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AcunningDisguise
magnus gigas caput
03:52 PM on 12/05/2012
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2009/12/att-landline-phone-service-must-die-only-question-is-when/


They want you mad that is the entire point of this move they want landlines gone.

As for improving service I get 1/4 the service now that they used to give me with my once unlimited account and speeds are terrible.

The only reason I haven't changed is thwe hassle of getting another Co to set up on Linux.
I end up doing it myself.
03:15 PM on 12/05/2012
Time to put a milage cap on our roads and highways. You get 1200 km/month included with your license, and anything above and beyond is charged at $0.20 per km.
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Donnerskinde
I used to be a people person,till people ruined it
04:41 PM on 12/05/2012
This probably the most true post, considering that taxpayer dollars built the infrastructure that internet is delivered on, not to mention electricity, gas and water transmission. Yet these virtual monopolies keep bilking us out of more and more money.
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mpasmith
Send in ... the clowns.
05:53 PM on 12/06/2012
Well, you pay for how much electricity or water you use, rather than a flat rate, at least in a lot of areas.
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Poster999
A promise made is a debt unpaid.
02:44 PM on 12/05/2012
Not having any problems in NS. So far at least but I wonder if others are going to jump on this bandwagon. I'm thinking this is a move designed to extort more money from customers. Where's the CRTC when you need them?
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mattmarion
04:31 PM on 12/05/2012
Yup, nothing to do with traffic. Traffic comes from number of users at the same time, capping downloads has nothing to do with that since you can keep going but have to pay a fee. It's the million people that log on to check email and whatnot all at the same time that is the real problem. That and vastly over selling capabilities (if you can handle 10 at ounce, sell 20 and figure that only once in a while will all 20 be on at once, mostly you'll have the 10 and it will be fine).
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Poster999
A promise made is a debt unpaid.
05:20 PM on 12/05/2012
I'm not a 100% sure what goes on but I lean towards big outfits like Telus being up to no good.Call me cynical if you will but who could blame me.
compro01
Conservatism : Policy-based evidence making
02:33 PM on 12/05/2012
Telus : An object lesson on why privatizing crown corporations is a bad idea.
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djbaldwin
livin, lovin, laffin, learnin...
02:21 PM on 12/05/2012
We don't need Telus becuase they Tell Us what we get.

What we really want (and desperately need in Canada) is unlimited Internet usage without caps of any kind.
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AlwaysCanadian
Lifelong Pacifist
06:16 PM on 12/05/2012
Ontario has a couple of those unlimited packages from smaller companies.
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mpasmith
Send in ... the clowns.
05:54 PM on 12/06/2012
Some of the bigger companies also have unlimited plans. Of course, you'll pay a lot more for them.
02:15 PM on 12/05/2012
If you aren't some criminal downloader or don't use Netflix.. who cares.
03:09 PM on 12/05/2012
There are many reasons to use a lot of bandwidth, and labelling someone as criminal demonstrates your ignorance.
03:13 PM on 12/05/2012
Because legitimate services like Netflix use just as much (3-5gb a movie at HD, basically 1.5gb an hour. If anybody in your house decides to marathon Heroes you're going to end up paying a lot of money), and there are plenty of legitimate reasons to download materials in the gigabytes.

There is no legitimate reason to introduce caps; The only reason they're doing it is because Netflix has threatened other on-demand services and rather than compete, they'd just gouge the customer or abuse their monopoly, as corporations typically do.
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novabird
Lover of Life, Radical Centrist
02:05 PM on 12/05/2012
The very best way to keep we the people in a compliant, media induced trance is to keep them in front of their TVs so they can stay hypnotized by the trash programming delivered by the "broadcast only" television screen.

