I’ve been reading with interest the news out of Canada regarding internet usage caps under a controversial Usage Based Billing (UBB).
The campaign began last year when the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission agreed with Bell over the right to impose usage-based billing on its Internet customers. But the recent surge in interest stems from last week’s decision by the CRTC that effectively ends unlimited Internet use in Canada. (FinancialPost.com)
While it’s been reported that the Harper government will be taking another look at the ruling that caps internet usage to about 25GB/month, there’s a considerable amount of outrage from Canadians, and justifiably so.
What will 25GB/month get the average Canadian?
So, why does this have my attention?
I’m just trying to imagine what I would do with a 25GB cap. If there’s home computing, VOIP phones, audio streaming, and gaming on multiple devices like an XBox, Wii, iPad, and multiple computers, that 25GB is going to go by pretty fast. Just my job, could have the potential to use 25GB in a week.
The other thing this reminds me of though, is…
It gave me a minute to pause and think about our own shift away from unlimited mobile data plans here in the U.S.—and I have to wonder, how is this type of cap so different? I realize that ATT has quietly given some previous iPhone unlimited plans holders back their unlimited data in reaction to Verizon’s own publicity of unlimited offers. I have to wonder however, how long these plans will be available; there have already been whispers that they’re in place “for now.”
Finally, with a cap on internet bandwidth…
- How will it effect the ability to access or find information? How about Current News?
- Can people visit social sites like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and connect with others?
- How might a cap on the internet effect working in the “cloud?”
- How will streaming audio like Pandora, MySpoonful or GrooveShark be limited?
- How will a cap on bandwidth effect online purchasing from Amazon or other commerce sites? What about Ebook and MP3 downloads?
In short, how would a cap on internet bandwidth effect the way many of our Northern Neighbors live and work, especially as everything has been shifting toward the Internet? How might the CRTC Ruling in Canada effect Net Neutrality and the access to the Internet for us all?
(Image from OpenMedia.ca.)