Bell Canada and other big telecom companies can now freely impose usage-based billing on independent Internet Service Providers (indie ISPs) and YOU.
This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.
This will crush innovative services, Canada’s digital competitiveness, and your wallet.
We need to stand up for the Internet.
Sign the Stop The Meter petition!
Since moving out to Burlington, I’ve had to migrate my internet connectivity services from Rogers Cable in Toronto, to Cogeco. I’ve been using Cogeco for a little more than a year, and I so far been impressed with their services. The connection is stable (except when there is construction going on in the neighbourhood), the bandwidth is high and consistent, and I rarely have my dynamic IP address change on me.. rarely.
Sometimes though it does happen, and it is annoying. I finally decided that I needed a static IP address. Conveniently enough, Cogeco offers a “Reserved IP” SOHO package at $99/month, or $85/month with a 12 month contract. So I decided to go for it, and now I have a connection with 16Mbit download, 1Mbit upload, 3 IP addresses (1 Reserved, which essentially means “static”), and it all took me literally 5 mins to setup, with an extra 20-30 mins wait for everything to take effect. So far, Cogeco is making me very happy :)
Thanks go to Adam Bray for giving me the heads up on this package, I think it’s definately worth it, especially if your a high-bandwidth junkie.