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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:15AM (Unverified) said

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Why are these companies being allowed to get away with this kind of anti-consumer behaviour?

Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:29AM Nepentheia said

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Why, because all these corporations have lobbyists in DC pushing for their agendas, and the politicians enthusiastically comply. This is just the beginning of this mess, along with big tech corporate mergers and the slaughter of net neutrality.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:32AM Dril said

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Because a right-wing party is in power in Canada?

Because society places such a huge emphasis on the acquisition of wealth that people will do anything to get it?

Because Canada's regulation is either weak, inefficient or corrupt?

Because they're a bunch of scumbags?

Take your pick.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:56AM Greyhame said

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"Because Canada's regulation is either weak, inefficient or corrupt?"

I'll go with the later. The CRTC doesn't have the knowledge to properly regulate the Internet and doesn't seem to want to get informed as to how to do so.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 11:57AM yeppers said

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OMGosh! The CANADADIANS are lobbying in DC!?!?!!? Sayitaintso, Joe!

Seriously I doubt there's anything left/right-wing about this issue, though I'd nudge more towards the left's fault than anything else... since Canada is mainly left-leaning.

It's just someone in the company who made a stupid decision. Stuff like that happens everywhere. At least it was exposed and hopefully will be rectified.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 12:26PM Nepentheia said

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*SIGH* Look, if you read his quote "Why are these companies being allowed to get away with this kind of anti-consumer behaviour? "... he is asking about companies, plural, more than one, in general (companies that are starting to throttle back, regulate, or charge for using more bandwidth). So, I replied to that question, not of one in Canada, but what *multiple* companies are doing in the U.S. Geez.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 2:06PM Severius said

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@(Unverified) Why is blizzard allowed to get away with using up everyone's bandwidth without paying their fair share? This is a company that rakes in billions every year and part of that is because they screw over everyone's bandwidth as a "cost-effective" solution to their actually having to host the patch files themselves.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 2:49PM Vagrant Zero said

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@Severius Pretty much this. Those cheap bastards at Blizzard brought this on themselves when they started using bittorrent to "host" their patch files. All that money, and apparently they can't be arsed to self-host their stuff.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 4:00PM Fakeassname said

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Canada lacks the Anti-trust legislation that America thinly upholds, what few telecommunications companies Canada has openly work together.

the end result is that they can do whatever they want to and then tell their customers to eat ass because they have no choice but to deal with it.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 4:08PM alucard3000 said

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@(Unverified) I know its crazy,I have a friend who lives in Canada and he pays around 15 dollars more for internet than I do but has a 25gig download cap and has to pay quite a bit for each gig he goes over it.He does get almost twice my speeds but I couldnt imagine having a 25gig cap.And I thought ATT was bad now that in May they are implementing a 150gig dl cap hehe.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 8:23PM (Unverified) said

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This is just the tip of the iceberg, Net neutrality in Canada is completely unenforced and now we have Usage-Based Billing because Telecoms in Canada are in collusion and not competion. All part of the same core problem.
You can find a lot more on the subject here:
http://openmedia.ca/
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Posted: Mar 29th 2011 2:27PM (Unverified) said

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@Nepentheia Um, how is a Canadian company lobbying people in the US?
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Posted: Mar 29th 2011 7:16PM (Unverified) said

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Because Rogers has THE monopoly on Internet access in Canada. However, there are a limited number of good providers (say oh, 3?) and the best thing to do is dump Rogers, save about $30 a month on Internet and relax. DSL isn't as bad as they want you to believe and cable programming is.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:22AM Nepentheia said

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This is just the beginning...

AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/13/atandt-will-cap-dsl-u-verse-internet-and-impose-overage-fees/

Posted: Mar 27th 2011 11:12AM Shirogetsune said

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@Nepentheia

Thanks for posting this, as I'm a customer and have yet to be notified. Though, as long as the limit stays 150GB, that's not horrid. It *is* going to be different now to think about what I do download, since I regularly watch a ton of foreign programming via the net in addition to my MMOs and I'm not sure how much Netflix uses for streaming DVDs...

I suppose it just means I'll only download a handful of F2P clients each month now, instead of each week.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 4:43PM (Unverified) said

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I was a faithful ATT customer for over 10 years.

I got rid of ATT a long time ago because I got tired of their "it's coming soon" response for years when I asked about getting faster speeds with the fiber network they were supposedly setting up.

And 150gb limit? Pfft.

I get 250gb with comcast, and pay $130 a month for premium cable, unlimited nationwide phone, and 16mb internet combined. Cheaper and more options than ATT's U-verse combo crap.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 6:36PM JoolaPrime said

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@Nepentheia

That would be nothing new. Happens in many other parts of the world. Might be a slap in the face for American users but it's something they'll just have to get used to.
Unlimited internet is a luxury you'll most definitely have to pay for.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 9:23AM Apakal said

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So this is basically a thinly veiled attempt to throttle piracy. I'm sure they extend these slow-downs to all users running BitTorrent and not just WoW players.

Posted: Mar 27th 2011 12:35PM Mystal said

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Rogers doesn't care about piracy because they have no IP that's being pirated. It's simply a matter of trying to figure out which users are using more than their "fair share" of bandwidth.

As you say though, I'm sure they're targeting all torrent users, not just WoW players. If I were their customer though, I'd be pretty angry about it, since on average, WoW doesn't use that much bandwidth, even accounting for occasional large patches. It's not like WoW players are downloading the game fresh every few days or so.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2011 4:27PM Nerves said

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This isn't exactly true. Rogers distributes traditional cable as well, and they take people torrenting their shows instead of paying 100 bucks a month seriously.
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