UBB Controversy

There has been much controversy over the CRTC decision to allow UBB, usage based billing. This would allow larger internet providers to charge smaller providers for exceeding bandwidth limits. Local business owner, Gord Lacey worries this decision could seriously hurt local businesses, including his own. According to Lacey, when he first heard of the billing changes Shaw was planning, he switched to a plan with a higher bandwidth allowance. He says Shaw later changed the limits on their plans, and as a result his internet bill has seen a decided increase. Bell has told the CRTC they’re investing millions in broadband and old pricing structures need to be updated to keep up with the increasing number of people accessing the internet.

Two sides to a controversial decision. One that may now, be overturned by the government. So many have complained and even signed a petition against the move toward usage based billing, the government has now taken notice. Today the CRTC announced they will relook at their decision.


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