business models, while holding down new, more efficient, more economically valuable business models. However, due to public outcry, politicians asked the CRTC to justify itself, and the response was basic annoyance at having to defend the decision.

However, as some are noticing, perhaps a large part of that annoyance comes from the realization that the CRTC didn't even fully understand what it is regulating, focusing on the bogus consumer-focused claim that it's about "fairness" in broadband pricing, so that "broadband hogs pay their fair share." Of course, if that were truly the focus, then shouldn't it also mean that the broadband companies, like Bell Canada, should be refunding tons of money to the non-broadband hogs? Except, that's not happening. The whole "broadband hogs" claim has always been a red herring. As we've seen over and over again, "usage-based billing" is never about offering "fair plans" to those who don't use very much. Instead, it's almost always about setting very low bars to force normal users to pay much more while decreasing their incentive to use new, more innovative internet services.

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    Aerilus, 8 Feb 2011 @ 9:43am

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    It occurs to me as i read this that they are measuring in gigabits not gigabytes at least that is what i am seeing? 15 gigabits needs to pretty much be divided by ten (theoretically 8 but really 10)to equal bytes which is storage so 15.4 gigabits divide by ten equals 1.54 gigabytes. and that is ludicrous a decent divx rip is at least 700Mb a good one is 1.4Gb netflix streaming has to be at least a couple hundred Megabytes per movie so you could watch around 5-6 movies on netflix a month. maybe my math is wrong or someone means 15.4GB and reading the article that is linked too (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5620/125/) the author switches between gb and GB so i am confused are they selling gigbits which is generally speed or gigabytes which is generally storage size i quess technically you could sell gigabuts bits as a storage size but that is not convention

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