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Bell doubles max charge for DSL overage.

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Hearing colleagues have received email informing them that the max overage is going from $30 to $60, effective Jan 2011.

OMG @ Bell's inaptly named "Performance" Internet plan:

Ontario - 25GB of usage per month; $2.00/additional GB, (max. $60/mo.),
Québec - 60GB of usage per month; $2.50/additional GB, (max. $60/mo.)

Nice that Bell waited for the UBB green-light before sticking in the latest knife.
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The new rate is designed to be a Netflix killer, no doubt. The memo to push customers into higher priced plans is probably going out at the same time. Bell is totally out of control. Their business strategy appears to be an inflationary double digit price increase to customers at a time when many people cannot afford basic services. I have no doubt that many people will just be "polite Canadians" and bend over when requested.
On the mail I got they tell me I can cancel my account...
I would. There are options from independent ISPs, such as Teksavvy. They can't provide 25Mbps, due to restrictions imposed by Bell, but they can do up to 10Mbps with MLP DSL or cable. For TV, there are 2 satellite services plus cable and OTA. Then there is the inevitable save offer from Bell, after cancellation.
Bell Charges $5/month for an extra 40GB - a reasonable charge.
I agree that $5 for 40GB would be reasonable, if that's what they actually charged for using 40GB. As implemented, it bears a closer resemblance to a protection racket than an actual price. Since Bell lowered the caps and raised the overage charges, it's kind of like a mob shakedown. Bell is basically saying, pay us $5 now or we will come after you for $60 later. What's next, 30GB caps, $120 penalties and $10/mo "assurance" fees?
Not sure why you feel Bell owes you a low cap like $30.
Maybe because these charges are outrageously expansive and bear no relation to reality. Maybe because other countries don't have such charges and would outlaw them if ISPs tried to pull this crap. (Like the FCC did in the US.) Maybe it's because independent ISPs have much higher caps and sell extra bandwidth for a fraction of what Bell and Rogers charge. Or could it be that these charges are anti-competitive and restrict innovation, such as streaming video from sites such as You Tube, Netflix and independent broadcasters. Take your pick, Bell is just wrong for charging these fees and the CRTC is wrong for allowing it.
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