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That Pesky $8 Modem Rental Fee

 
More than once, someone or other has asked WHERE in the CRTC tariffs and decisions that Bell was allowed to charge this $8 monthly rental fee to the IISPs (and hence their respective customers), if they chose VDSL service such as 25/7 speed tier.

And today, an answer has finally surfaced :

»[Official] $8 Rental and Some Answers

BTW, that thread is currently at the TOP of the DSLR Hot Topics list.


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More than once, someone or other has asked WHERE in the CRTC tariffs and decisions that Bell was allowed to charge this $8 monthly rental fee to the IISPs (and hence their respective customers), if they chose VDSL service such as 25/7 speed tier.

And today, an answer has finally surfaced :

»[Official] $8 Rental and Some Answers

BTW, that thread is currently at the TOP of the DSLR Hot Topics list.

The answer to that $8 question can be found right in this forum when back around July, 2010, both Bell and Telus said to the CRTC at the oral hearings that a "customer service apocalypse" (that is actual the words they used) would follow if they couldn't lock people in to their locked-out modems.

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$8 is what bell charges ISPs. And at the moment, there is no way for ISPs or individuals to own the modems. But this is something being looked at.


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Acanac New CABLE Plans & Prices

 
These are for Ontario (Rogers) cable :

»Re: Velcom, Acanac, price change, when ?

- Applicable only in areas where they have TPIA with Rogers

These are for Quebec (Videotron) cable :

»community.acanac.com/acanac/view···&t=21369
»Re: Velcom, Acanac, price change, when ?

- Applicable only in areas where they have TPIA with Videotron

I'm not sure whether Acanac's website is updated yet.

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register (UK) article about the CRTC.

»www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/17···_canada/

Thanks to drjp81 for finding it.


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TSI New QC CABLE Plans & Prices

 
These, unofficially, are the new long-awaited numbers for Quebec :

»New Quebec Cable Rates - As of March 13, 2012

»Re: New DSL and CABLE price comparison Quebec starting february

The TSI website seems to be already updated with these, so I guess it's official.

Most rates have been reduced, and/or caps increased.

Someone else started the thread in the TSI forum, but Marc has posted there too.

And it's simple to remember.

Everything is either 300GB monthly usage cap or Unlimited monthly usage.

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What do you mean unofficially? The prices are up on their website.


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JF, are you allowing yourself to comment, or are you 'ignoring' this 'announcement'.


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[SPREADSHEET of Prices & Plans of Ontario IISPs]

 
This comparison sheet is mainly intended to cover Cable TPIA Indies, but I have included incumbents Rogers' & Cogeco's latest non-bundled, non-contracted, non-promo'd residential rates and speeds, plus the plans of a few of the better known DSL Indies, to aid quick and easy comparison by shoppers.

»Ontario IISPs Price Plan Comparison Spreadsheet

Cheers !

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Re: TSI New QC CABLE Plans & Prices

said by Davesnothere:

 
JF, are you allowing yourself to comment, or are you 'ignoring' this 'announcement'.

The new TPIA rate structure has enabled product/service differentiation and innovations such as reduced speeds or unlimited usage off-peak. So I welcome any ISP, even those whose name I can't pronouce making new product offerings which are different from the rest.

How's that for a neutral answer ?


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So yes and yes, then.

You ignored the question for nearly 3 days, gave up on trying to ignore it, and after that made a comment (or a non-comment, as the case may be).

Spoken like a politician.

(and notice that I did not even comment upon your comment itself, only upon your frame of mind surrounding it )
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If the truth were to be told, JF prob'ly finished watching all of the Futurama eps on NetFlix and finally surfaced.

BTW, when NF plays TV eps, do they insert any commericals, or do the eps run the same shorter length as a trimmed p2p file would ?


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Rogers Bumps Retail Speeds (and Prices)

 
The speeds are impressive, but there is a fine print link to the new higher prices for 3 of their 5 tiers for March 1st.