And the best way to scare people away from the internet is to make it prohibitively expensive to access.
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Jack Dale
02:04 PM on 12/05/2012
Will they reduce my bill by an equivalent amount?
05:16 PM on 12/05/2012
Of course not! They've already decided that non-criminal active users of the internet would never make full use of such high bandwidth loads, however the "excellent" customer service and product quality relies on the fees they charge you and they would have to cut services in order to "recuperate" the lost operating costs should they reduce the customer fees.
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Lewis Bartholomew
Founder The Alberni Project
02:02 PM on 12/05/2012
On Van Isle we have two choices; Shaw and Telus. We switched from Shaw last year after a 6 week outage on their email service ("oh, but you could just simply to to the website and check our email there". To switch for the same service (since we already have Telus phone) meant we would save $680 the first year and $200 each year after that, for the same service with Telus and Telus price was including the phone we already had. If we stayed on Shaw, we still had the separate bill for phone. However it took Telus a year to install the Optic (since neighbouring trees prevented Telus satellite). We are now saving even more than with Shaw as we didn't have TV connected. On Telus basic internet on Optic we find it is enough for all our internet needs including netflix and youtubes, plus streaming shows from network websites. Without 200 channels we probably wouldn't be watching anyway, we are spending a lot more time reading, playing face to face games and less time on the telly. Seriously, if you are using so much bandwidth each month perhaps you are spending far too much time on the internet and less time out in the sun.
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davidwgray08
02:32 PM on 12/05/2012
You live on Vancouver Island...what sun?
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Lewis Bartholomew
Founder The Alberni Project
02:43 PM on 12/05/2012
we had 20 minutes of it yesterday and about 10 minutes today. Tomorrow doesnt look too good.
01:47 PM on 12/05/2012
I use Videotron in Quebec as my internet provider, Cable TV and phone service. I have no complaints except for limited English specialty channels. And they up my limit for high speed internet service every year. I went from 100G to 130G in three years. And its only 5$ to add 20G during the months I need more.

I never understood why Bell and Telus keep restricting access to their customers.
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Runey
religion is why we can't have nice things.
01:38 PM on 12/05/2012
Telus senior communications manager Shawn Hall told The Huffington Post the changes are being put in place “to better manage internet investment,” and added the company’s bandwidth caps are high enough that even the heaviest bandwidth users “have more than enough.”

Thanks for your complete BS rhetoric, based off of nothing factual. 2012, the technology keeps increasing, bandwidth needs keep increasing, but the big providers are reducing bandwidth allowances, while increasing their profits.
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mattmarion
04:34 PM on 12/05/2012
I get 250 from rogers. If I leave the computer off, my kids can easily eat through that via Netflix and movie rentals on the PS3 and I pay extra most months.

100gigs is nothing and ridiculous.
07:54 PM on 12/05/2012
He is absolutely right, look Shaw is offering 250Mbps to their customers while Telus 25Mps, with huge investment since 2000 in current infrastructure, Telus is probably out of money to compete with Shaw's speeds, lowering down bandwith caps, and introducing new unlimited or similar crap plans they hope to raise enough money to upgrade their already dated infrastructure. Now where Telus billions of investment went? well they spread over the Canada way to quickly and now their customers have to pay for it. What Telus senior communication manager fail to say is that "We invest money we had for upgrade of our current infrastructure to making it bigger, in this point we have huge infrastructure that cost a lot to maintain and need to be upgraded to keep up with competition, though we lacking money to do so, so we are forced to do some unpopular changes."
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Runey
religion is why we can't have nice things.
09:47 PM on 12/05/2012
What none of that explains is the trend of MANY major ISPs doing this sort of action. This is something easily verifiable.
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mpasmith
Send in ... the clowns.
05:58 PM on 12/06/2012
Telus have VERY deep pockets compared to Shaw, but interestingly, Shaw was recently found to be a more valuable brand name in Canada than Telus.
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Zozzer
Dum Spiro Spero - While I breath, I hope.
01:37 PM on 12/05/2012
Telus claims that its limits are still high enough, then why reduce them? Its not like having excess space is costing them money. This does sound like they are trying to force customers into higher brackets, and force out competition... But hey its Telus, good customer service isn't what they do.
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Cael
01:31 PM on 12/05/2012
Wrong way guys, with the way tech is going, internet bandwidth is needed, otherwise you kill companies in Canada
01:23 PM on 12/05/2012
Just go with other Internet providers. In Vancouver there are several that are way cheaper and faster than Telus, service is better and there is no limit to up or download.
02:01 PM on 12/05/2012
Hi albernio, I am in Vancouver and I am sick of Telus' poor service. Could you please recommend me a better service?
02:24 PM on 12/05/2012
Personally I switched to Lightspeed: http://lightspeed.ca/ (they are in Burnaby but they offer the service all the way to Chilliwak).
Depending on where in the City you are you can have other choices, like Novus: http://www.novusnow.ca/

Good luck.