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Canada To No Longer Offer Unlimited Internet??

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OMG!! This is a life changer!!!

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission have settled a debate on whether or not to regulate internet usage, particularly among smaller ISPs.

If the regulation were to pass, Canadian internet users would be billed on usage, much like other utilities, rather than being charged a steady monthly price.

Basically, consumers and business owners would not only be responsible for monthly broadband access, but they would also have to pay for any data they use beyond a certain limit.


As for now, the regulator will be in review for 60 days before any action will take place.

Canadians, what are your thoughts???

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80 comments to “Canada To No Longer Offer Unlimited Internet??”

  1. 1

    This only applies to clients of small companies who piggy back on the larger company's service. It means that no small company will be able to provide "unlimited" service and maintain a profit. Basically it is the larger companies ensuring that they will not lose any revenue and it sucks big time for upstart companies and their clients.

  2. 2

    The current Harper government would not permit this to happen. The government has informed CRTC to review its decision or the government would reverse it. Otherwise reverse your ruling or we will! The CRTC ruling would affect gamers and movie download (netfilix). The government (I understand all parties) will kill the CRTC ruling. Fingers crossed.

  3. 3

    It's a freaking MONEY GRAB! As if we don't pay enough for cell phones, or tv or home phones etc. !!! boo

  4. 4

    I'm a Canadian who works online so this affects me a great deal. However, the government has quickly stepped in and told the CRTC that they will repeal this change or the government will take action. Nothing to see here, keep moving people.

  5. 5

    The thing with this is that larger providers such as Shaw, already have usage based billings. PM Stephen Harper and his cronies have told the CRTC to over-turn the usage based billing, or they will force it out. This is after many Canadians have complained and signed online petitions etc. Given the selfishness of our government, I suspect that they realize it will affect them as much as the average Canadian anyway.

    This over-turn will not prevent providers that already employ the usage based billing to revoke that policy. It will only ensure that any smaller providers that were going to be able to do this, will not.

  6. 6

    WTF?!?! thats not fair! wow what a money grab….is that what canada has really come to? Totally not unfair, and it will not be standed for over here by the citizens. Now this makes me not want to live in Canada (besides the damn cold weather)

  7. 7

    I hear the government might step in and over-rule it! Lets hope so…this would SUCKKKKK…

  8. 8

    The government has already told the CRTC to go back and review and most likely reverse this decision. The minister responsible for the CRTC has said, if they don't, then the government will review it and most likely reverse it anyway.

  9. 9


  10. 10

    I live in Canada and I really hope this doesn't happen!! Apparently the Canadian Government is going to try to block it from happening!! I have my fingers crossed!!

  11. 11

    If that ever happens in the US I'll blow a fucking tit.

  12. 12

    and we can Thank the big corporations for it.

    MTS - SASKTEL etc Charge the teeny ISPs CRAZY rates for their bulk bandwidth so they can't compete on a level playing field with them. Canada is spread out so far that unless you live in a city center you have very little choice for internet Access. Big company feels the cost to put in the infrastructure outweighs the profits so they don't implement it. Meanwhile, smaller private telecom companies see the NEED to bring the technology to the remote areas and DO put in the infrastructure to bring people Internet access. But hey, Big Telco wants their cut so they charge the little company HUGE rates for their bandwidth / backbone which in turn cause higher rates to the end user and eventually usually squishes out big telco's competition cause they can't afford to continue to compete.
    Big bell has NEVER Liked competition and always seems to win.

  13. 13

    You know what Perez … provision of internet services is a business and it costs a lot of money to maintain that infrastructure. Yes, hardware prices keep coming down, but also the amount of hardware and the bandwidth needed keeps going up. I'm in Canada and I am going to be affected by this, but it's the same as utilities … you pays for what you uses. I think it will be all right in the end. But we'll see what the final decision is (now that the prime minister has weighed in).

  14. 14

    Yes its true and already in effect. Rogers put a cap on our internet usage and I got a message on my computer screen saying that I have use 100% of my daily limit and will be charged $2.50 for every 1 gig I exceed!!!!!!!!!!!! Bull$hit! I hate rogers.

  15. 15

    Doing this favours the rich and elite, creating more disparaging gaps between rich and poor in terms of education, opportunity, etc. But the Canadian Government is not going to allow the CRTC to do it

  16. 16

    "The CRTC should be under no illusions. The prime minister and minister of industry will reverse this decision unless they do it themselves," - senior government official.

    This won't end up being implemented.

