[kwlug-disc] UBB comes to Teksavvy

Chris Frey cdfrey at foursquare.net
Tue Feb 1 00:49:52 EST 2011

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:21:48PM -0500, Darryl O'Neill wrote:
> Too many Linux users looking for Free as in Beer internet.

I'm not asking for that.  I'm not even asking for a fair price.
If I don't want to pay their price, I don't get access, and I'm ok
with that.  But I don't want a company with $16 billion a year profits
and the ear of the CRTC to be able to paint themselves as the victim.

> I am not a big fan of Bell or Rogers,  but I am glad no one tells me 
> that I have to sell my services to my competitors at fixed prices 
> independently of how much  of my services are consumed by my competitors.

Without those rules, I suspect there would be much fewer competitors
in the high speed internet market today.  The rules are the price of
having monopoly advantage.

> Given the price of cable, gas, food, living, I am not seeing 
> unreasonable rates listed for internet usage.

Government regulated fees, no transparency, and no price competition.
Maybe we are getting reasonable rates, but Bell's own history says
that these are prime conditions for the opposite.

Wouldn't a $15/month price reduction be hailed as a major improvement?
Wouldn't that spur even more new uses for the internet?  How will that
be achieved now?

- Chris

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