Whats real funny(NOT) about this, is the Government makes the big Telcos allow space on their lines for the re-sellers.
The Telcos have long complained that the re-sellers make a profitable business out of a free ride on expensive infrastructure.
So now the Government is making sure that the re-sellers can not afford to do business(or not so generous bandwidths and speeds), via a Government(CRTC) mandated rule.
Another great example of just how much open competition hurts the end users in Canada, so no more competition for you.
They pay an arm and a leg every month to just connect their customers using Bell's lines (~$22) and all bell has to do is make sure the lines connected. (e.g. in the rare instance a tree knocks over a pole, fix it.) Most of the time they're just raking in the dough.
On top of that, they charge to have the ISP's bandwidth linked to the CO's/DSLAMs/etc.
So an ISP is paying for their bandwidth from outside sources like cogent, as well as paying to bell to get it to the people.
That's the whole crux of this argument. Bell is selling 1gbps to connect the ISP to the people and then throttles it. I don't go around and sell you tanker of gasoline, then tell you to come back later when it's not busy and i'll give you a little bit.
Now they want to limit every customer regardless, and charge exuberant rates on "bandwidth" overages (I think they should really get a dictionary and bandwidth is not measured in bits, bytes, megabits, megabytes, or anything they say it is. Bandwidth is your SPEED, not how much data you transfer.)
If bell had just matched these ISPs instead of doing all this BS with the CRTC in their pocket, they could've still had a ton of money, as they're lines are essentially free. (most of them have been around forever, and are paid off. Maintenance isn't too much either. I don't think I've ever seen a bell truck fixing lines except for accidents like trees)
After that long rant:
I have no problem with the 60gb cap. However, I do have a problem with the charges remaining the same before that 60gb cap AND the massive markup on "bandwidth" charges per gb. It costs $5/mbit of pure bandwidth from cogent. On that 1mbps, you can do a max 313.28GB per month (avg). That's 1.6 cents per gigabyte that's assuming you use the connection to the max. Let's say Bell doesn't. Not sure why, as they claim congestion, but hey, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. Let's say they use half their capacity on average, throughout the month. That's 3.2cents per GB. They're charging only
3500% what it costs them. (bell wants to charge $1.125 per GB)
But I also wonder how many end-users this will actually effect? Personally, I can't imagine using 300GB/month.
Every single one who uses over 60gb. Your bill will go from $30 a month up to $52.50 per month for the exact same service you have now (if you have 200g with teksavvy and use 80g)
Edit: and I think there should be a distinction in the first post: this affects WHOLESALERS as well, too. Resellers just sell Bell's service.. to them, tough. It's Bell's service. But wholesalers actually provide their own service and lease lines from bell (for a contractual rate) and bell is changing the contract on them..