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Old 02-07-2011, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last week, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) instituted usage-based billing for all Canadian Internet users, causing bandwidth caps there to drop from unlimited or 200GB a month to 25GB a month. I've been wracking my brain to figure out how they could possibly believe that this was a useful and necessary step to take. Perhaps they're inhabiting some alternate reality, one where Ethernet bandwidth is shrinking, not growing exponentially. Maybe a reality like this ...

From all reports, it happened suddenly. It's impossible to pinpoint the exact time that Canada discovered it was no longer bound by many of the laws of physics, but the ramifications have been massive and widespread.

The first indication that something was amiss was when a Mountie in Red Deer, Alberta, observed a moose walking through the eye of a needle. Other reports trickled in from Ontario where engineers in RIM's cell phone testing facility were suddenly able to place and receive cell phone calls from within a Faraday cage, but not outside one. There was also mass confusion and hysteria in Toronto when some CTV viewers witnessed Bob and Doug McKenzie literally step out of their televisions and start drinking their beer.

Needless to say, the Canadian government has acted swiftly in an attempt to restore order. One of the first items on their agenda was to assist the struggling Canadian ISPs like Rogers and Bell Canada, who found themselves in the inexplicable situation of declining bandwidth on fiber and copper connections.

While the rest of the world continues to enjoy massive bandwidth increases on existing fiber, the reverse appears to be happening in Canada. In the United States, 10G, 40G, and even 100G Ethernet connections are moving data at dizzying speeds, greatly reducing costs for carriers of all sizes and further extending the ROI on fiber that was laid down decades ago. The shocking problems with basic science in Canada appears to be reducing those speeds north of the American border.

One engineer at a large Canadian ISP claims that he was present when 10G fiber optics instantly reverted to 1G optics. Copper gigabit network connections fell to 100Mb and so on down the line. Unsubstantiated reports abound that those still using dialup had their modems spontaneously turn into tin cans with a length of string running out the back.

With the laws of physics in disarray, the CRTC's response to the bandwidth calamity was to institute far-reaching usage-based billing for Canadian Internet customers. This allowed the carriers to reduce bandwidth limits by a factor of 10 to coincide with their shrinking backbone and last-mile bandwidth. Where customers previously enjoyed 250GB or unlimited bandwidth usage per month, they now find that they're limited to 25GB, with extremely high per-gigabyte overage costs.

A spokesman for the CRTC claimed that these restrictions were necessary in the face of the bizarre circumstances that currently grip the country. He claimed that there may be more restrictive policies coming forth, given that there's no telling what might come next: "We've seen 10G connections suddenly become 1G connections, and we have some reports of some 10G connections ceasing to function altogether, and the optics spontaneously turn into daisies. We cannot expect Bell Canada to continue normal operations in light of these issues."

We went on to list the names of dozens of network engineers who lost their lives when every 40G Ethernet connection in the country became fire-breathing dragons at exactly the same time. He concluded, "Our deepest sympathies go out to their families, and we hope that they can find some comfort in knowing that their loved ones did not die in vain." He then vanished, leaving behind only his mustache -- which then hovered around the room for 20 minutes before exploding.

While investigating other possible problems related to the suspension of the laws of physics, it's important to note that there are no reports of problems with 100G fiber connections. Preliminary research shows that this may be due to the fact that every facility that housed 100G hardware has become an interdimensional portal that cannot be approached by any known means. It's thought that this is responsible for the fact that much of downtown Vancouver has been overridden by large, feathered, beaver-like creatures that have systematically destroyed every Tim Hortons in a 20-mile radius.

Strangely, just across the border in the United States, the laws of physics are as they always were. Existing fiber continues to provide ever-increasing throughput, and no other violations of science appear to be occurring. However, it's certain that ISPs in the United States are watching the situation in Canada closely, and drafting sample legislation to send to their congressmen that would institute usage-based billing for Americans if something similar were to happen there. There are also murmurs that they may want to push hard for legislation like this before there are any signs of problems in the United States, ostensibly to be prepared for such an event.

