CRTC Chairman: Internet Billing in Canada Will Not Change March 1st.
February 3, 2011 - CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says the commission will review its decision to impose a usage cap on small Internet providers. Von Finckenstein said the small providers are crucial to a competitive market. He said the review will determine whether the decision protects consumers and that heavy users pay more. “The ordinary users should not subsidize the heavy users,” the CRTC chair said. We are convinced that Internet services are no different than other public utilities,” he said.
The proposed change asked for by Bell would also put a cap on the small providers who buy up bandwidth from the major providers like Bell and they in turn offer contracts to heavy users. Von Finckenstein said these small providers service only about 550,000 subscribers or 6 per cent of the 9 million subscribers across the country. Von Finckenstein said most Internet users fall well within the caps currently set by the large distributors “and would not be charged more unless their monthly usage increased dramatically.”
He noted only a small percentage of consumers are heavy users, citing statistics from Bell Canada showing less than 14 per cent are responsible for more than 83 per cent of Internet traffic.