  17. 17

    Think its total BS, especially since I work from home for an internet based company. They are just looking for ways to make more money, bad enough many people can barley afford heat/hydro. Also the school systems rely on the internet a lot for assignments and such, what happens when families can't afford it. The student will suffer even more than they already do.

  18. 18

    REALLY Canada?? that is the worst idea EVER!!!!

  19. aky says – reply to this


    Bullshit ppl is what it is..like we dont pay enough for cell phone and cable…I'm almost ready to leave canada

  20. 20

    They are trying to do the same thing here. Already Time Warner and ATT do it in Beaumont TX (the test market). They tried to roll it out here in Austin,TX last year and the public made it clear they would abandon both firms. They are also trying to charge websites fees for customers to access content. The recent NBC/Comcast merger will limit content to Comcast subscribers from competitors. People please READ UP on NET NEUTRALITY and start communicating your feelings to your elected officials or be prepared to get less for a lot more moola.

  21. 21

    Old news Perez. If you're going to post something, at least include up to date information (namely that the government won't allow this change to occur if the CRTC doesn't kill it itself).

  22. 22

    this is old news, but i heard they were also going to charge for things like skype and downloading. liberal government is opposed. not a fan of ignatieff but harper is incompetent soo….

  23. 23

    Hey perez-
    I've actually been actively following this for some time. Basically, Canada only has a couple major telecom companies- and because of a lack of competition, they're able to charge us whatever they want, knowing we'll have to pay for lack of options. With the introduction of Netflix, they promptly dropped bandwidth caps and announced they want to charge for additional bandwidth- at $1-$5 per GB. The explanation is that it would be done 'in the interest of fairness', because heavy users should pay more than light users. In reality, it only costs these companies a couple of pennies per GB to provide- they could charge ten cents or a quarter overages to heavy users, still make a profit, and keep everything fair. This ruling is all about squashing the competition- getting rid of a few independant ISPs that DO offer unlimited internet, and making it almost impossible for Canadians to take advantage of services like Netflix. This way, we'd be forced to watch the broadcasting that the telecom companies make us pay for- and that the CRTC regulates.

  24. 24

    Well I guess one good thing is that it would stop people from downloading so many movies.

  25. MHRQ says – reply to this


    As if we're not charged out the ass for everything else here….utilities, tax, cost of living in general. Who comes up with these ideas?!

  26. 26

    The government said yesterday that this would never happer on their watch.
    Please, Perez, read the news correctly!!!

  27. 27

    Re: j3nn3l – I am a rogers customer too and have never gotten a message like that

  28. 28

    If this happens it will suck big balls.

  29. 29

    The CRTC is full of X Big Company exec's that want to squash the little guys!
    Typical BS!

  30. 30

    And Welcome to the New World Order!

    This is Neo-Feudalism. Awesome.

  31. 31

    what's next?! are they going to start charging us for tv usage too!? you pay monthly to have tv but then try and charge us based on how much we actually watch it?!?!?!?!? this is just dumb.. I do not agree that internet is like a utility like someone said above - it should remain the way it is - and yes some companies do usage but most of the people that pay for usage do it because they hardly use it or they have those mobile sticks or whatever they are… it should be optional like it is now - not forced.. thank god the government is probably going to push this out the door - but what happens if it doesn’t? if you have already signed a contract can they go ahead and breach the contract??? is there fine print somewhere saying “subject to change without notice”??

  32. 32

    Totally against it. The CRTC is a pain. They want to regulate Internet but do absolutely nothing for the cellphone industry. Conclusion: we're stuck with oligopolies and ridiculous overpriced phone deals.
    This might be the first time that I agree with Harper on something. Wow.

  33. 33

    All I can say is that I'm super happy that an online petition garnered over 300,000 signatures in less than 10 days. It was enough to grab the attentions of our government and hopefully put a stop to this. As it stands, Canadians are already paying ridiculous fees for Internet and cell phones, due to a lack of competition in the marketplace. Imposing UBB would just make it impossible for new competitors to stir up the marketplace and basically forces Canadians to keep paying more for our technology.

  34. 34

    A tad late on the post. This has already been overturned.

    What, some of you rely on PerezHilton.com for actual news? Go read a book already.

  35. 35


  36. 36

    I live in Petawawa Ontario and I have Bell Internet and it is regulated. I pay for a certain amount, and if I go over it, I get charged extra….its been this way for awhile here so this is nothing new.

  37. 37

    Uhhh…most people here ALREADY pay on the basis of their usage. And I'm pretty sure there are a lot of ISPs in the states that do, too.

