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    Whats next?

    saw this on the canadian forum that they are gonna be charged for internet use??? is this headed our way as well?
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    I wouldn't be surprised.

    Satellite connections (which I used to have) had Fair Access Policies that after so much bandwidth usage per month your speed got knocked down to dial up. It was a huge pain.

    I think there's a big shift coming in the way people use the internet, from just surfing, to getting all their streaming video entertainment over it, just like they were using cable.

    It will be interesting to watch over the next few years.

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    We're already paying for the internet through our provider ! This will REALLY GET PEOPLE IN A EGYPT WAY. IT'S COMING !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    We've already got that now. Comcast has a Fair Access Policy that limits a household to 250 GB. Basically if you go over that, they disconnect you or make you upgrade to a business package. My first month with them I came close, but was running carbonite on my laptop, which ate half of that, the backups I download from my web hosting and here take a good chunk each month as well.
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    There's been discussion on it for a while. As time goes by people are using more and more bandwidth, so charging based off bandwidth will put the cost of upgrades on the people that are driving the need. It's about like paying for your cell phone by the minute instead of a landline with unlimited local calls free.

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    This is more an issue of competition - you've got lots more competition than we do, so we're getting hosed more on internet.

    But the good news is that the gov't has ordered a review of this decision, so hopefully it'll be tossed.
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    Oh, yeah the prices in canada are rediculous. I don't dislike the idea in principle, but $2/gb is kind of sad.

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    You should see what Rogers charges for cellular.

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    Since our provider uses our land to broadcast to the valley and makes money off of it, hopefully we'll remain with free access. He only hassles us now and then if we leave something like remote cameras going that eat up a lot.

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