Everything Wrong with Canadian Internet Prices in a Picture

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The man facing the camera is Mirko Bibic, chief executive of Bell Canada. Sitting across the table is Ian Scott, chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. These two men met alone at D’Arcy McGee’s pub in Ottawa on Dec. 19, 2019, just six days after Bell filed a major application with the CRTC seeking the reversal of a decision that would significantly reduce wholesale internet rates.

Fuck Bell and fuck the CRTC
 

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You're going to have to explain this to me:

That “final” 2019 decision was based on years of process and mountains of evidence. It had already been upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court declined to review it. The decision would have lowered internet prices for millions of Canadians.​
So how can one man unilaterally override the decision of the courts? Especially given that the highest court in the land had already declined to review it.
 

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The liberals are also refusing to produce documentation the Speaker of the House of Commons has called for....

And this is exactly why I tell you things like the liberals are the "least-hated" of the two big parties in Canada.

Quite frankly I am seriously looking at the NDP next federal election. (of course several republican heads would explode immediately at our 'socialist' party having control).
 

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Sorry the documentation to the speaker is another issue altogether. I was using it as an example of our major problem with both parties; the fact that neither want to actually conform to the rules (when it's uncomfortable) when in power. I'm pretty sure you understand that (as an American).
 
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Fuck Bell and fuck the CRTC
So how much do you pay for internet? If you don't mind my asking?

My uncle has AT&T broadband and some phone and tv package. He pays about $120 per month. It's OK speed I guess. I got no complaints. The TV is OK and has some good channels. ESPN and all. It has his cell service on it too I think but I'm not sure.
 

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I'm about $140 (Cdn) but that contract ends in Sep. I used to be able to get a great deal by switching but the companies don't seem to be interested in deals anymore. I expect to be paying around $180 Cdn (TV/Internet/Home Phone) or more to get the same level.

I'm almost at the point of getting an foreign unlimited cellphone plan for better rates.
 

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There was a mandated $25 basic tv package that they all had to offer and did to some degree. It consists of almost nothing but news and time shift news.

But our cell phone prices have always been ridiculous and still are. I currently pay $25/month for cross-country phone and text, US phone (no text) and 1GB of data (the plan is actually 1/2 gb of data but I got it during a deal).

This is what I meant by an American plan (including roaming up here) would be cheaper.
 
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I don't even know of anybody that charges for roaming anymore.

We've been with Verizon for years. Unlimited talk and text nation wide. Also, if you're talking/texting to someone on Verizon it's free no matter where they are.

We're paying $120 per month, but that includes my wife and I and my daughter and my daughter's brand new Galaxy phone.
 

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I'm about $140 (Cdn) but that contract ends in Sep. I used to be able to get a great deal by switching but the companies don't seem to be interested in deals anymore. I expect to be paying around $180 Cdn (TV/Internet/Home Phone) or more to get the same level.

I'm almost at the point of getting an foreign unlimited cellphone plan for better rates.

OK so 140 Canadian is 111 US. But that's for all your stuff right? That's internet and tv and phone? That's not too bad if that's the case. Well not compared to here anyway where it's a free for all on prices. What they do here is you get a deal to join but you have to stay for 2 years or so. When that contract is up you get jacked clear to fucking Mars so you wind up having to switch carriers to get basically the same deal you already had.

The bottom line I guess is that companies want to get new customers but they don't give a shit about keeping the customers they already have. It's fucking ridiculous.
 

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OK so 140 Canadian is 111 US. But that's for all your stuff right? That's internet and tv and phone? That's not too bad if that's the case. Well not compared to here anyway where it's a free for all on prices. What they do here is you get a deal to join but you have to stay for 2 years or so. When that contract is up you get jacked clear to fucking Mars so you wind up having to switch carriers to get basically the same deal you already had.

The bottom line I guess is that companies want to get new customers but they don't give a shit about keeping the customers they already have. It's fucking ridiculous.

See, this is how i ended up with the 140. Unfortunately the companies up here have gotten wise and there aren't as many offers these days.