    There's also nothing in the ruling that specifically says ISPs must scrap unmetered billing. It's all about how much big carriers are allowed to charge to wholesale customers.

    But hey, if this is getting discussed here now, who cares about the actual facts anymore?

  38. 38

    Re: Hesnotintou – MTS isn't really a good example, bro…You know, since they don't have caps for their customers and whatnot.

    I'm a Manitoban using MTS, and I think I'm getting a pretty darn good deal.

  39. 39

    Sunflower in KS already does this. It sucks.

  40. 40

    ITS NOT HAPPENING!. seriously, this news came about a week ago and since then everyone has been debating it on the news and radio stations and even petitions were being made. The government got the point and are now telling the CRTC to repeal this change or they will force them to. The problem is that this would have effected the small companies that rely on Bell and Rogers to provide thwir customers unlimited internet. If you are with Bell and Rogers they already stopped "unlimeted" service back in October 2010. Im glad the gov'mnt stepped up. Our economy is just starting to see light after a recession and this would have just push businesses out of work.

  41. c0ry says – reply to this


    It's already like that here too. I live in a rural area so I don't have many choices for internet. I pay $60/month for 10GB of downloads and $10 for each GB over 10. This is with Rogers.

  42. 42

    I already pay for usage with bell Canada if I go over I am charge a fee had to upgrade my GB b/c I kept going over it's been well over a year. I checked Rogers same thing. So I'm not understanding this story at all or how the govnt is going to block it if it's already in effect for me. I'm in Toronto by the way can someone explain it to me what am I missing???

  43. 43

    Re: Lee Mathews
    MTS also owns the bandwidth that independent smaller telecoms MUST use to provide Internet services to where MTS will not provide infrastructure - its the perfect example - i also live in MB and work for a small independent ISP
    There is no where else to get bandwidth from to provide smaller communities and rural areas with Internet service and they charge INSANE rates to ISPs for their backbone.

  44. 44

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I am Canadian and I couldn't disagree anymore!! There is NO competition in Canada for us… we have Rogers & Bell that's it. I personally live in Ontario & we ALREADY pay 13% tax which is in talks about going up. The economy is terrible, we don't need one more thing to fork our hard earned money over for!!!!

  45. 45

    STUPID! We pay for the internets' usage. Putting a price cap on this is almost smuggling those right of people who can't afford it. Internet is a huge privilege, but WHO has the authority to make it a costly RIGHT?!

  46. 46

    I bet all you smart and polite Canadians, voted for the folks that are increasing your taxes, just like our folks in California, New York, Illinois, Massachussetts and Michigan, to name only a few.
    Own it people!
    Live it!
    Love it!
    You deserve the crappy government you voted for.
    EVERY SINGLE Democrat,… even though, they told the voters they would vote AGAINST Obamacare, during their reelection… voted to keep job-killing, price-gouging and the unConstitutional Obamacare alive, 2 days ago.
    They lied.
    Republicans are going to make these Libs vote against you and the will of the American people, a whole mess of times, so maybe by the time of the next election, you will remember:
    "There are no moderate Democrats…they're all job-killing Commie bastids."

  47. 47

    First, this is old news. Second, the government has basically told the CRTC to reconsider or they will use their power to overturn the decision. So we the consumers win no matter what happens. I'm surprised you didn't mention the petition (openmedia.ca/meter) that has garnered over 400,000 signatures.

  48. 48

    Re: rachbarista – Actually there is Tek Savvy, which offers unlimited internet at a much cheaper rate than Bell or Rogers. The only downside is that it's not as fast as the other 2.

  49. 49

    Re: Canadianne…eh – Oh, they definately do - you probably just haven't gotten close to going over!

  50. 50

    Last I heard the CRTC had overturned it, but that may have been my programmer boyfriend's wishful thinking.

    There is a max overage charge of $50 with my provider (Rogers, one of the largest in Canada). So we just assumed it would cost $50 more than the number they quoted, and we merrily download like mad and watch Netflix every night.

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  52. 52

    So company people, students and self-employed people have to now pay for the internet usage. Wait till it happens here …. governments are rubbing their greedy little hands now.

  53. 53

    Re: c0ry – uM– call em … I am paying $49.00 a month for the first 6mths and then 59.99 for the following 6mths as per 1 year agreement. This is for 80GB usuage a month and any extra is $1.50 a GB if I go over in that month. You're being ripped off!

  54. 54

    Already getting charged an extra $30 a month, which is the cap for now…

  55. 55

    Ya this is as scammy as this one use to be popular co here in the states that tried that with a small fee and then billed me $400 for dial up service for the month for my usage. That wont fly with no one.

