Usage-Based Billing for Bandwidth Usage

The CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) recently proposed changing billing rules, giving Canadian internet service providers permission to set a new bandwidth cap on their service plans, forcing customers to pay for every gigabyte they use above that cap!  Here are a couple of articles talking about it as well as a link to the actual decision from the CRTC’s web site:

Needless to say, there are a lot of people getting pretty upset about this decision.  There is even a tweet from Canadian Parliament member Tony Clement, implying that the Parliament will overturn the decision if the CRTC doesn’t back down.  Reading and following all of this got me thinking, what if I was charged based on usage?  From an ISP’s standpoint, I could see how this would be beneficial.  But would it really?

I am curious to hear what you folks think about this.  Are there folks out there that are currently billed this way?  How about organizations?  Are there ISP’s that currently bill this way?  If you are billed this way, how do you ensure that you are properly billed?

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Jason (The WhatsUp Guru)

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