Tag Archives: Usage based billing

Canada: Usage-based internet billing approved

Richard Moore comments:

Usage-based doesn’t sound so bad, when you get lots of gigabytes at a fixed  price as a starting point, as is the case below. But this is a precedent, the camel getting its nose in the tent. If it gets to the point where we’re charged for each message sent, for example, email lists will become prohibitively expensive.

October 28, 2010

CRTC green lights usage-based internet billing

By Peter Nowak,  CBC News
Metered internet usage is on the way, with the CRTC handing down its final decision on how wholesale customers can be billed by large network owners.

The federal regulator on Thursday gave Bell Canada the approval to implement so-called usage-based billing to wholesale customers – usually smaller internet service providers that rent portions of its network – within 90 days. Under the plan, Bell will charge wholesale service providers a flat monthly fee to connect to its network, and for a set monthly usage limit per each ISP customer the ISP has.

Continue reading