This absolutely belongs on the front page as headline news.
It's beyond ridiculous. Beyond obscene.
I was made aware of this beforehand, but had no idea of the amounts, which are... well, there's just no words to adequately describe what this is.
First things first. I would think the following people need to get a hold of this:
Guy Caron, NDP industry critic
Geoff Regan, Liberal industry critic
André Bellavance, Bloc industry critic, just for the hell of it
Steve Anderson, Open Media
Charlie Angus, NDP
Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star Columnist
I would certainly bring it to the attention, just for completeness, to Christian Paradis, Industry Minister, and the PMO's office.
Here's what I would do.
All services with Cogeco would be cut. Today. Everything. Their equipment would be removed from my property. It would be the last day I do business with them, and I would make it my personal mission in life to proactively take away as much business from Cogeco as humanly possible.
I'd call Shaw Direct for television, and TSI or some other indie for DSL - unlimited. I wouldn't even wait for the new stuff to be installed, I'd go without until it was. Whatever the hell is going on, you and your finances are in extreme danger.
Next, all access to bank accounts or creditr cards by Cogeco would be terminated. I'd be doing that both by phone, and by faxing a letter to their legal offices terminating any previously granted access to direct withdrawal etc.
Next, I'd package this all up and send it off to CCTS as a formal complaint, as a matter of principle. If you search "inaccurate meters" in this forum you get all kinds of crazy anecdotal information, with some meter screen grabs, of just how broken the meters are. I'd put that in too, just for the hell of it.
Next, Id be calling the Lawyer Referral Service and asking for a referral to a lawyer to discuss this with. Preferably a litigation specialist.
That'll get you a 30 minute consultation at no cost to you.
No more UBB... nor more AVP... now it's "Capacity Based". Oh... wait... isn't that what we wanted?