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October 21, 2009

CRTC delays usage-based internet billing


CRTC delays usage-based internet billing .  The CRTC is holding off on implementing an order that would allow Bell Canada to charge smaller internet service providers based on how much their customers download each month.  The regulator on Wednesday ALSO announced that ISPs would only be able to use network management measures such as traffic shaping and slowing if economic measures, such as infrastructure investment and usage limits, failed to curtail congestion. The regulator on Wednesday said it needs more time to consider comments submitted by Bell, MTS Allstream and a group of smaller ISPs on its earlier provisional ruling, made in August. That order was supposed to take effect Nov. 10, but will be delayed until the regulator has had a chance to assess all the comments.The CRTC did not say when it expects to make a final decision.  Bell is without a doubt the worst company I have ever seen. I will never do business with them. Voice your opposition to the CRTC’s net neutrality ruling allowing traffic shaping.  I agree , get rid of the CRTC, what a money hole! lets just allow Bell (and Rogers for that matter) to charge us more instead of trying to improve our internet service. I read that report ranking countries and their internet service….Canada didn’t do very good, and this kinda thing isn’t going to make it any better.  When is Canada going to get legit internet, cable and mobel phone competition and end this monopoly?

Top 10 reasons why Ottawa must reverse the CRTC decision:

  1. Bell, Telus and the large cable companies now control 94% of the residential internet services market in Canada. This dominance stands in stark contrast to the competitive dynamic and choice that existed when internet access was first emerging. In 1998 competitors had 47% of the residential market however as high speed began to emerge competitors’ market share began to drop dramatically and is now virtually non-existent because the former monopolies have denied competitors fair economic wholesale access.
  2. In the late 90s Canada was also leading the world in broadband deployment and state-of-the-art networks. Now Canadians pay more than all other G8 countries and get less.
  3. Canada needs the latest and best technology solutions in order to stay competitive. If we allow more monopolization and less competition, there will be no pressure to innovate, and the Canadian economy will suffer.
  4. Bell and Telus were subsidized by taxpayers to build their networks, and we all did that because we wanted the networks to help serve the public interest, not just the private interests of the telephone companies. The networks should continue to be regulated to ensure they serve the public interest, since we helped foot the bill to construct them.
  5. Canada should be leading the world and Canadians should be receiving the innovation and choice that vibrant broadband competition would bring. This will not be achieved by allowing, as the CRTC is doing, the unregulated former monopolies charge retail customers what they want and to use their network dominance to eliminate competitors.
  6. The evidence is clear from the past….when we have competition in broadcast and telecom markets, consumers get more and better services, at lower prices. Turning back the clock would produce exactly the opposite effect.
  7. The US tried the approach the CRTC is advocating and it was a disaster. Estimates are that the cost to the US economy were $66 billion and 234,000 jobs.
  8. If the federal government lets Bell and Telus have the power to harm competitors, smaller towns and rural Canada will suffer most. We need to stand up for all parts of Canada.
  9. Bell and Telus, like most companies, offer more attentive service and more attractive offers when they know you have a choice.
  10. The past rules have not harmed Bell and Telus on the contrary, they are among the largest and most profitable companies in Canada.


September 9, 2009

Skype, Magic Jack

Skype finally hits iPhones in Canada.  Skype is finally releasing a downloadable application for Apple’s popular iPhone in Canada,   Iphone and iPod Touch owners will be able to download it to their device for free, whereupon they can use Skype’s internet-based calling service. This is the beginning of the end for the telcos. Sell your Rogers, Bell, Telus stock today. As free WiFi continues to spread there will be no need for voice or data plans. Who is going to drop 100/month when the exact same service is available free? see  “Wireless carriers have so far prohibited the application from using the iPhone’s cellular internet connection to make calls, because doing so means customers could drop their voice plans altogether.” The companies want control, control, control. The (very bad) CRTC will stand up for the rights of all big businesses to push consumers around and deliberately remove features that people want, leaving no alternative.. I took a MagicJack * option and for about $100.00 I have no more phone bills for any calls in North America for six years and that included the hardware as well.  With an American number (mine is out of Seattle) and wireless connectivity everywhere and anywhere in the world there is an open network; MagicJack is not subject to the same whims and requirements of the myopic Canadian regulators… let alone the needs of law enforcement.  Plug any phone into MagicJack Never pay a monthly phone bill again! Free local and long distance calling in the USA and Canada. 100% Risk Free 30 Day Trial )   
Skype for iPhone is now available in Canada :)  and download it now (opens in iTunes/App Store).  Skype released an upgrade version 1.2 for the iPhone last Friday that added features such as call forwarding, the ability to send SMS (short message service) messages and improved quality of computer-to-computer calls, which are free. Skype [free – iTunes link],  is finally available for iPhone and iPod touch users in Canada. 
 For iPhones right out of the box you can…
-Sign up for SkypeOut credit to make Canadian/USA long distance calls for 2 cents/minute.
Sign up for a Skype subscription plan and make unlimited calls to Canada/USA for $3/month.
-Download Skype from Canadian iTunes instead of going through US iTunes
iPod nano 5th Generation Teardown Popular Repair Guides
Skype – Make free calls and great value calls on the internet With Skype you can make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like. It is free to download, Skype (pronounced /ˈskaɪp/) is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, any time of the day or night, anywhere in the world. Call phones from Skype Save money when you call landlines and cell phones around the world at low, per-minute rates. Or, buy a subscription for unlimited calls.* Download Skype to get started You need Windows 2000, XP or Vista to run Skype. Skype is costing money to run,  in much the same way that YouTube has become a financial burden for Google. Both companies have wrestled long and hard to monetise these businesses to a point where they become cash flow positive. There is no question that Skype is a popular service and that it offers a great set of features to users. It also has great appeal to small businesses and sole traders, allowing users to run their entire business from a laptop. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
* Magic Jack – Not A Bad Gadget for Free Calling But Forget About Customer Service if a Billing Error is Made  All the Clear Calls You Want – But Little Customer Support on Mistakes They Make in Charges, just like most firms it seems anyway.. Magic Jack is a tiny gadget that plugs into the USB port of your PC. Any phone can then be connected to Magic Jack, and – voila – all the free domestic calls you want (and prepaid International calls can be made for .02 a minute). When purchased by calling the number shown in the infomercial Magic Jack, itself, costs $39.99.  System requirements include Apple/Mac, Windows XP or Vista, as well as a high-speed Internet connection. I do not recommend ordering the device over their automated phone order-processing. It is too easy to have an error occur at the end, when they ask if you want priority shipping, the second year, and any additional devices. They do have their website, where orders can be placed and where, perhaps,  errors may be less likely to occur. MagicJack is now being sold at a number of retailers (which is very different than when I purchased mine).  In view of the guarantee on the device, I, personally, don’t see how anyone can go too wrong with it.
Telus unable to sign new mobile customers… “poor customer service from telus is news?  That’s a “Mickey Mouse” Provider anyway.  Am I am supposed to feel sorry for them? Does this warrant coverage? Karma someone said.. Wait, people are still signing up for Teuls? You can’t speak to anyone……and when you do it’s like talking to your dog…….the only difference is you get a responce from your dog. .. their high speed internet services are also terrible. Poor customer relations as well as trouble getting thru technical support.  Telus probably went over thier bandwith cap or even better..they are throttled… by Bell or Rogers?  Maybe telus should find a better service provider. Telus uses a lot of Dell equipment which should be all you need to know.  this couldn’t happen to a better gouging, money hungry corp. Their record of poor service and arbitrary contract fees, etc has finally caught up with them. My most common telemarketing call: Telus, of course. Desperate fools, I’m NEVER coming back. I’ve had satellite with Bell (terrible service), I’ve had a cell phone through Rogers (nightmare) and both internet and landline through telus (clunky incompetent service)… None can I say went smoothly.  Is anyone happy with any Canadian provider? ”
I really do love to read the news comments at the CBC or the Globe & Mail.. they are very hilarious too.

Do always  check your actual ISP speed  check for the blatant theft-corruption on a daily basis and ask them to fix it immediately as well..

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September 2, 2009

Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services,

Canadian cell phone companies are officially giving customers the ability to refuse mid-term changes to their contracts under a new wireless code of conduct. Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association on Tuesday, promises to let customers cancel their contracts without early termination fees if the carrier makes material changes to terms — or customers can refuse the changes outright. So, for example, if a customer is in the middle of a two-year contract and the carrier tries to raise prices, the customer can cancel the contract or continue their existing deal until it expires. “In the case of such material changes that are unfavourable to customers, we either give them the right to terminate the contract without any additional fees for early termination, or allow them to remain on the unchanged contract,” The code specifies that the rule doesn’t apply in the case of changes required by law or for customers without a fixed-term contract. ” They make it sound like they are doing us a favour my actually honouring a contract.”  “How nice of them to let us get out of a contract that was broken by the other party. You’d think common sense would have just allowed us to always do this. Wow, now contracts really GO both ways?” ”  This doesn’t mean a thing, Compainies like Rogers will finad another way to screw you like they have done for years.”
 How basically absurd in the first place.   The companies were by law already not allowed to change the terms of a SIGNED contract but yet they did anyway. All just ” More PR and BS!” Also ” Rogers is the worst culprit for their unrelenting repetitive telemarketing calls.” ” Just all more manure  to keep the related incompetent civil and public servants looking busy”. Cellular firms get new customer rules but they still have not honoured all the old ones.. Canada’s mobile phone companies will be required to make sure consumers understand their contracts when they buy a cellphone under a new code of conduct but will the phone companies next fully honour the same contracts? Unlikley. 
This code of conduct in a very short while even  next was already abused, misused by Rogers..
 There also have been well-publicized stories about users who fully befdorehand  didn’t understand the terms of their bills when it cames to text messaging or downloading movies or music and  they thus ended up with monthly bills costing thousands of dollars.  Horror stories have often already abounded about customers with unexpectedly very high cell phone bills due to a carrier over charging, or  customers being lied to,  misinformed ,  never originally being fully communicated when signing their original contract, promsied servcies not even delivered fully.  The supposedly new  supported code of conduct is now supposedly designed to help all of the wireless subscribers now understand all of their bills better, including the actual terms of service, contract agreements and advertising promises, all which  would not be even required, applicable if  all of the firm and employees  of these firms were honest in reality in the first place. The too often liars and bad employees are not about to stop their wrong doing because of a supposed new code very likely. The liars in the firms, elsewhere in rality  they all do need to be fired from their jobs firstly instead. Unless you do that all you have now is just another farcical merry go round.  Thus unkept promises, unenforced  and inadequate regulating of these firms is still the major bad problem. These are mostly the same firms, ISPs for the most part that had before  lied to us all already about their poor Internet services too. Now they  resolve your complaints efficiently, fairly and courteously? Ha, ha, ha,  rather they will find rather a buck passing way, false  excuse why they cannot help you in reality, as I have recently  experienced now too. PR is still mostlty lies these days.
Most Consumer advocates don’t think much of the new code. A code of conduct adopted by Canada’s cell phone service providers is a political answer that doesn’t address real consumer concerns, another competent  critic now has still charged .The code will be administered by the useless, pretentious  Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, a body set up two years ago by the industry to negotiate disputes between customers and companies.    
In its first year, 2007-08,  CCTS was still unable able to resolve about 40  per cent, of the complaints according to its own website. What a very high failure rate.  About one-third of the complaints were related to wireless services. 40  per cent, that is about the number of unhappy Customers with Bell’s Internet services too
Telecommunications analyst Eamon Hoey of Hoey Associates said the code is meaningless.“There’s nothing impressive about a code of conduct,” he said. “This is just a way of smoothing over the obvious. They haven’t served their customers very well. Now they’re coming in with a political solution to what should be a customer solution.”Hoey said the litany of complaints about cellphone service in Canada includes “astronomical” base fees, lengthy contracts that are expensive to get out of, poor coverage outside of cities, charges for services such as 911 that may not be available, add-ons such as system access fees and problems with roaming charges.

