How much Internet bandwith do you use every month?



How much Internet bandwith do you use every month?

  1. I would exceed 30GB if I didn't have the cap.

    I did it once and realized how little 30GB really is when it comes to streaming movies.

    Don't mess with my Netflix!

    • I find it interesting that the rate change is justified by lost revune from films/music. Many individuals like yourself are already paying for a service like Netflix and would end up paying into the same pot twice.

    • We used to have 30GB too, and after Netflix we needed more, so we added 40GB and it's now OK.

  2. I am not amused by the telecommunications giants who are crying over the initial capital they placed into broadband infrastructure. I live in Nova Scotia where the provincial government has been subsidizing the construction of broadband infrastructure for years.

    Personally what I pay for my internet/cable/phone bundle has more than double in the last four years. I am glad to see that the Commons is moving together on this matter and quickly quashing these unfair changes. Users have been guaged enough already!

  3. I don't have a cap on my ISP. Bell's rates are so absurdly high that our already overpriced system would become a worldwide laughing stock if they went through.

  4. Andrew,
    I realize you work, at least indirectly, for Rogers. But, please get educated before you spout off inaccuracies like you did tonight on The National.
    Nobody in Canada is being subsidized by anyone else on their internet charges. 1 gigabyte costs any well-run broadband provider less than 1 cent to deliver. So, the 40 GB I use every month costs the provider about 40 cents.
    As a former marketing exec with major US broadband companies, I assure you this is true. Apparently you drank the Canadian industry's Kool-Aid. The only logical way of pricing is speed, not volume, just like in the US where most companies offer full speed, or slow speed for folks not needing it. What tasks broadband operations is many people using stuff at the same time, not how much they use.
    Comcast has a 250 GB cap on all accounts for a reason, as it is a non issue. They turn off abusers, but do not penalize customers that stay under that. Other US operators have no caps.
    Canada has the highest rates in the OECD, and the most draconian caps and overage charges. Those are facts.
    Don't believe me? Read my blog about the issue at http://www.jonathanblaine.com/wpress. Perhaps then you will understand how this whizbang interweb thingy works.

    • what's the national

    • Thanks for the blog. It was a great read.

    • Both sad and disappointing that Coyne opened his mouth so wide on something he clearly knows little about.
      It goes without saying that I have lost a large chunk of respect for him as a journalist.
      On previous occasions, I've enjoyed his columns and his opinions, but I now will always wonder just how well researched and grounded in reality they are. What a sad example of poor journalistic standards….

  5. Andrew, I too, disagree with your opening comments on the National, but you did raise a good point later in the program that CRTC does clam up when the prospect of foreign companies providing service is brought up. Maybe if Bell and Rogers are having a hard time staying competetive, it is time to open the borders.

  6. The parallel between Rogers Movies, Bell Satellite and Netflix timing is more than obvious, and why the CRTC is okay to drop Canada back into the broadband stoneage is beyond comprehension. One look at majority of developing countries with their free services from providers i.e. free caller ID, unlimited internet, pay as you go we need to ask the question, why is it okay to gauge us? Providers know that we can't go without? That internet accessability has become the status quo so no one will argue the price.

    • Absolutely! What you forgot to mention along with Netflix was the widespread adoption of VoIP services like Vonage, Skype and Google Voice. That's also going to take a bite out of their bottom lines. All of the telecoms have known about these innovations for years, but have refused to implement them, and then they go crying to the CRTC to protect their profits because they've been sticking it to the consumer for so long.

  7. Coyne is a corporate/neocon shill.

    Everyday on my way to work I pass a Bell billboard advert soliciting new users. "High speed internet, unlimited downloads, $19.95 per month (6 month offer, reg rates the apply)"

    Get 'em hooked and then lower the boom? Bait & switch? They must have a crack dealer on retainer for advertising advice. LOL

    BTW, is the 2 months delay by the Neocons designed to push the decison past a possible election?

    • You need to step out of your cocoon and see the real world. I am 46 and I watch all my movies and TV shows from the internet. The political advantage you speak of is shared by all parties not just the Tories. And it's a good thing they are taking this stand against the CRTC or you would be sending your e-mails on a telegraph machine. The CRTC is corrupt and misguided and needs to be dissolved or replaced. Their duty was to protect the Canadian consumers and they failed miserably. I stay well within my cap, and I was looking at an additional 5 bucks a month regardless. Bell and Rogers are also very corrupt (hence the shared common ground) and the CRTC is doing more than just holding hands with them. The internet is getting faster and changing everyday for everyone (you being the exception). If you want to stay in a dial up analog world then do so, but don't condemn the rest of us to internet sluggishness with your archaic notions of how people over 30 don't use bandwidth because you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. If you don't believe me then look at the number of thumbs down VS thumbs up you have on your comment.

  8. The real issue is how the Tories have now kneecapped the CRTC's authority to act independently all for a perceived short-term political advantage. Listen, the vast majority of us who actually vote (i.e., are older than 30) don't use the Internet as a substitute for life – we Google, read our email, occasionally send out photos of the (grand)kids but never come near to ever having to pay excess charges to any ISP, large or startup. So little gain for the Tories, so much comprimising of an important regulatory agency's independence.

    • That's just because you don't know how to, TheAttic. For those of us who have eschewed Bell and Roger's business practices for web-based television, telephone, gaming, and entertainment services, this is an incredibly short-sighted manoeuvre by the CRTC that will strangle internet innovation in Canada for years to come. The advent of cloud computing, virtual meetings, and interactive content will all be hurt by the protectionist drive of an oligopoly incapable of adjusting to the way the world is moving.

