I was going to write up an article on what you can do now that these Powers That Be has got us horn tied to their wishes. But came across this article that pretty well says exactly what is on my mind. There are still ways to do things and this article pretty well says it all. My Opinion Only
What Can You Do?
The fact is it costs less than a few cents, in most cases less than a penny, for an ISP to move a GB (gigabyte) of data. They plan on charging many times the cost of transferring this data and profiting off consumer usage by only offering low capacity levels from the start. This is not about stopping network abusers, it is about profiting off the average consumer family, we doubt there are many families out there who can remain below the low 25GB monthly allotment of data.
So, what can you do? Sign the petition available at www.stopthemeter.ca, over 140,000 Canadians have already signed this petition.
Contact your local Member of Parliament, Industry Minister Tony Clement, your local council, your local media and anyone else you think can help.
And if you experience a bill or warning due to usage, speak with your money and move your account away from Bell, Rogers and Shaw. If possible move all your services away from them, hurting their bottom line can work, especially if it will have a negative impact on their stock prices. Even if you’re stuck with the same caps at a small independent ISP at least you are sending a message, and helping these independents survive to help consumers fight this battle.
For residents in the Maritimes, Eastlink have stated they do NOT intend to charge UBB.
For residents in Manitoba, MTS may be your best bet.
For residents of Saskatchewan, SaskTel have announced they do NOT intend to charge UBB.
For Alberta and British Columbia residents, Telus are your best bet at this time, especially if you are in an Optik capable area. Telus provides 250GB of data per month for the same price Shaw only gives 100GB. Note, there are no guarantees with Telus of course due to their close ties with Bell Canada, but it has been said that they do NOT intend to follow their lead by drastically reducing customer internet caps.
For Ontario and Quebec residents, if you are lucky enough to have cable services not from Rogers you might be ok, if your only choices are Bell or Rogers then please choose an alternate independent ISP such as TekSavvy they would be my choice. Great folks to deal with too.
You can also hurt them by cutting back on specialties on your cable or satellite services and using alternative telephone services such as VOIP (providing you can get a decent internet connection that is!).
It’s time to fight back Canada.