I heard firsthand one teenager saying to another teenager “I cannot trust you, you lie to me all the time” and this next had made me reflect upon the reality that the average person lies 3 times in every ten minutes of conversation, and it also reminded me with my past years of undeniable dealing with Bell related to my internet download problems, they too had lied to me all the time, by not admitting the truth first that there was a problem, nor next honestly admitting the cause of the problem. It seems that spin doctoring, misleading, lying to others is a very major part of not just the lawyers, used car salesmen, but a regular part of the sales, advertising, corporate way of doing business with consumers these days Canada wide now as well. I too at least am known for telling the truth and that is worth much too. Bell is a known liar and that is not worth much.. The big corporates do prefer no outside regulating bodies, they want to to deal with each customer individually, divide and conquer approach, for they are afraid of massive class action suits, and there are many now against Bell even.

Look I have rightfully hundreds of time to the government, on the net, to the news media already have said that Bell is undeniably, unacceptable too, a bad big despotic control freak, monopolistic, immoral, deceptive in reality, practice, and in reality Bell itself does not honour the normal, decent laws, rules, regulations. Bell solely is a dictator that wants all others to play by it’s own rules. Bell does not know how to respect, keep, honour the terms of it’s contractual obligations to it’s own customers, immoral Bell rather likes to rewrite the contract continuously, one sided so that it is always better solely for Bell.

Well even if Bully abusive Bell falsely under the guise of profitability, competitiveness, making more profit or whatever, now still thinks it is a big, large, established firm, corporation that does not have to play by the established rules, rather it can make it’s own rules. I on behalf of all Canadian, Bell’s customers even now, I am rightfully asking nevertheless that the federal government, prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet exemplary force Bell to respect the laws of decency, norms, the established regulations and to even regulate next rightfully Bell much more so that bad Bell definitely stops being guilty of it’s undeniable false misleading advertising practices, unfair and restrictive trade practices for the good of all Canadians now as well , not just for the good of Bell.

Imagine that Bell has been in Business for many years and was, is still too often, wrongfully guilty now clearly of misleading advertisements, fraudulent and unacceptable business practices, not living up to their contractual obligations, as I now have PERSONALLY WITNESSED, EXPERIENCED and undeniably detailed to even Bell and many others and many times too now . I had Paid for a high speed unlimited download service but that is not what I got next. I got low internet speed at a high price. With Bell you have to check your actual delivered speeds , “internet download and upload speed test” continually too cause Bell wrongfully seems always to change it to suit themselves..

Quebec to end automatic cell phone contract renewals, surprise fees and what about the Internet service providers, who are the same firms doing the same bad things there too to the customers, well?

“Quebec to end automatic cellphone contract renewals, surprise fees – The Quebec government has tabled legislation to better protect consumers in the province when they sign cellphone contracts. Justice Minister Kathleen Weil said laws aimed at protecting cellphone users were written in the early 1970s and don’t address current consumer habits. She said Bill 60, introduced Tuesday, would revise outdated rules. There can be “very onerous penalty fees” to pull out of a contract once a service provider automatically renews it – usually for a period lasting three years, Weil said. The bill would prohibit the renewal of cellphone contracts without a customer’s written approval, she said. It would also force merchants to disclose the total cost of the goods and services offered, a move Weil said should prevent customers from being caught off guard by hefty fees for services they don’t want, such as text messaging. In addition, companies won’t be able to suddenly increase fees during the life of the contract. “Consumers often don’t understand everything that they have agreed to when they’ve signed that contract,” the minister said. “The contracts are a little vague, and there are services that are added over time without their knowledge and without their consent.” “The first thing that [merchants] do is offer you a free cellphone, and it’s sort of the lure that gets you into that relationship,” Weil told reporters. Merchants will have to explain existing warranty protection Weil said the new law would make it illegal for merchants to sell extended warranties before telling customers what the manufacturer already offers for warranty protection. It would also put an end to expiry dates on prepaid cellphone gift cards. The minister said the bill, amending the province’s Consumer Protection Act, would correct an imbalance in an evolving industry. “In consumer protection you often have an imbalance that happens over time and in the whole field of telecommunications. There is not a jurisdiction in North America that hasn’t noticed this imbalance.” Michel Arnold, head of the non-profit consumer rights group Option consommateurs, said Quebec is the first jurisdiction in the country to introduce this kind of consumer protection. Weil said officials in the province receive nearly 700 formal complaints about cellphone contracts each year – about 10 per cent of all consumer complaints – as well as thousands of inquiries. Bill 60 is expected to be adopted before the end of the year.

and what about in the rest of Canada too? Bell Changing horses, making changes, additions to the contract in midstream is invalid, a breach, still not allowed, especially without the subsequent, and pre consent, approval of both parties now still too and is a breach of contract rather. That includes Bell capping of my bit torrent downloads too on my unlimited download account

Now in my decades of real life experiences in Canada the existing laws, regulating societies, governments clearly did not stop many Realtors, lawyers or even now Bell Sympatico from telling lies to the customers, others.

With Bell you have to check your actual delivered speeds , “internet download and upload speed test” cause Bell seems to change it to suit themselves.. (Presently I am with Acanac Inc. 1-866-281-3538, and do see their speed test too).

Now this mis-advertisement of the actual speeds attained also reflects the common problem we tend to have also in Canada with the false, misleading advertising, trade practices by Bell, Rogers, Videotron in regard to the speeds of their iphone and DSL, ADSL, cable internet services. These Communication, ISP firms amongst others are known to inflate, advertise substantially higher speeds than the consumer will actual get next get on the average, and the next related internet congestion cause web connectivity problems, and also reductions of the downloads speeds too.. Over 2M Canadians now have cable based phone. Most of those were former Bell Canada customers.

Bell itself found a an excuse for not performing a specific job assigned to them under the contract agreement but fooled few people in the process now too. One side breaching a contract is a common, often fact of life, very common, and it happens often in in the Computer business, with Internet Service Providers, in Real estate and even with new home contractors now as well sadly, and I have often witnessed it myself.. and pretentious self regulating boards, governments are mostly useless too, and it is basically too costly to get a lawyer, it only makes the lawyer’s richer, so now the best way to deal with any breach of contract is to expose the bad guys to all, to the news media and thus really put them out of business.. and I have done that even with major corporations successfully now too.. ”

Now what about having now the much need real consumer protections for the citizens of Canada here as well from the greedy, lying, no good corporations? The Liberals are just as bad as the Conservatives in not dealing in Canada with the lying, price gouging communication firms..

“Conservative government bows to the wishes of large corporations and ignore consumer protection.” ” Tony Clement, He is protecting the providers of these services, their monopoly and their profits. Never mind the Consumer whom the Office of Consumer Affairs was set up to help. ” ” government is pro-business. And no matter who we vote for, that will remain the same. How many of our government officials actually read our comments. One question, what does ‘lobbying’ actual entails?”

” Tony Clement doubt the Minister’s seats at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and the Bell Centre in Montreal are assured.” ” Tony Clement is not for us. This fellow is definitely not a consumer advocate and to make it quite blunt – he is not for our welfare. We the people need a government which encourages completion and one which tries to hide the oligopolies which really don’t re-invest much into Canada, unlike the US. Perhaps a massive shakeup of our government infrastructure and the ministries is badly needed. We want a complete cleanup from top to bottom ” ” I think we need a complete public audit of exactly where all of our tax money is actually be spent!”

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It has always confounded me as to why the liars, crooks, deceivers, abusers  too often do still do think they can get away with now, next and forever.

August 19, 2009

Phone companies internet at disadvantage


Telling the truth to all is the best way to deal with any matters now still too.. bad customer services included now.

Internet Cable can be modified cheaper and faster to attain higher speeds over the phone lines

Now “The cable providers have a significant speed advantage over most of Canada’s major phone companies, which provide internet connections over phone lines. Bell and Telus, the two biggest phone companies, are offering speeds with a current maximum of about 15 megabits at a cost of $60 and $53 per month, respectively. In Quebec, Bell has been hemorrhaging phone and internet customers to Videotron, which offers better speeds and prices.

Many of the cable companies are using a network technology known as DOCSIS 3.0, which actually lets them offer speeds higher than 50 megabits.

Canadian internet providers have been criticized for being too slow in rolling out next-generation super-fast internet speeds, and for charging too much for existing services.

A study last week by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found Canada had the second-highest rates for high-speed internet services ranging between 12 and 32 megabits per second, next to only the Slovak Republic. In Japan, ultra-fast connections of 100 megabits per second are being sold for just over $50 Canadian.

Rogers, Cogeco and Videotron are, however, offering faster speeds than just about every American internet provider.  Rogers Communications is boosting internet speeds in the Toronto area, but will charge a premium for the service. The company announced its new Ultimate High-Speed Internet service with a top download speed of 50 megabits per second, up from 18, and a monthly usage allowance of 175 gigabytes in select parts of the Greater Toronto Area. Customers who currently subscribe to the 18-megabit service will see their speed automatically boosted to 25 megabits at no extra charge, Rogers said.

