Glen Head, NY
There Is A Way To Fix It First, I am glad they are hammering this out in Canada and not here. My sister, living outside of Tonto, has suffered under Rogers caps and overage billing charges. The family has just about given up using the Internet for anything other than email and a few downloads lest they get caught up in sticker shock when their bill arrives. It is sad that they basically live in fear of using the service they are paying for.
Perhaps if the Canadian government can grow a few, they will force the ISP's to submit their usage meters to the same monitoring and certification that the electric company and gasoline companies are required to undergo. Electric and water meters, heating oil and gasoline pumps are checked for accuracy and certified by a government authority. If the ISP's want to implement the equivalent of an electric meter, than that meter should be subject to strict government regulation and oversight. This attitude of "Trust us, we'll make sure our meter is accurate" is pure nonsense because the ISP's have every incentive to make sure it is wrong in their favor. This is why we do not trust the companies that bill us for things to certify the equipment that does the measuring is accurate. We have an independent authority do that. The ISP's need the same regulation.
I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Lol if the ISPs had to submit their data for cost to the company per gigabyte of usage by an end user, they would be in big trouble. It would be plenty difficult for them to justify any of their caps or overage charges.
He's not suggesting they submit their cost/gb for approval. He's suggesting that they have to have their meters themselves approved to ensure that the amount being billed for is correct.
Essentially, make bandwidth meters used for billing purposes be covered under the Weights and Measures Act.