The UBB hits America, but still much better than the Canadian version
Yes indeed folks, our neighbours to the south are about to experience price gouging of epic propor…wait a second.
StopTheCap writes that “customers who violate the usage limits will face a three-strikes-you’re-overcharged penalty system.” Media reform group FreePress reports that AT&T, first American wired broadband provider to adopt usage penalties, will cap use at 150 gigabytes of data per month, and will charge $10 in overage fees per additional 50 gigabytes for some users.
That’s right: Big Telecom called Canadians who supported Stop The Meter overzealous, and they were up in arms over charges that fell between $1.50 and $2.50 per additional GB — on average, ten times what AT&T is set to charge.
So when Free Press’ S. Derek Turner states that America’s UBB-lite “…will have a chilling effect on economic growth and innovation online”, we shudder thinking of the effect Canada’s metered Internet would have on our online growth and innovation.
The point I’m trying to make is not that Americans are unjustified in their outrage over AT&T’s new fees; it’s that Canadians are so justified it hurts.
Lindsey Pinto on Mon, 03/14/2011 – 22:58