The new service is considerably faster than the best offered by Rogers’ chief rival Bell Canada, which has a maximum speed of 16 megabits per second, but at $150 a month it is also more expensive than comparable services offered elsewhere in the country.”

” Probably the fastest in Canada? It’s also probably one of the most expensive and slowest compared to other countries. “

“More ISP/Telco lies.  What they are saying is “up to 50MB” and then they’ll throttle your apps to 30k. “


 “a monthly usage allowance of 175 gigabytes” At the speed of 50Mbit/sec you would use up the 175 GB of allowance in just over 9 hours for downloading…” and what do you do the rest of the month?”

” I think it is misleading for the article to talk about these speeds without pointing out that they are all theoretical and that they have nothing to do with the actual speeds that you will get. It doesn’t matter if Rogers has equipment that is capable of a zillion Mbps if they over-subscribe so you only get a trickle during busy periods.”
“The headline should really read “Rogers Offers 50MB Download and Will Finally Deliver the 10 You’ve Been Paying for All Along”  I have never seen my connection at the full amount I’m paying for. I don’t care how fast they *say* it can go, I care how fast it *actually* goes.”
” Why bother upgrading to 50Mbps when u cap, & throttle us we pay for 50mbps u give us 70kbps /sec on our torrents, rogers, bell, aliant & telus u can go …”
“In Stockholm you can get a 100Mbps symmetrical connection (upload and download at 100 at the same time) for about $12 a month.”
” So they throttle their users, steal back bandwidth so they can offer a premium service their customers will never see…. These guys are so badly over-subscribed I’d be amazed if users saw a quarter of that speed.”

The Liberals are just as bad as the Conservatives in not dealing in Canada  with the lying, price gouging communication firms..  The federal, provincial governments, the CRTC, Conservatives, Liberals  unfairly maintaining  archaic, monopolistic telecommunication firms, that are often   bloated, cost ineffective, incompetent, over staffed, un-competitively managed as well is the main reasons consumer costs falsely keep on going up now.

In its first year, 2007-08,  CCTS was still unable able to resolve about 40  per cent, of the complaints according to its own website. What a very high failure rate.  About one-third of the complaints were related to wireless services. 40  per cent, that is about the number of unhappy Customers with Bell’s Internet services too
Subject: Re: CCTS #02010400029439
Thank you for your poor reply, lies, buck passing. But my complaint is still only with one specific firm Bell Canada that I have had a contract for many years and Bell had breached falsely my contract and falsely had disconnected my internet services and I am asking 2500 dollars in damages FROM BELL FOR THEIR INADEQUATE SERVICES HERE  TOO.. NOW  DO FULLY DEAL WITH IT AND THANK YOU. 
Yes it is true that Bell Telephone is still  always seeking news ways by hook or crook as well  to make more money cause it undeniably still loses it’s dissatisfied customers faster than it can gain them.  Bell itself now is always lying for years has always told me it is someone else’s fault for the internet problem and not Bell’s. “Do note that my Bell internet services profile, download speeds  varies, varied from 1 megs, 2 megs, 5 megs, 6 megs, 7 megs, depending on the weather, the day of the week, etc.,  and now all  contrary to Bell’s promises, advertisement of a steady High speed system too, etc., or Bell’s past advertisement that ” Bell delivers reliable Internet access, assuring consumers that they can get on the  Net when they want to and stay there as long as they need”…is also clearly a lie….” Bell’s advertised “Choice of consistent super fast speed” is also a lie for the speed undeniably was slow and varied and too often…  Bell’s advertised “Best price” is also a lie.. and please all do  still deal with Bell’s false capping of my bit torrent too.. on my unlimited download Bell account in Canada.”  Bell for certainty cannot be trusted, it can only be trusted to lie, Bell along with many DSL ISP undeniably lied in their past Internet  ADDS for many years about the advantages of  the internet DSL over Cable too. “The speed advantage of DSL over cable is much higher”, ” DSL-based services results in the ability to guarantee the bandwidth provided by the high-speed DSL connection” ” Cable service providers usually don’t quote absolute performance numbers like the DSL vendors” In real fact Major Canadian DSL vendors like Bell never met their promised speed CONTINUOUSLY or reliably now too anyway and most of the time they were far short of it tooThere was, also is a need for regulatory Government intervention of Bell, ISP providers practices, advertisements too. There has been a lot of evidence, allegations about Bell’s bad  managerial practices,  and it’s motives. It’s mostly been  warranted. Bell  wrongfully sees itself as the sole judge of disputes in their contract obligations too. ..  Sadly AT&T for a start is not the only carrier that doesn’t have presently  adequate  existing bandwidth to support all of their customers, iPhone users  using  an “unlimited” data plan  and that would now include Rogers and Bell? who are clearly already capping their existing customers and others to over come this serious shortcoming,   and in spite of what they do all  promise now they might have in the future I really rightfully do not believe them.  I TOO NOW have been discussing, detailing on the net Bell’s inadequate pretentious, poor services, internet and customer services, specifics included now for many many months.. even in October 2007   
What started as a simple phone call by me in January 2007 to Bell tech help line to determine why my internet services were so slow and sluggish next had  become a major farce, cover-up on the part of Bell Sympatico. I was next lied to for months as to the real reasons Bell they rather had offered me their poor internet services to me and  to many others in my city for years now too.. and then Bell had even  lied to me some more, had also breached their contractual obligations to me many times too, had allowed me even to be slandered, abused on the Bell customer forums now too.. and why? so  that clearly greedy Bell can continue stay in business to make more money.. and so who really cares now about the customer’s good welfare in reality? now? What not Bell itself, not the CRTC, not the federal government, not our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, not  the the federal Minister of Consumer Affairs, Jim Prentice..  not  any provincial consumer affairs Minister, but only the citizens, the news media, and the NDP party care about the citizens  good welfare really it seems. Not acceptable for sure too!
Imagine that Bell has been in Business for many years and is still guilty now clearly of misleading advertisements, fraudulent and unacceptable business practices, not living up to their contractual obligations, as I now have PERSONALLY WITNESSED, EXPERIENCED  and undeniably detailed to even Bell and many others many times too now . I Paid for a high speed unlimited download service but that is not what I got next. I got low internet speed at a high price. With Bell you have to check your actual delivered speeds , “internet download and upload speed test” cause Bell seems to change it to suit themselves..  ( Acanac Inc.  , and do  see their speed test ). BELL EXECUTIVES HAVE BEEN  TOO CHEAP, AND STINGY TO SPEND THE NECESSARY MONEY TO DO THE MUCH NEEDY UPDATES TO BELL’S INTERNET WHICH DO LACK FULL CAPACITIES TO SERVICE ALL THE PRESENT CUSTOMERS, NEVER MIND ALL THE FUTURE ONES, SO THEY HAVE TO THROTTLE THEIR SERVICES
 More and more, Bell, Sympatico Internet users are finding Web browsing a lot less fun these days for  it took a little time to load the pages, there is continual internet connectivity problems for their Bell ISP provider is totally unreliable, dishonest, inadequate too.  
Bell has always had it’s spin doctors spin, lying..  Now this Mis-advertisement of the actual speeds attained  also reflects the common  problem we tend to  have also in Canada with the false, misleading advertising, trade practices by Bell, Rogers, Videotron in regard to the speeds of their iPhone and DSL, ADSL, cable internet services. These Communication, ISP firms amongst others are known to inflate, advertise substantially higher speeds than the consumer will actual get next get on the average, and the  next related internet congestion cause web connectivity problems, and also reductions of the downloads speeds too..
Bell firstly has also not been transparency about it’s internet capping as well now..  Major Canadian DSL service providers commonly employ bandwidth / speed caps for residential customers. Bandwidth caps place an artificial limit on the maximum speed a customer can achieve by monitoring their indCOMPENSATION as soon as possible.ividual traffic flow and throttling network packets .Providers concerned about the capacity limits of their network  implement a cap so that they can accommodate more customers, and make more money and undeniably  do not do this for the sole benefit of the consumer but mainly their own. But I have said much of this before for many months now too already even that Bell will lie, divert the truth and basically try to say that the customers are all still stupid, and the customer’s own computer’(s) are at fault,, they are lacking sufficient processing power or memory, cache and they  cannot keep pace with a high-speed Internet connection. Or the spyware, viruses on the computer when that rarely is the case now too for the slow internet speed,s but rather it is mainly due to Bell’s own faulty, and poorly maintained and poorly serviced equipment…  Bell is one of he biggest liar that I have personally dealt with too..  I had written 300 letters to Bell trying to get simple, straightforward satisfaction, appropriate payment,  answers from them and of course they dishonestly refused to provide any answers.. all they Sasha Rollins,  did eventually is double bill me and next cut of my internet for complaining too much to them.. real perverse people. Nevertheless I posted a full log for about 2 years on the net, too all of the major news editors, major politicians now too  for all to read, and Bell undeniably now did not try to deny it too, as to how crooked they were and how poorly they had actually responded to their false breach of my internet contract too. I now do realize that I have been told many times now by Bell on the phone, on the net that my internet account matter now has been escalated to the Highest level at Bell, specially Bell executive care services, and that as usual I  have been lied too. Bell should pay for internet throttling, Breach of contract too. Telus says Bell should pay for internet throttling dispute: Telus Corp. is supporting consumer groups and small service providers in seeking legal costs from Bell Canada Inc. in a dispute over the throttling of internet speeds. Telus had said it agrees with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, who say that because Bell started the whole argument over throttling, the company should be liable for all the costs whether it wins or loses the dispute.
 Bell Sympatico now even  wanted an extra payment of 75 dollars if I do not return ASAP their high speed modem as soon as possible, conveniently forgetting that they themselves had wrongfully had breached my ISP contract, and also that they had falsely refused to refund me for an  overcharge of an  extra 55 dollars, to me for this  high speed modem that I had never even requested from Bell Sympatico in the first place, and they too easily seem to forget that  fact they Bell Sympatico had falsely also now tried 4 times to withdraw, steal my  money from my bank account even during the time I as supposed to have  free 6 months high speed unlimited internet as well. An agreement they too had falsely breached now too. Now Bell Sympatico’s executive care  Sasha Rollins had  complained to me in writing 3 times back that in the last 18 months I have written 280 letters of rightful complaints to Bell about their inadequate, pretentious, services, even their false breach of their contract obligations. Me I am even next still even rightfully complaining to Bell Sympatico now that I had even firstly to to write any of these 280 letters of complaints to Bell Sympatico, and I as a direct result do even rightfully still do demand full payment of 2500 dollars from Bell Sympatico NOW  for all my wasted time in even having now to do so now as well, plus further payment for the many years I had paid for a high speed internet services but never got one from Bell Sympatico as well. And I rightfully still expect this rightful  2500 dollars payment to me now from Bell Sympatico ASAP AS WELL , and  so also  NEXT  I too will demand an extra 250 dollars in payment  if they do not pay me my 2500 dollars<>;

 Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:12 PMSent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:04 AM  Subject: CCTS #02010400029439

Dear sir,

Thank you for contacting the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). The CCTS is an independent agency with a mandate to receive, facilitate the resolution of, and, if necessary, resolve eligible consumer and small business complaints relating to certain retail telecommunications services.

