Description: The Harper government is stepping into a contentious debate over just how much Canadians should pay for Internet service, as Industry Minister Tony Clement says he will review a federal regulator’s decision that will raise prices for consumers and businesses
Source: Globe & Mail.com
Date: Feb 1, 2011
As people access increasing numbers of documents, video, software and other large files through the Internet, major communications providers such as Shaw Communications Inc. and BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada unit have begun to regulate how much their customers can download – charging them extra when they exceed monthly limits. Many consumers have responded by turning to smaller Internet providers that lease space on networks such as Bell’s and offer popular “unlimited” plans without such caps. Read rest of story
Questions for discussion:
- If you were an ISP provider, what arguments would you make that Canada’s rates should be higher than the rest of North America and the world?
- As a small business what arguments would you make that Canada finds itself at a competitive disadvantage as a result of these high, almost monopolistics rates that we as Canadians pay?