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Rogers Rings In New Year With Rate Hikes
Triple Play Hikes up to 7% Due to Limited Competition
by Karl Bode 08:40AM Tuesday Jan 15 2013
Customers of Canadian cable operator Rogers already face some of the highest rates, lowest caps and highest overages in North America -- and now they're getting another rate hike. According to discussion in our Rogers forum, the broadband portion of users' bills will be seeing a $3 hike, in addition to hikes for television and voice services. The company did recently boost speeds, but left their usage caps (as low as 80 GB) the same.

User Sunfox See Profile breaks down the hikes in more detail:

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Phone Essentials up 7.0%
Phone Favorites up 5.2%
Phone Deluxe up 4.6%

Cable Basic up 2.9%
Cable Digital Plus up 5.7%
Cable VIP up 2.9%

Internet Lite up 7.8%
Internet Express up 6.1%
Internet Extreme up 4.8%
Internet Extreme Plus up 4.2%

"So if you're unlucky enough to subscribe to Phone Essentials, Cable Digital Plus and Internet Lite, your service will be going up 6.7%, or $8 per month/$96 per year," notes the user. As in the United States, a lack of serious competition in the Canadian market allows Canadian ISPs to charge whatever they'd like -- in addition to imposing low usage caps and higher per-byte overages.

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dillyhammer
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Rogers not to blame

Rogers is just doing what any greedy government-protected corporate monopoly would do, make as much money as possible doing as little as possible.

The problem here is the government capitulates and otherwise aids and abets Rogers.

Don't get mad at Rogers.

Get mad at the CRTC. Get mad at Industry Canada. Get mad at Weights & Measures. Those are the organizations that deserve the anger of taxpayers.

Then, switch to an indy ISP, switch to voip.ms, switch to Netflix and OTA, and save your money.

Mike
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J E F F
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Re: Rogers not to blame

Hamilton is a great place for OTA, especially on the mountain, but for a lot of people, these digital signals are either all or nothing. In days of old, one could spend $200 for a mast and antenna and get all the Canadian and US networks for free, now for a lot you'll get nothing. Rogers, they know people don't have that OTA option. Digital TV is great, but the technology at broadcasting channels that go beyond 30 miles is way behind analog.

Rogers is giving me a good discount, but once it's up I'm gone.

I really don't understand their 3rd price increase in 11 months, that's insane and greedy. (Other increase was in October when they took 3% off the top tier bundled discount, reducing it from 15% to 12%, and the March 1st increase)
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"Get mad at the CRTC. Get mad at Industry Canada. Get mad at Weights & Measures"

100% agree!! the thing this time though, is that we finally have a guy at the CRTC who isn't afraid of stepping up. He just needs a little nudge to feel the mood of the people.
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Mississauga, ON

Re: Rogers not to blame

The issue is going to be for the CRTC though, what power do they have to stop Rogers (or Bell or Shw or Telus) from raising their prices?

Absolutely none, and if they tried Rogers would be in court so fast you'd hear the sonic boom in their wake.

I agreed to sign up for one more year but I'm carefully monitoring just what I'm watching and whether legal digital alternatives exist. If as I suspect, there are the proper, cheaper alternatives out there, then its a matter of telling Rogers to go away come next December.

NefCanuck

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Re: Rogers not to blame

said by NefCanuck:

The issue is going to be for the CRTC though, what power do they have to stop Rogers (or Bell or Shw or Telus) from raising their prices?

The best thing they could do would be to split off the portion of Rogers/Bell/Telus/etc. that controls the "last mile" into a separate company with its own set of books and transparent costs. Give that infrastructure company a regulated rate of return like they did in the monopoly telephone days for Bell, and force them to sell access to the last mile to anyone with published rates that are the same for all players.

We're partway there with the 3rd party Internet access regulations in place now, but there's not enough transparency in the numbers supplied by the incumbents. Since those numbers affect the wholesale rates approved by the CRTC, the incumbents can get creative in order to stop the 3rd parties from undercutting them too significantly in retail price.
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Re: Rogers not to blame

Don't lump Telus in with the rest of them.. I'm pretty happy with my Telus rates (as long as they don't start enforcing their cap). I'm paying about $110 a month for 50/10 Internet with no cap and their second highest TV tier.

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why not get mad at the people paying for it? Rogers will ask for as much as someone is willing to pay. let people call in and say I want my cable bill lowered then if they don't get that they drop rogers you'll see prices come down.

It's kind of like the whole people saying damn it all the jobs are going overseas well stop buying the shit made overseas.
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There are worse..

Dish network is raising prices on the low end Dish America package by 14.3%... Even if you halve that number for the two year price freeze. it's still 7.15% per annum. Ouch..

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Re: There are worse..

said by tkdslr:

Dish network is raising prices on the low end Dish America package by 14.3%... Even if you halve that number for the two year price freeze. it's still 7.15% per annum. Ouch..

I was thinking of bringing the Dish over from Buffalo...if they are raising their rates by that much, hardly seem worth my problems, especially if our dollar goes back below par...

I am seriously thinking of investing in an antenna, but I'd need a pretty tall mast and even then, I might not get everything. (I'd like to get all the US Network as well, TVFool tells me CW isn't an issue, but CBS, Fox, NBC and CBS have lower power transmitters, so even at 70 miles away from my place, it's iffy.
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Dish network 1/17/2013 price increases

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MDuerden

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London, ON

Rogers, Bell..... they all do the same thing

I represent a company that offers unlimited (non capped) upload and download with no extra fees. Rogers, Bell, Cogeco.... are very well known for charging overage fee's.....

Rogers and Bell also change their rates without notice.

It's time to get better internet and other services without the brutal service.

Please contact me for more info