The scope of CCTS’ mandate is set out on our website:

Unfortunately, this matter is not an Eligible Complaint within the meaning of our Procedural Code and is therefore not within the scope or mandate of the CCTS. The CCTS handles complaints on a specific case by case basis.  Your complaint pertains to the market of the internet service by all the service providers in Canada. This matter is not within the definition of an “Eligible Complaint” with regards the CCTS’ Procedural Code section 1.1(j).
Therefore, the CCTS cannot process your complaint.  The Procedural Code can be found at:

You may wish to contact the CRTC at 1-877-249-2782 or the Telecommunications Service Provider (TSP) of your choice as they may be able to assist you with this matter.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your complaint, or anything contained in this correspondence, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CCTS P.O. Box 81088 Ottawa, ON K1P 1B1


Sincerely, CCTS Assessment Team


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August 15, 2009

CRTC is clearly in Bell’s bad pocket again



 Online Petition Stirs Commentary with Calls for End of CRTC mediacaster A petition calling for the dissolution of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, (CRTC) says the regulator has become a burden on the Canadian public, and should be replaced with a new regulator

Dissolve the CRTC !

Toronto Star – Neoseeker – – Dslreports

Dear Minister of Industry,

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was created for the purpose of ensuring broadcasting and telecommunications systems serve the Canadian public and ensure that Canadians have a wide variety of options to create and view works of media or communicate across the country and the entire world.

We, the undersigned, believe that the CRTC has become a burden on the Canadian public and are failing to perform their duties in the interest of the Canadian public and that of a fair and unbiased telecom policy.

Scrap the CRTC, petition urges  An online petition to dissolve the CRTC  . The petition, at   and on   Facebook and Twitter,  was started Saturday by Mike Lerner, a 23-year-old Ottawa software company employee, who was frustrated by a decision to allow Bell Canada to institute usage-based billing on its wholesale internet customers. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission last week provisionally approved Bell’s request to require independent companies such as TekSavvy and Acanac, which rent parts of its network to supply their own services, to charge customers by how much they download.Independent providers typically offer customers hundreds of gigabytes of usage where Bell’s most popular service allows only 50 gigabytes a month. Smaller providers now say they have just under three months to migrate their customers on to similar usage models. Once those plans are implemented, they say, their services will be indistinguishable from Bell’s.  The CRTC, the petition says, is failing in its mandate to protect competition and look out for the interest of Canadian consumers and has for the past three years shown “undue preference in the interest of commercial entities and their preference for traditional business models over competing models that would create competition.” “We, the undersigned, believe that the CRTC has become a burden on the Canadian public and are failing to perform their duties in the interest of the Canadian public and that of a fair and unbiased telecom policy,” it says.Lerner told CBC News the government needs to replace the current regulator with a body that is staffed by people who are in touch with the new technology and competition models being introduced by the internet.”You need some people who have experience with telecom but you also need some people who understand the new types of competition. They just don’t have any experience in that field,” he says.


This is all really unacceptable. Monopolistic, big bad Bell is allowed to violate basic  contract laws as well again.

 “Want to know why this happens?  Wander around the building in Gatineau where the CRTC offices are. Nothing but hundreds of middle aged women who have never used bittorrent, never downloaded a software update, and never used an open source application.  People completely out of touch how technology is used today!   What DO they care about? Their Big Pension Countdown!”
If the CRTC isn’t going to do their job, then we at least need to examine Bell’s anti-competitive practices under consumer protection laws. They all need to be brought down a few notches. I’m convinced the CRTC is hindering the advance of technology and broadcasting in this country.”
The CRTC’s time has come! Enough pandering to big business interests. I urge all Canadians to support this initiative. The consequences of not supporting this and net neutrality will diminish the online experience for all Canadians for years to come. ” 

Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Shaw, Telus  all only care about one thing.. maximum profits.. motivated by maximum greed.. finding an excuse to charge the customer for more.. and that they have done with their regulating, capping… and no one cares about what the consumer thinks, the CRTC or the federal Conservatives as well included. This consumer price gouging perversity has got to stop. I asked the Liberals and Iggy to rightfully speak out against this, and I am  still waiting to hear from them? Why are they not talking about this as well?

Sadly to many of us are like sheep, we do what we are told, because we are fearful of negative consequences, sheep are often afraid of their own shadows as well.. but unfortunately we do not have the luxury of being abused, whether it is verbally, physically, mentally, or what ever.. cause the abusers tend not to stop their abuses upon us unless they themselves do feel some real , personal negative consequences in reality. I too have found when being abused that screaming rape in a loud voice in public, full public exposure and calling the police, demanding the appropriate rightfully prosecution works the best.. sadly the too often lazy, pretentious, inadequate police, watchdogs  themselves can be a real part of the problem and not the solution, so I next expose the bad cops and all the bad watchdogs, politicians  readily as well.

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“Bell to charge small ISPs by usage

Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2009 | 11:45 AM ET  By Peter Nowak, CBC News

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has approved a request by Bell Canada to implement usage-based billing for its wholesale internet customers.

The decision, made on an interim basis, could result in lower download limits for customers of smaller companies such as Teksavvy and Acanac that rent portions of Bell’s network to provide their own internet services.

Smaller ISPs, which typically allow customers to download hundreds of gigabytes a month, may be forced to lower their limits to Bell levels. Bell’s most popular plan allows customers to download 50 gigabytes a month.

The CRTC on Wednesday also approved a request from Bell that will allow the company to charge small ISPs 75 cents for every gigabyte over 300 that their customers use.

Smaller ISPs had fought the requests and said if granted, their services would become indistinguishable from Bell’s. The CRTC last year also allowed Bell to extend its traffic management practices, where certain uses of the internet such as peer-to-peer file-sharing are slowed or “throttled,” to smaller ISPs.

Independent companies are therefore required to throttle their own customers as well.

Although the CRTC ruled in favour of Bell during the throttling dispute, it also launched an inquiry into the larger issue of net neutrality, or how much control internet providers should have over the connections they provide to customers. The regulator is expected to make a ruling on net neutrality by the end of the year.

Consumer concern

Internet experts said that with usage-based billing, the CRTC has once again ruled in favour of Bell at the expense of consumers.

“It raises significant competition concerns since it suggests that independent ISPs will further lose their ability to differentiate their services,” University of Ottawa internet law professor Michael Geist said.

“It also calls into question Bell’s claims during the traffic management hearing that they can’t differentiate between providers since the implementation of [usage-based billing] would mean much more detailed info about end users.”

Mirko Bibic, head of regulatory affairs for Bell, said the company’s network-management technology is capable of differentiating between wholesale customers for accounting and usage-based billing purposes but not for traffic shaping, a fact that was made clear in its filings during the CRTC hearing.

“Our statements to the CRTC were and have always been accurate,” he said.

Bell stopped offering unlimited downloading to its own retail customers a few years ago. Throttling and usage-based billing are key parts of its strategy to fight congestion on its network. Critics, however, have said that Bell has so far failed to prove its network is congested.

Rocky Gaudrault, head of Teksavvy, was angry with the CRTC’s decision and said it will limit his company’s ability to offer new services such as television over the internet and could see an increase to customers’ bills of $10 to $20.

“Today’s decision has to send a clear picture to those the CRTC have to answer to,” he said.

“Someone needs to step in and audit how these lawmakers come to their conclusions as predatory tactics, which last I checked were not allowed in Canada, are being allowed to march through the regulatory gates without any resistance, all while laughing in the face of both Joe competitor and Joe public.”

The CRTC has given small ISPs 90 days to prepare for the implementation of Bell’s usage-based billing.”

” Today the CRTC just proved they are corrupt. Only a person of an IQ of less then 80 could not tell this is bad for consumers, Indy ISP’s and small home run businesses.  One of the board members of the CRTC is a former bell and rogers employee, I wonder how much he is taking under the table in cash or stocks.”

“Unbelievable! The CRTC should be dismantled immediately and/or there should be an inquiry into it’s board members. The CRTC does not represent or protect the best interests of Canadians or any company other than the already established monopoly.”

“The CRTC screws Canadians.. AGAIN. This agency is rapidly wearing out its welcome. When Bell is wholesaling access to its system it has NO BUSINESS even knowing anything about the usage of individual customers of another company! It need only know the total usage by Teksavvy (or whoever else) and bill accordingly. Even the wording used by the CBC in this article is slanted. By expressing the issue this way “Smaller ISPs, which typically allow customers to download hundreds of gigabytes a month, may be forced to lower their limits to Bell levels. Bell’s most popular plan allows customers to download 50 gigabytes a month.” CBC is taking sides in a much more complex issue than this paragraph describes. Net neutrality NOW. “

” “Someone needs to step in and audit how these lawmakers come to their conclusions as predatory tactics, which last I checked were not allowed in Canada, are being allowed to march through the regulatory gates without any resistance, all while laughing in the face of both Joe competitor and Joe public.” Brilliantly put. Our internet privileges are slowly being stripped away from us for more and more profit, and the CRTC hasn’t done a thing about it.  Crooks.”

” I find it incredibly ludicrous that the CRTC is made up of ex-Bell cronies! How in the heck is THAT fair and unbiased? Whatever Rocky has been cooking up to deal with the throttling fiasco, he had better shift into high gear and really start researching his options on a fail-safe plan to rid the TekSavvy name from Bell’s medusian gaze forever. Or its out of business for his family for GOOD.  Bell doesnt want you using Usenet, P2P, Torrents, FTP, VOIP or YouTube HD without forking over 50% of your paycheck. Who else in this world has those kind of markups? Answer: The Mafia.  Time to change tactics with Bell. Writing angry letters is not going to cut it anymore.”

