Thursday, December 16, 2010

Speed Matching

Want to see an unregulated monopoly in action? Bell filed its proposed tariffs for speed matching for wholesale ISPs. Bell's idea of speed matching is... 6Mb/s! That's a whopping 1Mb/s more than what wholesale ISP can get now. But wait, there's more!

Bell's proposed wholesale rate for this "speed matching" is just $0.74 below Bell's retail price for the same speed. Bell must use a different definition for wholesale than the one I'm familiar with. But wait, there's more!

The proposed tariff lowers the UBB cap from 60G to 25G, which coincidently matches Bell's retail 6Mb/s package, and increases the overage charge to $2/GB. A 25G cap is nothing if you watch video on the Internet. Say good bye to Netflix. And it's obvious now that in Bell's dictionary, the definition for "wholesale" says "see retail".

And that, boys and girls, is what a (de facto) unregulated monopoly looks like. It's an ugly fat cow with a Bell on it.

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