      Perhaps, instead of questioning the lifestyles of the younger generation, you could release your grasp of the 1970's content-provision mentality and recognize the potential that the Internet offers. The fact that you actually use Google, are able to instantly send pictures of the grandkids, and use email instead of waiting a week for Canada Post service, are all advances that came to you from the efforts of a group of previous innovators that pushed the envelope. Just imagine what those innovators will come up with in the future!

      • "interactive content will all be hurt by the protectionist drive of an oligopoly incapable of adjusting to the way the world is moving." – I think you're being far too generous calling them incapable. They've know about these technologies for years and have stubbornly refused to innovate because they fear for their bottom line. They're not arguing that people should pay for their TV services by the minute that they watch, are they? They're not arguing against unlimited local calling (or even long distance in many packages).

        One byte of data – be it used on a telephone, HDTV screen, or Internet browser – is still one byte of data. And strangely, TV is the only service where they actually have to license content, and the like. It's a blatant cash grab on the part of the big telecoms, and goes to show how much power corporate lobbyists have had in Ottawa for decades.

        • For sure. I've also thought that if the CRTC intended on being fair with this ruling that they should have included digital cable and IPTV under the 25 GB cap as well.

          Or, conversely, they should have increased the cap to cover a television being left on 8 hours a day for a month. Stick it to those heavy television abusers who clog up the network with endless re-runs of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

          • Ya. I honestly wonder if those clowns at the CRTC even know how the technologies they regulate work. Why shouldn't smartphone data packages be regulated the same way, and give each data customer an automatic 25GB data package? I'm sure LOTS of consumers would be able to get by tethering their iPhone/BB/Android device (need to be fair) as their only home internet connection.

            But since you mentioned Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy, I'm sure that the CBC would be seeking some kind of exemption :)

  9. I really think von finklbinder should stick to clearing up the too boring shows that are our Canadian Content – oh lucky us!!!!!!!
    Leave the internet alone. I pay my server I don't want to hear anymore about it!!

  10. For about 17 years I have had unlimited use, and as a late senior the Internet and email are my hobbies; my entertainment; exercise for my brain and memory; my social life; a special way to keep in touch with family and friends near and far; an easy way to read the news of Canada and the world; my way to cultivate improving my English grammar; also a way to try to learn another language; my way to read more poetry and books; easy way to send beautiful greeting cards all year; my way to share splendid, interesting, wonderful email messages; and if I had room I could add many more reasons why unlimited and less expensive Internet and email are so important in my life and better for everyone's inner health. It is also a great way to test one's spelling which is needed for alllll ages.

  11. The CRTC should be disbanded. They have caused enough problems already.

  12. Why?

    • Because usually the institution serves a purpose and if you destroy it without thinking of the consequences, you will probably have to waste time and money creating a new institution to do what the old institution was doing.

      Fools destroy without thinking first, like Harper's stupid decision to destroy the long-form census. He's a fool.

      • Except the CRTC serves no function that's needed in this day and age. We're all grown ups, we can decide on our own what we want to watch without some government agency interfering.

        • Why have any laws whatsoever? We are all grown ups, and we should be able to make the best decisions. Right?

  13. The question that everyone is missing is what will the be the band use we all will use in the future. TV as we know it via cable and satellite is dead. Bell and Rogers knows this. The are all in a state of panic like the music industry was years ago. The landscape has change, Columbia House went bankcrupt in December after many years of a succeful bussiness model in Canada. The next generation of TV are wireless and are montiors for you computer or xbox or playstation whick is connected to the interent. The Interent is the Cloud offering online services and Apps like YouTube, Netflick, Flickr and CTV online.
    Ps how can CTV fairly report this story when they report to their owers Bell Canada. Be careful all that we do not get a version of FOX News in Canada. Where the corporate owners contol the complete information system.

    • CTV isn't owned by BCE yet. Get your facts straight.

      • Sorry Mark, I just reviews the facts at http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100910/ctv… and you are right they hope to own it 100 percent by mid 2011(Bell's goal is to close the transaction by mid-2011, subject to approval.)
        The question now is will Canadains allow this transaction go thought.

        Also the core issue that I was making is, What is the except bandwidth of Canadains who stream off the internet esp when HD services will becomemore avaible. Do you not beileve Televison via Cable and satellite are dead in this contry. Thank You for your reply and have a great day.

  14. The rising popularity of Netflix alone makes usage based billing (UBB) an absurd idea. The recent drop in price for HDTVs means more people than ever in the country are demanding better quality video. On netflix this means HD movies. An average HD movie runs around 4-5 gigs which means, if a family sits down to watch a movie once a week, they've reached your Canadian average. That's without email, without youtube, without streaming CBC 3 online, skyping with their son in the armed forces overseas, and without the university student downloading online lectures.

    The fact is, the world is moving online, and telecommunication companies are loosing money hand over fist on both telephone and cable/satellite to Skype and Netflix respectively. The monopoly they once held is crumbling around them and rather than seeking ways to embrace new technology, they're looking to limit, overcharge, or where they can, outright ban it. It's despicable and over 400,000 signatures prove that.

    The only reason the national bandwidth usage average is so low is because there are so many of an older generation only now discovering the internet and don't know how to use it to it's fullest potential. An elderly person who uses their internet connection to tend to their Farmville and occasionally download knitting patterns is not the average user.

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