“The members CRTC should be investigated. These bunch of crooks are really the public enemies.” ” Canadian Regulators Send Another ( Pornographic) Love Letter To Bell”

I have just renewed a one year unlimited download contract with Accanac/Bell.. I rightfully oppose to Bell. CRTC putting any caps on my downloads. My tracking number is: 0010400029439


CBC had said “ Bell stopped offering unlimited downloading to its own retail customers a few years ago. Throttling and usage-based billing are key parts of its strategy to fight congestion on its network. Critics, however, have said that Bell has so far failed to prove its network is congested. ” SPECIFICALLY AS OF AN 1,2008 THAT IS NOT REALLY A FEW YEARS AGO BUT ABOUT 1.7 YEARS AGO..  and the move was clearly made to allow Bell to offer rental of  it’s own movies, to provide internet phone for iphones, and to encourage people to get Bell TV  as well


Bell is always seeking news ways by hook or crook as well  to make more money cause it undeniably still loses it’s dissatisfied customers faster than it can gain them


PS   Australia biggest ISP admits to lying Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | 11:15 AM ET Last week saw an interesting revelation from Telstra, Australia’s biggest phone and internet provider. New CEO David Thodey admitted to a court that Telstra had lied to block rival internet service providers from accessing its network. Under previous CEO Sol Trujillo, an American, Telstra had told other ISPs that several of its downtown telephone exchanges were full so they couldn’t install their own equipment and thereby provide customers with their own services. There was, in fact, plenty of space but Telstra was playing dirty tricks to cut its competitors off at the knees.

” These things ARE happening, perhaps not to the extent of demolishing bathrooms, but the lying about full areas definitely occurs. In fact, some small ISPs have had such problems with this that they advise potential new customers to sign up with Bell for a month (no contract) and then migrate over to the wholesaler. This is because when wholesalers put in the line request, they are often told that the customer can not receive DSL or that the customer will receive a much lower speed profile.

In regards to the Competition Bureau, our Bureau consciously ignores all anti-competitive behaviour from Bell. When Bell started throttling its retail customers, they lost a large number of subscribers to DSL wholesalers. Bell then unilaterally and magically decided that their network was congested because of wholesaler traffic and started throttling their wholesalers. This was an unbelievably anti-competitive move. However, how did the Competition Bureau respond? They referred all complaints to the CRTC, claiming that all telecommunications issues were the responsibility of the CRTC. Fast forward a few months. An association of small Canadian internet providers, the CAIP, files a tariff application with the CRTC asking for access to Bell’s new upgraded network. The CRTC agrees and gives Bell notice to submit their expected costs from this move. What does Bell do? Bell ignores the CRTC order and instead submits a proposal to impose Usage-Based-Billing on all wholesalers, with absolutely ridiculous overage fees of nearly $1 per GB, with no maximum penalty. The CRTC recently granted this proposal on an “interim” basis. This, despite the overwhelming submission of comments against the proposal. The CRTC even acknowledges that the proposal discriminates against wholesalers, but claims that it is not “unjust discrimination”? Huh? It is worthy to note that Bell Retail is NOT included in this proposal, and Bell only just today added a new $5 for 40GB insurance plan to its offered internet services. Smells like anti-competitive behaviour to me.” 

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August 7, 2009

Bell, BCE own profitability..


The departure of Nortel Networks Corp.’s CEO, a once proud flagship of Bell,  and most of its board marks the effective end of the 124-year-old company. But the remarkable aspect is that Nortel lasted as long as it did, given its rapid descent from national hero to national disgrace.  “I knew when I joined the board it was high-risk,” said Harry Pearce, who stepped down as chairman Monday after four years as a Nortel director. The litigation lawyer – a former chairman of Hughes Electronics and a former vice-chairman of General Motors – said he was under no illusions when he came on board in January, 2005, after a major accounting scandal had pushed Nortel close to the brink.  “Pearce an ex-General Motors executive – there you go, Nortel hired a blind man to lead the blind. And Nortel’s failure is not due to external factors as he states (poor economy, meltdown in capital markets, blah, blah, blah), rather it was p$$$ poor management, fraudulent accounting, etc. I don’t see any of Nortel’s competitors having problems staying afloat, in fact they all seem to be prospering in these trying times.”


“During the rush, senior BCE management embarked on a scheme to turn the company into a multi-media, converged entity. To do this they stripped Bell Canada – the telephone company – of people and used revenue formewrly used to upgrade the network, to buy the Globe and Mail and the CTV television network. They failed to support the infrastructure to compete with the cable companies. But the dazzle in their eyes was caused by the almost mythical idea of multi-media empires delivering content to homes throughout North America on phone lines. It was a great idea except they forgot they were still running a phone company and that the infrastructure needed to be upgraded FIRST. It was like putting a $50,000 bathroom in a house with old windows and a leaking roof. Today, Bell has a patchwork network, with the best service in the major urban centres (high-speed internet and cell coverage), while smaller markets make do with less. Bell has been bleeding hundreds of thousands of customers for several years, service has fallen and, as I mentioned, it is patchwork quality, depending on where you live.  In the corporate boardrooms incompetence seems to pay. Jean Monty, former CEO, raked in millions when he left in shame, and I can hardly wait to see Sabia’s nice little package when he turns the lights out.”
It seems that Bell, BCE continually now faces bad news about it’s own profitability..
Needless to say greedy Bell and the others had expected to gouge all if it’s customers, old and new  forever as well but things rarely go as expected especially for Bell for the customers are not stupid. Bell’s promises of future revenue increases  and improved great services based on their past performances to date also are not valid, reliable. It seems the Zebra too still cannot change it’s stripes.

Canada’s largest wireless companies are now clearly wrestling with their first real decline in smart  phones customers’ monthly spending, and wondering if it is a sign of the times or a harbinger of the future. “The companies have spent billions to deploy networks and are stocked with fashionable smart phones. But even as Canadians snap up the latest handsets and sign three-year data contracts, operators are seeing average revenue from each customer fall. Is the drop a result of the recession, or does it reflect the more competitive landscape that is about to see even more players enter the field? BCE’s Bell Canada said yesterday that it generated 4 per cent less money on average from its wireless customers in the last quarter, compared with a year earlier.That follows similar news last week from rival Rogers Communications Inc. , which reported a drop of more than 2 per cent. Today. The downward trend of what the industry calls ARPU – for average revenue per user – is significant for Bell, Rogers and Telus because they rely on wireless as their engine for growth.  As part of its second-quarter financial report, the company said it signed 45,000 new wireless customers in the period, compared with 83,000 in the second quarter of 2008. In addition to the fewer new accounts, Bell said ARPU fell $2.22, to $52.05 a month. Both results fell short of analysts’ expectations and crimped BCE’s overall performance, with profit dipping 4 per cent and sales down 2 per cent. “People are actually using the product less in the economy, from a voice perspective,”  “A decline in employment means a declining use in wireless and we are seeing that. BCE executives agree that tougher competition, especially among their discount brands, is a factor. But they say it is being offset by customers’ adoption of new data services, which generated 28 per cent more revenue in the quarter from a year earlier.  A key step involves cutting costs, which BCE has done by eliminating several thousand jobs over the past year. Executives said it has also improved quality of service, eliminating many customer calls. General and administrative expenses were down 11 per cent in the quarter, which helped bump gross margins up to 40 per cent. Other steps include the recent purchase of the 50 per cent of Virgin Mobile Canada Bell didn’t already own; the acquisition of electronics retailer The Source and its 750 stores nationwide;  and a more aggressive branding campaign. In addition, the company is building a new national wireless network on the leading wireless standard of the day, called HSPA. Bell is sharing the development costs with Telus and both companies   expect  to launch service on it by year-end.  Bell TV turned in the best performance of the quarter, with video revenue rising 9 per cent to $389-million.

Meanwhile , Bell Canada is taking the federal broadcast regulator to court to stop the country’s big networks from charging cable and satellite companies for their TV signals. Bell, which owns Canada’s largest satellite service, known as Bell TV, alleges in documents filed with the Federal Court of Appeal that the broadcast regulator has overstepped its jurisdiction and has asked a judge to intervene. The move comes after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in May it would let large conventional networks, such as CTV and Global Television, negotiate with cable and satellite carriers on compensation for their signals. The court filing is unorthodox, since it is extremely rare for a company to challenge the CRTC so directly. The bitter debate has driven a wedge down the middle of the broadcasting industry in Canada, and these court filings demonstrate how contentious the issue has become. There is already tension between Bell Canada and CTV, the television network in which Bell owns a stake, and this case will only increase it since the two sides could meet in court. Bell owns 15 per cent of CTVglobemedia, which is the parent company of CTV and also owns The Globe and Mail.  Paul Sparkes, CTV executive vice-president of corporate affairs, also reserved comment. “As the matter is before the courts, it’s not appropriate for us to comment on the substance of the appeal,” he said. “We are confident that the Federal Court of Appeal will see this for what it is, a stall tactic.” ” Interesting how Bell fought very hard and successfully to get the feds to bring in laws against people who use “black boxes” to take Bell’s satellite signals without paying. Now Bell wants to take the network’s signals, without paying for them, and then charge customers for these signals. Seems very inconsistent to me! ”

It is no surprise to me that mobile companies are overpricing their wireless internet services so that only businesses can afford this service.  A wireless spectrum auction last year attempted to improve competition but there is still lots of work to be done. Most mobiles available in Canada come locked to a multi-year contract


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July 7, 2009

CRTC’s Farcical hearings on Internet speed control


Ten things your internet provider does not want you to know.
First  test your Internet connection.
The smartphones demand  has clearly surged, but they use as much as 30 times as much bandwidth as regular mobile phones to run the applications, or “apps,” that make them so popular. This  surge in traffic triggered by video and other apps has led to more dropped calls and choppy service. As video on smartphones becomes more popular, it is leading to more congestion, and forcing the reluctant carriers to spend billions to upgrade their antiquated networks and also to  buy more wireless spectrum. Kind explains why Bell also had to dishonestly cap the regular downloads capabilities on it’s networks to make way for the smart phones. And why Apple’s phones, ipods  are reluctant to  to use video, cameras ..  Just cause you got a Smartphone does not mean it is going to work properly.

