Originally Posted by dirkpitt45
There is no "usage based billing" yet. Bell is imposing bandwidth restrictions, but 30gb a month is far more than enough for the average user. The only reason you'd need more is if you too downloaded lots of stuff as well. In which case you could just switch to Videotron which is still unlimited no?
The policy is specifically called "usage based billing" so I don't understand why your reply is so condescending. Bell will be rolling it out in February. DSL resellers have started to contact customers and inform that they no longer receive unlimited internet usage. Some companies like Yak have just left the market because there is no way to compete. On 5mbit service, customers will receive 25GB, and pay $2/GB up to a monthly maximum of $60. You aren't allowed to go over 300GB.
I am very concerned that you believe 30GB is a reasonable limit on a broadband connection at a time when media is increasingly distributed over the internet. Netflix is finally available in Canada. Services like Steam have been available for years -- if I buy a game it might be up to 15GB. This sort of punitive billing scheme is a huge step back for Canadians, and completely out of line with other developed nations. It also allows ISPs to give extremely preferential treatment to any similar services they operate themselves by not charging for the bandwidth. Doing it on a per customer basis rather than allowing bandwidth wholesalers to buy up blocks of bandwidth to share among their customers only amplifies this effect and is exactly what Bell and other companies want.
Both Rogers and Videotron have filed applications with the CRTC to force cable resellers to apply bandwidth restriction policies to their customers. In addition, Videotron only operates in a few parts of Eastern Ontario. So no, unlimited from Videotron is not an option for me, and will probably not be an option for anyone after this Summer.