Bell

Attention Bell Customers

Bell has announced price “updates” on their home phone and internet services, effective January 1st, 2012.

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Bell To Phase Out Throttling

Bell has stated that they would be phasing out throttling in a letter to its business partners :

“Effective November 2011, new links implemented by Bell to augment our DNS network may not be subject to Technical Internet Traffic Management Practices (ITMP).”

The letter then continues to mention that there will be higher speeds for users, including users who use peer to peer services.

Two Months To Go !

The digital television transition in Canada is two months away.

This means television stations airing in Canada’s major cities will no longer broadcast in analog over the air. But this signal will be replaced by a digital signal that most LCD, LED and plasma televisions are ready to receive via antenna. Most other televisions will require a digital to analog converter box to receive off the air television signals.

Of course those of you who subscribe to cable, satellite and IPTV services will not need to do a thing. But on September 1st, 2011 you may have this additional option, depending on where you live.

I’ve dropped my extra outlets and have hooked up several televisions to an antenna, saving $7 in fees per month. And from the information gathered from TV Fool, it appears that I should get all but one or two of my local channels after the transition, which will probably come in if I invest in the Terk antenna i’m eyeing.

Those who have or are able to erect an antenna outside will probably have the best luck getting the further transmissions. But i’m also considering an attic installation myself, to get all the local stations and possibly PBS from Norwood, NY.

I managed to get the latter with an indoor antenna last summer for a few days and i’m hoping to get it more regularly.

I will of course be doing quite a large amount of experimenting in the last few days of August. But of course it’ll be worth it, just to get off cable.

Bell Canada Drops UBB

Bell Canada has decided to drop usage based billing in response to the consumer backlash. They have decided to propose an alternative wholesale internet service pricing scheme, “Aggregated Volume Pricing“.

Details on Bell Canada‘s proposal can be found by clicking here.

Teksavvy Suspends Usage Based Billing

Teksavvy has decided to suspend their plans to implement usage based billing in response to the customer revolt that resulted in nearly half a million signatures on the openmedia.ca online petition.

Usage based billing was to be implemented at Teksavvy on March 1st, 2011. But the consumer complaints had flooded in so quickly that even Bell has decided to look for alternatives to usage based billing, according to The Wire Report.

Bell Internet Usage Error

Bell has found a fault in their online internet usage meter that caused 0.1% of their customers to get overcharged.

I had suspected there was a problem because my router’s usage data never matched the usage data provided by Bell.

In a statement to the CBC, Bell stated that they will fix the problem “certainly before the end of the week” and credit the accounts of those who were affected.

Such errrors of course place usage based billing in doubt as errors can occur resulting in unsubstantiated overcharges.

The CRTC has decided to review their usage based billing decision and this incident will probably be mentioned as a reason why usage based billing is questionable.