And so Canada remains struggling with its suddenly topsy-turvy, physics-less existence, while the rest of the world is powerless to help, yet enjoying their unlimited bandwidth. For now.

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This is being fought, and the Prime Minister is reviewing the desicion.

The biggest issue here is smaller isps are leasing bells lines and giving unlimited data plans cheap, which clog up their networks.

Ah well we suck here anyway.
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Sarcasm aside, anybody want to explain what this retarded article is supposed to say?
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What a great satire! I haven't laughed at such a piece of journalism in years. Sad Reality is, the Far North suffers because of greed in the South (and I'm from the Lower 48!)

@PP Mguire -- one cannot put sarcasm aside with such an article -- ever heard of P.G. Wodehouse?
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Bell and Rogers "struggling" is the biggest lie in that article. Even the firebreathing dragons is more likely.

Here:
Rogers Communications - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bell Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Those numbers really show how tough they have it...

Anyway the caps aren't that ridiculous (I have 125GB and there are still companies with unlimited) and the government will be overruling it soon enough.
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What a great satire! I haven't laughed at such a piece of journalism in years. Sad Reality is, the Far North suffers because of greed in the South (and I'm from the Lower 48!)

@PP Mguire -- one cannot put sarcasm aside with such an article -- ever heard of P.G. Wodehouse?
Nope. You can put sarcasm aside by actually writing about what the article is intended for. Basically I got like 4 or 5 different things from that article but with all the nonsense it's hard to tell exactly what this person is trying to say. Considering I have no idea what exactly is going on with the internet situation in Canada (due to the BS the US is trying to pull), I really was trying to figure out what was up.
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Sarcasm aside, anybody want to explain what this retarded article is supposed to say?
Whats happening is this:

We have a few huge isp/media companies... Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc who provide cable or telephone services, sell us internet based on d/l speed and bandwidth caps.

I get 10Meg d/l and a 60Gig cap per month.

Now these companies also sell wholesale to smaller isps. Theses smaller isps,to steal customers, offer packages to consumers that may not be as fast ~5meg d/l BUT unlimited bandwidth.

So now theses Major companies are ****ed because "the little guys are clogging the pipes" and want to get laws that allow them to charge the smaller isps the same way they sell to their customers.... In Canada, the gov't has to okay this stuff because of regulations and anti-competitive laws.

As I had wrote, this was a first ruleing and is being investigated into.
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Whats happening is this:

We have a few huge isp/media companies... Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc who provide cable or telephone services, sell us internet based on d/l speed and bandwidth caps.

I get 10Meg d/l and a 60Gig cap per month.

Now these companies also sell wholesale to smaller isps. Theses smaller isps,to steal customers, offer packages to consumers that may not be as fast ~5meg d/l BUT unlimited bandwidth.

So now theses Major companies are ****ed because "the little guys are clogging the pipes" and want to get laws that allow them to charge the smaller isps the same way they sell to their customers.... In Canada, the gov't has to okay this stuff because of regulations and anti-competitive laws.

As I had wrote, this was a first ruleing and is being investigated into.
Thank you for the clarification.
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Nope. You can put sarcasm aside by actually writing about what the article is intended for. Basically I got like 4 or 5 different things from that article but with all the nonsense it's hard to tell exactly what this person is trying to say. Considering I have no idea what exactly is going on with the internet situation in Canada (due to the BS the US is trying to pull), I really was trying to figure out what was up.
I agree it was a very poorly written article. I know the whole situation and still had a hard time understanding what they were talking about.
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Yea that is why I said, sarcasm aside. In my opinion if you want to write something for the masses you should be straight to the point. If you want to be coy then add a little sarcasm here and there, not through the whole thing. An article is to inform people, not leave them scratching their heads.
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