»www.rogers.com/web/Rogers.portal···_HISPEED

It would have been easier for them to do just ONE update to the web page rather than 2, doncha think ?

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The European parliament is discussing ACTA in commitee today and the next couple of days.

»www.europarl.europa.eu/committee···ome.html

Some of it will be televised. Micheal Geist is there.

(note: europe is 6 hours ahead of us)

here is the programme:

WORKSHOP The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
Brussels Jozsef Antall Building Room JAN 4Q2 Thursday, 1 March 2012 (15.00-18.30)

PROGRAMME

Welcome and introduction to the workshop by INTA Chairman Prof. Vital MOREIRA

Panel 1: A comprehensive assessment of the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA) and the EU IPR protection and enforcement-related trade policies.

Mr Karel DE GUCHT, EU Commissioner for Trade
Dr Michael GEIST, University of Ottawa Prof.
Christophe GEIGER, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg

Panel 2: Presentation of the European Parliament’s External Study entitled “The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (Policy Department, 2011)
Prof. Anselm Kamperman SANDERS, Maastricht University Prof.
Dalindyebo SHABALALA, Maastricht University

The presentation will be followed by comments from the European Commission represented by
Mr Pedro VELASCO MARTINS, Deputy Head of Unit, DG TRADE (B-3)

Panel 3: Specific aspects of ACTA
The EU acquis and ACTA: Are civil liberties under threat? - What will be the likely impact of ACTA on EU Member States’ national legislation on IPR enforcement?
Dr Olivier VRINS, partner, ALTIUS Lawyers
Mr Rupert SCHLEGELMILCH, EC, Director, DG TRADE (B)


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ACANAC Announces DSL March Specials

 
Free Install for DSL 10, 12, 16, wherever applicable for ON or QC.

Free Dry Loops for 24 Months for ALL available Residential DSL speeds.

»Re: Velcom, Acanac, price change, when ?

»March is FTTN month !

»acanac.com/index.html

»community.acanac.com/acanac/view···07c9b5e7


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VELCOM Announces DSL March Specials

said by Teddy Boom:

Velcom has the promotion up:
»www.velcom.ca/prices.htm

SPECIAL PROMOTION ONLY FOR MARCH/2012!
ALL SETUP FEES ON OUR DSL 10Mbps/12Mbps/16Mbps/25Mbps
ARE WAIVED!



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Re: Globe & Other 2011-44 (UBB) articles

 
Yet ANOTHER R&V request against 2011-703 !

This time, it's B$ELL.

»Here we go.Bell R&V of 703

Looks like JF might be mistaken when he said that March is FTTN Month.

Instead may I suggest that March is R&V 703 Month !

It's almost easier to list who has NOT filed one.

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It's almost easier to list who has NOT filed one.

Once CNOC files its R&V today, I will be the only one without an R&V.

Was thinking of writing one asking to change a word in the 703 decision to complete the collection of R&Vs for 703.


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said by jfmezei:

Once CNOC files its R&V today, I will be the only one without an R&V.

Was thinking of writing one asking to change a word in the 703 decision to complete the collection of R&Vs for 703.



Better yet, write one asking for functional separation as the only way to sort out this mess since clearly one can't deal with thugs.


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....Better yet, write one asking for functional separation as the only way to sort out this mess,
since clearly one can't deal with thugs anymore.

 
I just HAD to add that one word to your statement.

So, in the spirit of bureaucracy & red tape, I hereby file a 'Part 1 application' with you that you accept my additional word.

Please note (as I believe that JF explained to me yesterday in another thread) that this is not an R&V type of Part 1, as it does not ask you to change or remove any of YOUR words, but only to ADD one of MINE.

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Jesse Brown has a good take on the UBB thing-a-ma-jig :

»www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/02/reme···s-worse/


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Fresh from the TSI forum :

»[Official] Remember UBB? This is worse..