  56. 56

    wow this sucks balls.

  57. 57

    If this is true it would frickin' stink. Take all my rights away, but don't touch my internet muthafuckas! That's not a literal statement though but limiting internet in my opinion is one of the biggest no no's. Don't they do something like this in the UK? Hope it never happens in the States.

  58. 58

    aaaah!!! no no no no nooo!

  59. 59

    I actually read earlier today that the gov't had decided not to allow the CRTC to go ahead with this…I know, the gov't actually makes a decision that benefits us. A sign of the apocalypse…

  60. TIMMO says – reply to this


    well i have this rogers internet stick (canadian) and my bill came to $430 just for several months! cause i thought it was unlimited but apparantly not! if this changes then were screwed.. i was going to end my rogers contract and just go with shaw.. but after reading this im pissed eh

  61. 61

    Re: luvs2tango – Ummm, you might want to check your facts, the Canadian government is lead by Conservatives, which translates into Republican.

  62. 62

    wtf…everything expensive enough and add this on….im a single mom that cant get to a regular school (i have a 4 month old) so i take online courses so i have to pay more on top of school….

  63. 63

    THAT SUCKS!!!!!

  64. 64

    Everything in Canada is a money grab. Look at the cost of rent in Vancouver. You're lucky to find a tiny studio apartment for under $2,500/month and that's not even in a great neighbourhood. The cost of food and gasoline is INSANE. I refuse to get a cell phone because of the high cost, and now this? It really pisses me off! What's next? Is the phone company gonna start charging by the minute for local calls?

  65. 65

    The government THANKFULLY stepped in. It helped that everyone was demanding this to be over turned. Out of all the MPs that I emailed, Michael Ignatiff was the only one who responded. But hell, I'm just glad to know that they were actually paying attention. CRTC is run by a bunch of lobotomized cockroaches.

  66. 66

    Lol sucks for them. :)

  67. 67

    Re: yawatev – yeah altho it does suck, there's a cap of 50 bucks meaning that essencially for 50 more dollars you can have unlimited. which isn't so bad when you compare the alternative.

  68. 68

    Oh F that! Currently living in vancouver and am now convinced moving back to LA is the best decision ever. Americans do not belong in canada…lesson learned.

  69. 69

    This really is not a big deal as most ISP's are already doing this. Cogeco, Bell, Rogers, Shaw…
    soo … get over it.

  70. 70

    as for the cost of Vancouver rent … YOU LIVE IN VANCOUVER.
    enough said.

  71. 71

    That's how it works here in the UK. Doesn't surprise me that Harper will want this as a money grabber in Canada though.

  72. 72

    We have that already. Comcrap charges for traffic over 250GB per month.

    It's supposedly designed to target users who are up to no good: downloading illegal movies, running torrent servers, etc.

    But with streaming video services, or those of us who work at home and send/receive files with clients - we screwed.

  73. 73

    Umm, I live in Quebec and I never heard about that! I really hope it won't happen…

  74. 74

    i think it's a good idea

    then maybe countrys like canada and the usa can realise how much they take for granted

    smaller countries like Australia and new zealand already have this and don't even offer unlimited

    You people are VERY lucky.

  75. 75

    I live in Alberta, using Shaw TV, phone and internet service for years. There is NO contract or extra charge with them. Even if these big companies do something like this, in a short time some other company will step in and offer unlimited internet for reasonable fees. Same happened with monopolist phone companies 10-12 years ago, when we moved to Canada; phone rates were HUGE! Like dollar or two per minute for overseas calls. Few years later, it was dropping and now it's a few cents per minute! Calm down everybody, it wont pass, hehe

  76. 76

    i cant help but think of this happened here (the U.S.), everyone would be shitting their pants so hard. This would literally bankrupt every single citizen and business in the whole country. i really would feel so bad if this happened to the canadians, its really unfair for their citizens

  77. 77

    shit fuck. im going to die.

  78. 78

    dear canadians and americans.
    i am canadian and WE'RE ALREADY BILLIED ON USAGE!
    if it happens, it's only going to effect businesses! so calm down.
    Canada is great. We invented Tim Hortons.

  79. @v@ says – reply to this


    Word is that this is not going to happen; not even in 60 days. Blog outrage was palpable, and concerned Canadians submitted a 250,000 signature petition in a matter of days.

  80. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: luvs2tango – Canada has a conservative government, NOT a Liberal government, and their taxes went DOWN.