Many Other citizens have agreed with the truths that I have written even  that the ISP providers themselves are the main reasons the internet is congested and that they the ISPs are also guilty of false, misleading advertising to get customers too.   “They would rather lower your speeds than spend the cash to upgrade their crappy networks and just bank the cash as profit.” I have often wondered as to why so many communication corporations are so stupid unrealistically gambling, thinking they can abuse their customers and they will come back for more? Believe me most customers will do without next or look for a better alternative instead.   
Ministers ignoring the near-monopoly state of the market. Where customers rarely have more than one or two choices, ISPs can behave with impunity, raising rates, providing lousy support, and — yes — discriminating against content they disfavor. After all, consumers have nowhere else to turn. Only rigorous government intervention can ensure that Internet service providers serve the public good by maintaining the Internet as a free-flowing marketplace of ideas. And only a free and open Internet can protect our democracy in an age of frightening media consolidation.
Harper’s staff, civil and public servants do not reply to the citizens letters any better over the lieberals too. Prior to the introduction of the copyrights bill, there was already substantial public consultations about copyright issues but the bill Moore introduced ignored many of the public’s stated concerns and why was that? No Doubt whose bed the Minister is sleeping in.. Asking for Consolations when it is quite clear he has already made up his mind where it will go is ludicrous approach, a big lie still.. ” He basically chucks out the result of public consultations in favor of a bill written by the entertainment industry, and he calls OTHERS absolutists” Useless, pretentious Minister Minister James Moore’s remarks demonstrate yet again the Harper government’s disdain for the Citizens of Canada. The Lieberals are not any better. It is the same reasons the telecommunications services are poor, and the prices are high in Canada, they all favour big business being allowed to be greedy, over valid consumer protection, concerns. Such immoral, double standard, law and order concerned MPs hypocritically of course would also not want, allow their expense account checked for the lies, dishonesty. By the way Hollywood who is asking for protection is already known for it’s tax evasions but who cares what they do? No political parties in Canada thus will have a majority government if they continue to cleanly show their lack of concerns for the citizens over and over again too.
While the pretentious Canadian Liberal and Conservatives governments, are presently engulfed in the  Quebec mafia scandals too, hiding the MP expenses,  while they  clearly do not care about the average citizens, about their consumer protection, yes the ordinary citizens  concerns too, but they all  wrongfully it seems to care only about big businesses making  more money at any costs, the reality of this is all  evident by the fact this  page has become the most read post of mine.. and do see also 
Canada must follow Europe’s example and implement open-access rules that will force internet network owners to share their infrastructure with smaller competitors if the country is to compete in the digital age and greedy, immoral, lying, price gouging Bell itself must be forced to diverge itself of any of  the internet business which is clearly a conflict of interest here too.  Their infrastructure was paid for by the taxpayers through government subsidies and grants. In other words, they are a PUBLIC UTILITY and must be shared freely for everyone’s benefit. And  it’s really sad that Estonia has better digital infrastructure than we do.  Read more:  
 Canadian broadband blasted by Harvard study – Canada has some of the poorest high-speed internet service in the developed world and is an example of what not to do from a policy perspective, according to a study by Harvard University.   Canada was 22nd overall out of 30 countries surveyed by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Canada ranked 16th on broadband adoption, 20th on speed and capacity, and 25th on price. Japan, Sweden and South Korea headed up Harvard’s rankings, while the United States placed above Canada at 13th overall… we have been paying the big ISPs “boat loads” of money for a decade, yet they have spent little on upgrading and maintaining their networks. with rogers i paid about $50 a month for a 5MB down 800KB up connection which was then traffic shaped down to a 200KB down 50KB up connection; you don’t see a problem with this? this is because rogers, bell, etc. have spent only a fraction of their profits on upgrading their networks. they pocket most of the profits and spend the rest on massive advertising campaigns telling us how great they are. this lack of investment on infrastructure means they are unable to actually provide the speeds which they advertise, hence traffic shaping must be employed… And I always thought that the CRTC was adopted to protect Canadians. I guess the truth is finally coming out. Finally, confirmation that all Canadians are being screwed by the CRTC, cable companies and telco’s. No competition, no choice from tv signal service providers (DTV), dictatorial CRTC regulators, throttled networks and ridiculous pricing is screwed the Canadian consumer out of $$ billions $$ of dollars every year. Excuse me, I have to go now and watch the 500th re-run of Top Gun and Tommy Boy now. Nothing else on. Canadians are being charged for the same unimmaginative repetitious programming over and over and over again. It’s sad, corrupt and theft as far as I’m concerned. Bell Canada bribes customers who threaten to leave.  Bell Canada throttles customers (their own AND the Indie ISPs customers).  CRTC gave Bell Canada permission to implement Usage Based Billing, not just on their own customers, but on the customers of the Independents.  This means the Independent ISPs will only be able to offer Bell Canada pricing. The same service we get now will cost about double when UBB is implemented. Canada will lead the world with the highest priced service.

FCC Study: Open Access Spurs Broadband Growth eWeek

WHO REALLY LOOKS AFTER ALL OF THE CITIZENS BEST INTEREST IN REALITY.. CERTAINLY NOT HARPER AND HIS CROONIES!   Canada is  far behind the rest of the world in providing affordable broadband to the majority of its populace and here the definition of affordable depends solely on the greedy big 5 Shaw, Rogers, Telus, Bell,  Videotron, and it still  does not relate to the internet actual service or actual speed now as well.  The false, misleading advertised internet service and speeds  are still never attained in fact firstly. Canada  lags in broadband innovation because the Corporate shareholders  are greedy for profits.  While the wire line, wireless and satellite broadband is available to  most of the country and most subscribers have a choice of only a few providers the prices are clearly rigged, fixed, colluded for they are all nearly the same high prices with the same extras too. They all sleep in the same bed, pig stall, and all try to gouge the customer for all  they can   Only 70 per cent of households are signed up for broadband. and 30 per cent of Canadian households not on the Internet? Price Affordability…
 AS TO WHAT BELL DOES NOT TELL YOU WHEN IT LIES WHEN THEY TRY TO SELL YOU THEIR SERVICES.  “Canada has some of the poorest-quality broadband among advanced countries, according to a study of global internet infrastructure. Canada placed 25th out of 34 countries in the University of Oxford’s ranking of innovation economies, far behind top-rated South Korea and just ahead of Australia and the United States. This is because the Companies (Bell & Rogers) are far more interested in profit than service to their CUSTOMERS.  No kidding and the CRTC hasn’t been any help whatsoever so what are they there for when they have impeded the country in becoming wired.” This is what happens when something as vital as communication is left to the private sector with it interest in high profits rather than service. A Canada wide hi speed broad band network should be considered in our national interest!  Both the Liberals and Conservatives have dropped the ball on this one 

Canadian broadband  : ISP-funded report. I can not  believe the report from the people who cannot straighten out my cable bill after over a *year* of repeated phone calls and escalations and also the people who think it’s OK to charge for incoming text messages, think that system access fees are fair and that 100GB internet usage per month is terribly  excessive. This is quite a pathetic attempt to counter the non-biased  study done by Oxford. Who do they think is going to fall for this one? “About 30 per cent of households still have not chosen to take up  broadband, a phenomenon that the report says cannot be fully explained as of yet.” They can explain it, they just don’t want to say that prices are too high for the crap service they give. If these internet providers  had “world-class broadband” there would be no need for their ridiculous  traffic shaping practices. So which is it?  ‘ll bet the CRTC is backing this study too. We pay more than most other countries for service that  doesn’t begin to reach the same speeds. Yea, Rogers started offering 100  MBPS, but actual line tests really provide only 40 MBPS, and the cost is  nearly $150/month. Same service in the US is almost half that price. We need some regulation in the market to stop the 2 ISP’s in Canada from continuing to rip us off. In other news…  Major IPS  firms say Canada  is doing very well in broadband availability,  AND Tobacco companies say  smoking is good for you! THEY BOTH ARE KNOWN TO BE LIARS

First check your actual ISP speed  check for the blatant theft-corruption on a daily basis and complain to your ISP
Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Shaw, Telus all only care about one thing.. maximum profits.. motivated by maximum greed.. finding an excuse to charge the customer for more.. and that they have done with their regulating, capping… and no one cares about what the consumer thinks, the Conservatives, Liberals, the CRTC included.  Do send a copy to
The truth the news media does not publish. A few years ago, Canada was ahead in the internet field. Then Bell and the CRTC sat back and let the world pass us by, while the Conservatives lacked the will, vision to notice, admit  this was even a problem. Harper’s Conservatives, DO NOTHING! 
Canadians are also now still paying some of the most expensive internet prices in the world. We should be in the Guinness book of records for internet fees. Many  say let American companies provide full, unlimited internet services in Canada for under $25.00 a month, provide real competition in this country. We pay way to much for all telecommunications here compared to Europe or almost anywhere. Many see very little difference between the government, CRTC, Bell, Rogers, Telus and organized crime still! “these flipping companies are the same ones who also monopolize telephone, mobile, and television services, and they make BILLIONS a year on them.  It’s clear Bell and Telus have friends in the government and CRTC.” Bell I hope all of people now can see how poorly in reality you care about your customers, consumers.   There are only 3 general options available from them all  to customers , and they’ve all made their plans/deals nearly the same. Yes the same services, same price. That is called price rigging, restricted and unfair  business practices, price gouging.   Collusion and bribery are only a crimes in other countries; but in Canada, it seems it is considered good business practice in Canada by our law and order federal Conservative government now too. Who is being fooled by all of this now too? Not many Canadians. ”If it wasn’t for the fact I have no choice (either deal with them or be without the services I need) I would have jumped ship quite some time ago. Somebody needs to dismantle these huge corporations who’s monopolies span over SEVERAL INDUSTRIES in order for this to stop. Bell owns TV, Satellite, Mobile, AND internet. And so does Telus in the west.” Do get real competition in Canada now here too. “Get rid of the pimp CRTC who are there only to protect the large telecoms/cable companies not the people.”
Many many people who use computers heavily now are upset, not the politicians though and why is that? Many people are upset that there email has slowed down, their downloads have also slowed down, but not most of the politicians now and why is that still too? They mostly still don’t use the computer, all they care about wrongfully is their money, their income it seems. They the politicians tell you they care about you only at election time and in reality really act like they do not give a dam about you the rest of the time. That is why this post is so popular  cause it tells the whole truth to all. All the federal government does is fight amongst themselves about meaningless smear campaigns while the REAL issues of this country, the citizens and their concerns  are ignored.

