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Re: FAIR Market Value on Bandwidth! It's like when people say "But shouldn't people who use more pay more?" and I answer "Maybe, but Bell's prices are like paying $200 a litre for gasoline."
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| It really was appalling to hear him spout the invalid comparisons to utilities like electricity and gas again, as Bell is so fond of promoting. Someone in his position should be able to get his addled brain around the basics of network use, not just regurgitate the spoon fed, easily digested bs Bell has been feeding him. Unfortunately a large portion of the public has also bought this line of thinking as it makes a nice simple sound-byte.|
It's not that complicated. The network moves data, the only "consumption of real resource" is electricity to the routers, switches, etc., which is almost the same for heavily used or lightly used networks, and a tiny portion of the operating/maintenance costs. Not the same as heating your home at all.
The issue is peak demand, and when (or if) saturation occurs on a segment. As usage grows, there will be some relatively small costs to increase capacity on these segments - add another Gigabit Ethernet link, upgrade your routers, light up some dark fibre, etc. Then it's fine for another year or five. Occasionally more radical upgrades may be needed to keep pace with global standards (i.e., FTTH). I'd think Bell earns more than enough, even just through GAS (wholesaler fees) to keep on top of these investments.
Can Konrad really be that remiss in his duty to understand what he's regulating? I don't think so. He still thinks he can sell Bell's bull to the public and politicians and keep his friends at the incumbents happy. Pure corruption.