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From the Globe & Mail:

»www.theglobeandmail.com/report-o···2358280/

Basically, CBC and Bell formed a partnership t big on 2014 and 2016 olympics and 2 of their bids have been rejected as too low so far.

There are rumours that Yahoo might come in and bid for canadian rights and then distribute it via the internet in canada.

Should this happen, it would become a large push towards OTT distribution of sports and move conventional TV one step closer to legacy/oblivion.


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There are rumours that Yahoo might come in and bid for canadian rights and then distribute it via the internet in canada.

In "unrelated" news, Bhell will prepare to lower caps and increase internet usage overages.


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MARCH Price Promos for Indie FTTN DSL - SPREADSHEET

»March 2012 ONTARIO Internet Plans Comparison

Ongoing February Indie Cable prices & plans for Ontario are also included, as well as ROGERS' & COGECO's rate plans.


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Competition at Last !

 
Do we REALLY have COMPETITION in Canada's ISP industry ?

Not sure, but check the plans and prices in the below thread & spreadsheet, which is a followup to the one posted immediately above.

»March 2012 ONT Internet Plans Comparison, Ver 2

This is only for Ontario, but it offers SOME idea what's happening.


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BCE 2011 Financials

 
BCE's 2011 Q4/EoY financial report came out on Feb 9th, 2012, which was not what their website had stated would happen.

Earlier, BCE's investor page had stated that this would happen on March 15th.

Anyway, here's more on that :

»Year-End Financials & Customer Churn Stats

(And Scroll down a bit.)


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... and we wonder, how much of those financials were a direct result of gouging, dirty tricks, skimming, loansharking, leaning down on, nickel and diming, stealing candy from, giving the BOHICA, sneaky tricksy department operations.


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Sounds like it might be easier to summarize how much was NOT !

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Mars Attacks !

I am trying to get a handle on all the processes at the CRTC.

Tarifs:
8740-B54-201200427 - Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership's TN 395
8740-B2-201200443 - Bell Canada, TN 7340
8740-C6-201116476 - Cogeco Cable inc. (Cogeco), TN 36
8740-M59-201116418 - MTS Allstream Inc. (MTSA), TN 721
8740-R28-201116484 - Rogers Cable Communications Inc. (Rogers), TN 19
8740-V3-201116426 - Videotron ltee (Videotron), TN 41

For all the above: comments are due March 21. (as per CRTC letter of Mars 1)

The CNOC Part 1 (filed January 4h, but dated 5th by CRTC) final replies are now due Mars 23rd

Of the R&Vs whose dates have been confirmed by CRTC letters.

Videotron: comments due mars 28, reply on April 9
Rogers: comments due April 2, reply due April 12
Shaw: comments due Mars 26, reply on April 5

Other R&Vs whose dates have not been confirmed by CRTC:

Bell Canada filed March 1 (so would be due April 1/11)
CNOC filed March 2 (so would be due April 2/12)
MTS filed March 2 (so would be due April 2/12)

However, I have learned that "date submitted" is not when the 30 day timer for comments starts. CRTC starts it when it opens the file it seems.

Here is the one that is "official" as per the CRTC Web site:
»services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instance···Lang=eng

21 Comments for all the incumbent tariffs. (*)
23 CNOC Part 1 final replies (*)
15 Comments on Québécor R&V (confirmed to be the 28th)
26 Comments for Shaw R&V

02 Comments on Bell Canada R&V
02 Comments for Rogers R&V
04 Comments on MTS R&V
04 Comments on Telesave
05 Comments on CNOC R&V

25 Reply by Québécor R&V (update: should be April 7th)
12 Reply by Bell R&V
12 Reply by Rogers R&V
14 Reply by MTS R&V
14 Reply by Telesave
15 Reply by CNOC R&V

(*) Web site does not show those. Deadlines from CRTC Letters.
(?) letter dated march 9th confirms deadline for videotron of March 28, but web site still says the 15th.