We need “legitimate” regulations.  It is pathetic that  the likes of Bell, Rogers & Telus only want de-regulation as long as the rules are only in their favour and not rather  the citizens, consumers favour.     

Australia to split up phone giant Telstra but here in Canada we prop up monopolies. This should have been done with Bell, Roger’s and Telus years ago.  Australians are ripped off blind, left right and centre by “Telstra” and it comes from a monopoly who uses police like powers to charge exorbitant rates. Australians are charged outrageous amounts for internet and mobile phone.   – the government of Australia exists to benefit the people of Australia, not shareholders of some monopoly. Yes, ending monopolies hurts rich people who benefit from them, so what? That’s not a compelling argument against breaking up the monopoly.,,, imagine if the government legislated Bell, Rogers and Telus into separately owned phone, cell phone, Internet and cable operations?
MTS Allstream is petitioning the CRTC to scrap an order that will allow Bell Canada to bill internet customers based on how much they download each month. Rogers already does this. I was charged extra for downloading too much on my “Unlimited” account.
MTS, small ISP take internet fight with Bell to court – MTS Allstream and independent broadband provider Acanac are asking a court to overturn a CRTC decision that grants Bell Canada the right to impose new internet charges on wholesale customers. MTS Allstream says the CRTC made an error in law by allowing Bell to charge wholesale internet customers by how much bandwidth they use. In their filing, MTS and Acanac say the CRTC is bound by the Telecommunications Act to ensure that rates for services it regulates are just and reasonable at all times. But since Bell doesn’t have to pay itself those rates, the filing says, they are in fact unfair.  MTS and Acanac are part of a campaign started last week to overturn another CRTC decision, which limits wholesale competitors’ access to the broadband infrastructure owned by the likes of Bell and Telus. MTS is looking to have that decision, which the CRTC made last December, overturned by cabinet. The Coalition for Competitive Broadband seeks to muster public support for the appeal, which cabinet must act on by Dec. 11. The government can overturn the CRTC’s decision, and send it back to the regulator for a review, or reject the appeal… The CRTC is beyond corrupt and the Harper government is in the back pocket of the Telcos. Bring on the election so we can take back Canada for the people instead of corporate industry. Harper’s government with the corrupt Tony Clement as Industry Minister is destroying Canada for Canadians. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!Make this an Election Issue ! sign the petition
Many many people who use computers heavily now are upset, not the government though and why is that? Citizens are naturally here to be abused? Canadians are also now still paying some of the most expensive internet prices in the world. It is unbelievable how the CRTC tries to increase a monopolistic corporate  service, rather with a no win solution..
The government of Australia works to split up phone giant Telstra but here in Canada we prop up monopolies. A split up in Canada  should have been done with Bell, Roger’s and Telus years ago.  yes the government  exists to benefit the people and  not shareholders of some monopoly. Yes, ending the monopolies hurts solely the rich people who benefit from them, so what? That’s not a compelling argument against breaking up the monopoly.  Imagine if the government now had rightfully legislated Bell, Rogers and Telus into separately owned phone, cell phone, Internet and cable operations? 
That  is the negative realty of these relationships as well MTS Allstream and independent broadband provider Acanac cannot provide real positive services to the consumer in the first place, cause they are at the mercy of Bell or Telus. Any customer of ACANAC has to still deal with Bell and Bell can still lie again, by saying  the whole problem is in Acanac’s supplied  modem, when it is not for sure.. Bell now  itself had previously changed my modem 8 times and I still had bad download capacity , and so Bell also  refuses falsely  to deal with the problem, and basically all ACANAC can do now mainly is still nothing? Just like big bad Bell mostly did as well..
Any buck passing, false diversionary proposed solutions by anyone in reality have clearly nothing to do with the clearly evident, stated problem of Bell’s oresent traffic shaping and Traffic capping..   
My related years of experience tells me that again too.. posting my complaint in full next on the net for all to read seems to work better  next.. some how this always gets them all motivated to actually deal with it.. funny!   A bad usless Conservative MP now is no use to us anymore than a bad usless  Liberal MP too..

CRTC not enforcing internet ruling A CRTC order issued nine months ago that requires phone companies to give wholesale customers access to faster internet speeds is in limbo as the regulator is still puzzling out whether or not it should be enforced.  The order, issued on Dec. 11, 2008 in response to a complaint from Cybersurf, a small internet provider based in Calgary, required big phone firms such as Bell and Telus to make all the internet speeds they offer to retail customers available to wholesale companies as well, if requested.  Those wholesale companies, which are typically smaller internet providers such as Cybersurf, Teksavvy and Acanac, rent parts of the phone firms’ networks to provide their own customers with service.  The CRTC gave the phone firms 45 days from the issuing of that order to file the fees they intended to charge wholesale companies for the faster speeds. The prices were to reflect the actual cost of the service, plus a reasonable markup.  The CRTC has received at least two separate requests to obtain a court order to enforce its decision and is effectively giving Bell and Telus a free pass, he added. The regulator, however, doesn’t want to take the matter to the courts until it rules on requests from Bell and Telus for a stay on the order. “We’d rather deal with the stay before going into enforcement,” Carmel said.  Chris Peirce, head of regulatory affairs for MTS, said the CRTC is showing a pattern of giving in to “bullying” from the likes of Bell and Telus.   This is simply one more proof that CRTC is a complete failure.   Telco’s that won’t supply equal speeds for resellers should be sued. There’s no need for a CRTC ruling.  The CRTC seems woefully technically incapable of understanding the very industry they are regulating. This leaves them open to the usual snowjob by big telco. One more reason that some radical but necessary change is required at this commission. Solution is simple. Write the rules of the game (price with corresponding service value) and enforce them by reasonable date: January 01, March 31 or June 30, 2010.  Claim by Bell and Telus that destruction of small ISP’s is required in order to compete with Cable companies may be true if not for a fact that Cable companies also must provide access to their networks to small ISP’s.  Destroying small ISP’s will only slow the development of new technologies and would surely lead to increase of prices to the end user.  Australia just forced Telstra (their equivalent of Bell) to break up its wholesale and retail operations to stop exactly this kind of bullsh*t. We should do the same. Oh, and Rogers too. CRTC’s role as a regulator looking out for the public’s interest, but that support is now fading fast.  Right now, you are giving Bell the opportunity to use predatory tactics to protect its de facto monopoly, you seem to have no respect for the standard of net neutrality (with your support of throttling practices), and you are allowing mobile phone companies to charge the highest rates in the world. What is the CRTC doing to help the Canadian Public? Nothing!  Why make rules if they are not enforced?  Disband the CRTC now. It does absolutely nothing in the way of helping consumers. 



The Conservative Government and the CRTC has obviously lost touch with the people they’re supposed to represent and the people they’re supposed to regulate. They are clearly in Bell’s pocket and likely just as much in Rogers’ pocket. They not only need to be knocked down a peg, but removed entirely from the equation.  Do these Bell crooks expect us to forget that the TAXPAYER paid for this infrastructure ages ago, only to have the big business flunkies in gov’t sell it to private interest for a song? Do they also think we are so stupid not to know that most of problems we’re having now stem from spending money on shareholder profits INSTEAD of upgrading said infrastructure?  Upcoming election who and what now? Which one of the candidates is making a stand on this?
Canada is one of the most expensive place on the planet for cell phone and internet access. this must change. The solution:  1. Regulate internet access price  2. Nationalize ALL telcom infrastructure (phone line and cable)  3. Resell access to ISP, everyone gets a competetive  price 

Five Questions to Ask Your ISP
1.) What is the contention ratio in my neighborhood?

 2.) Does your ISP’s exchange point with other providers get saturated?

 3.) Does your provider give preferential treatment to speed test sites?

 4.) Are file-sharing queries confined to your provider network?

 5.) Does your provider perform any usage-based throttling?

March 5, 2009

Most Old media, Management Twits failed to adjust to the new reality

CTV bought by Bell because CTV has been losing value, populairty too.. other media firms are also being bought out..
Managers of the news media still tend to put profitability over providing  real service to it’s readers, customers and then wonder why they are going out of business so fast. A number of Canadian media organizations have announced layoffs and the United States has seen newspapers close altogether as well as layoffs.
“The Canadian media industry is at best in a state of flux, while others would argue in a state of turmoil. With the advent of the internet, media is changing and going through a “correction period”. Media outlets have to change with the economic times and the new technologies. Like any industry, it’s unfortunate so many people are losing their jobs. There are major job cuts all over. CanWest (which owns the Regina Leader Post, Calgary Herald and Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Global television stations) is on the brink of bankruptcy; CHUM Radio and TransContinental have had major job cuts; TorStar (Toronto Star) posted a $211.2 million fourth quarter loss; CTV has cut jobs and is closing some television stations.  With all of that happening, the fat cats at CBC are begging for more funding from the Conservative government. Apparently a billion dollars doesn’t cut it … to help pay for expensive trips for executives etc. Just read up on vice-president for French Services Sylvain LaFrance who apparently racked  up $80,000 in entertainment, meal and miscellaneous expenses. Sure, maybe big private company executives do this, but those companies aren’t funded by taxpayers.”
Now  firstly like you I am sorry anytime a person  anywhere loses his or her job, except for : the crooks, realtors, used and new car salesmen, computer dealers, bad cops, bad civil and public servants, bad lawyers, bad accountants, bad doctors, bad nurses, bad pastors, politicians and their aides, and seriously any job loss  it is a great tragedy for many too, one  that is not to be underestimated, a job or career changes are debasing to one’s health, as well as one’s family and one’s finances too..
Secondly I happen to know a little bit about the news media, the telecommunication industries, etc.,  even by the sad true fact that some of them they really in the past did not care really about consumer welfare or  interests but mainly  their own agendas.. people who do not learn fail the grade in real life..  and because now they were solely self centered, self interested,  so  me too now I have thus been no fan of the RCMP, CRTC, Bell, Sympatico, Rogers, CTV, National Post,  Global, Regina Leader Post, Calgary Herald  Saskatoon Star Phoenix , TorStar (Toronto Star), the Suns, even basically  cause firstly they did not appreciate my own personal email alerts and some had wrongfully told me so…  Well I am still writing and they on the other hand  many of them now are really  going to the desert where they can have more time and  mediate on their own past  mistakes.. even conceit, and concede inflexibility, a  lack of foresight, lack of people skills..
Thirdly it was predicable the impact that the computer net would have on the the newspapers, and decades, decades ago I told the Calgary Herald in writing to plan ahead for it.. I did..  How come Google though was smart enough to see the trend and to make loads of money from it and the others were inflexible , doing their own, the same old thing and so they  lost out?

I also had a decade ago cancelled my newspaper subscriptions, especially the Gazette, which had old news copied from other news sources mostly too, and I had also now stopped my watching boring TV News stations and programs,  as per Microsoft’s  Mr. Bill Gates own advice , and instead I solely use,  used my computer for all of my multi media needs..
For my choice I still do like the Globe & Mail, the improved CBC news, ,  Canadian Press, Google news , CNW group and some others….
The new age- The Internet and the word “free” are so entwined when it comes to getting news and information online from mainstream media outlets that consumers aren’t going to want to give it up, Anyone born in the 1980s the computer age now  doesn’t expect to pay for news. Advertisers have to pay for it.
Amazon Inc. has recently unveiled its newest version of the Kindle e-reader, a device that allows users to digitally view and read books, newspapers, magazines, and documents. Although print versions of books and newspapers are still profitable, many experts predict their decline in favor of digital documents.  The new device offers easy access to digital versions of various texts – books, newspapers, and even regular PDF documents. According to Amazon, the company has signed deals with three leading textbook publishers to put their content on the electronic reader. Reportedly, Amazon has struck deals with the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe to feature their editorials on the device. 
On with the news…
New Democrats Move to Extend EI To Those Who Need It  includes news media, entertainment personnel.. Bell next too..
MP Stockwell Day alleges protectionism. Says U.S. businesses use security as way of controlling market. Some American businesses are using security concerns as an excuse to try to keep Canadian goods out of the U.S. market, says Canada’s trade minister. So what real good is he now doing about it besides talking about it? Ever notice how many news media still do even lie and say their still often pretentious, usless MP is the best? I look at the results… not the mere words.
WASHINGTON — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Canada needs further assurances from General Motors Corp. and other struggling automakers that the industry remains viable over the long term, and that any federal bailout will not be a “waste of taxpayers’ money.” The federal government announced in December it was prepared to offer $4 billion in aid to the automakers, including $3 billion for GM Canada and $1 billion for Chrysler Canada. General Motors, in a proposal submitted last month to Ottawa, is seeking $6 billion in Canadian aid as part of a restructuring plan that also proposes sharp cuts to employee pay and benefits for retirees. Still the General Motors Corp.’s auditors have raised “substantial doubt” about the troubled automaker’s ability to continue operations, and the company said it may have to seek bankruptcy protection if it can’t execute a huge restructuring plan. The GM auditor’s report “leads us to the same conclusion that we had before, namely that we have to review their plans very closely and make sure they make sense” for Canadian taxpayers. I shed no tears for the bad executives, managers of GM. My new Buick had a busted transmission straight from the factory even, next the replacement Buick had brake problems,  and was the last GM car I bought too.. so they GM  are reaping what they sowed  too..
Canada- The useless RCMP pretentious, inadequate watchdog says he lacks the powers to check whether the Mounties have made changes to prevent another Maher Arar affair. Paul Kennedy, chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, told a Commons committee today he can provide no assurances the government has enacted the Arar inquiry’s recommendations or also the Taser recommendations or whatever? Fire him too ASAP along with all of the RCMP. Undeniable images of Dziekanski’s horrible death, and the undeniable reality of  the glaring contradictions between the officers’ statements and what really happened. Many people are in jail because the Queen’s courts had relied on what they believed to be accurate accounts of events by trained RCMP officers, supported by their notes made at the time. The Dziekanski inquiry is rightfully raising troubling questions about the reliability of that RCMP evidence presented . The contradictions and inaccuracies in the evidence of the three officers who have testified suggest undeniably the RCMP officers  were incompetent or more likely dishonest. Their accounts were showed before all to be wildly inaccurate and self-serving. Under a video evidence, and  the lawyer’s cross  examinations, the RCMP officers changed their initial written down accounts of the Vancouver  airport Taser death details, clearly showing that these RCMP  officers now should be personally as well pursued for lying to the courts, obstruction of Justice. Their RCMP superiors as well who had initially wanted to hold the same video for 2 years and not give it back to the owner. 
The federal and provincial governments are reviewing bailing out the automotive manufacturing industry in the midst of a recession. They obviously better think twice about it too. Now that more Canadian and US cities have Metros, electric railway cars, many people have now  put their old cars away for good. Many people have stopped buying new cars, meaning also many people have stopped leasing a car, car leasing sales have dropped by 2/3. Employees Salaries alone are not the reasons all cars are expensive, for the salaries make up 7 percent of car costs. The costs of oil and gas, car maintenance, tires, parking, storage, and car insurance contribute to the expensive  ownership costs of cars as well.
CBC: A Health Canada study of canned pop has found the vast majority of the drinks contain the chemical bisphenol A, a substance that imitates the female hormone estrogen and is banned in baby bottles. Out of 72 drinks tested, 69 were found to contain BPA at levels below what Health Canada says is the safe upper limit. However, studies in peer-reviewed science journals have indicated that even at very low doses, BPA can increase breast and ovarian cancer cell growth and the growth of some prostate cancer cells in animals. 
The Most Dangerous Cities in Canada according to MacLean’s clearly seem to be in the WEST, which also has the highest divorce rates,  and they all next get likely worse because of the present recession and drugs? Predictable even these are the get rich quick, boom and bust  places where many persons now who had left their PARENTS  back EAST.
Unhappily married women are more likely than unhappily married men to suffer high blood pressure, obesity and high blood sugar, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, say U.S. researchers. While both genders are just as likely to feel depressed in strained marriages, the similarity appears to end there. And yet next  many women foolishly still do  think a quick divorce will bring them next  riches and happiness next, and significantly more women file for a divorce over men, but it almost all of the cases  does not go the way they had expected it to go and  in many ways.. they next rather cannot overcome Carma, the fact that they are  reaping  what they themselves had sowed, for  they had initially made a bad choice of a mate firstly,  or were too lazy, and/or had an unrealistic expectation of what marriage was, is. Marriage  it is not just living together, sex.. but a lot of hard work for both now too. Blaming others mainly over personal accountability is the typical crook’s way. Do see this top post
” The whole aspect is treating each other with love and respect and letting the other person know they are loved and respected. Life is to short for lack of consideration for others and the joy caring can bring”
I am working too hard, I have no time to be depressed… I also  try to make the best use of what I have
RED NECKED CONSERVATIVES also  LIE  claiming all of the Canadian news media are lefties. ” The Sun chain of papers isn’t left wing. Baton Broadcasting which is CTV is owned by the Bassets who are bag men for the Tories. Canwest Global’s Leonard Asper introduces Harper during campaign rallies. The Globe and Mail may not be far right but they are a business paper. Talk radio (CFRB for example) in this country is all hard line right wing. Regional media in the is very right wing. The Toronto Star just hired the former editor of the Chicago Sun Times, the most right wing, big city newspaper in the USA. So we’re left with the CBC and Tom Long is changing it to the right. So much for the old claim of a left wing media in this country”. To me an immoral right winger is no different from an immoral leftie as well..
The Canadian Press –  “The newspapers also faced higher pension costs and newsprint pricing in the quarter which accentuated the reduction in profitability.

News Corp announces 97% drop in newspaper profits Press Gazette


Hold the front page: newspapers have a future

Independent –  Yet newspaper executives were not so downbeat this week, and key to their faith in returning the industry to profit is technology.

Why Google won’t put money into newspapers –  He very matter-of-factly describes the old joke that some newspapers have actually been not-for-profit for years. “The reality is that news gathering and

Profits down 47% as Daily Mail owner goes into the red – At Associated Newspapers, the company’s national newspaper arm, operating profit fell 59% year on year to £18m, with revenue down 10% to £455m.

Journalism’s many crises

Australia.TO –  The second is the decline in advertising revenue, which, combined with the first, has badly damaged the profitability of newspapers.

Internet and demand for ‘free’ content posing challenge to

The Canadian Press –  Instead, newspapers will have to keep adapting to the online world and mobile phones to reach potential readers to survive, said Theo Blanco of Sweden’s UNT

Torstar posts $21.4 million net loss in first quarter after

CTV Television Inc., Canwest Global Communications and the publicly funded CBC have all blamed the economic downturn, increasing competition and inroads by the Internet for cuts to staff and local programming.  Recent months have seen CTV slash the local news arms of “Canada AM,” gut staff at its A Channel stations and cancel local morning shows in Victoria, London, Ont., Barrie, Ont., and Montreal. Canwest has been grappling with a $4 billion debt and is trying to sell five E! network television stations, while the publicly funded CBC has said a $171-million shortfall is forcing it to eliminate up to 800 jobs.
No one asked me anything about it.. I have not watched these crappy TV stations for a year now, and there is only 2 Canadian TV programs that  I have watched and one was  was “The Listener” and the other was was “The Border”..


A key part of the Canwest Global Communications Corp. media empire has been granted court protection from creditors. Canwest,  a CONTROL FREAK too, controls The National Post newspaper and Global Television AND many of the largest daily papers in Canadian cities, including the Edmonton, Windsor, Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province, the Victoria Times-Colonist and the Calgary Herald. Ironically these are some of the most unfriendly newspapers that I also have dealt with now .. SO I AM NOT SURPRISED THEY ARE HAVING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

February 1, 2009

Canadian Women’s rights

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Men and women are equal before the law. Women have the right to be paid the same as men when they do work of equal value. And when they aren’t paid the same, women have the right to use the courts to get pay equity.   Harper says the present system of using the courts for pay equity is “long and costly” and is based on “complaints” and “confrontation” and he wants to “modernize” it by wiping out the right of women to use the courts to get pay equity.   If Harper gets his way, pay equity will be settled at the bargaining table, not in the courts.  But what about women who don’t have a union?  Too bad! That happens to be a majority of the 41% of Canadian women who work outside the home.
and here is what also really grabs me too..
Now I know already that many evangelicals have a perverted view of the Bible’s women’s rights but I would expected better form from the so called liberals in this matter at least, but it seems that for political expediency the Liberals falsely will let Stephen Harper and the Conservatives  get away with it here too, the pathetic, sad Liberals they will let it wrongfully all happen still too now, as they all even have with so many other bad things now too, such as shortcomings in the health care system,  inadequate consumer protection included, police inadequacies, etc… and the cost of living for a woman is the same as for a man in reality too…
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says equal pay for work of equal value is a basic human right that should never be put up for grabs at the collective bargaining table.  To that end, he has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at reversing a controversial measure in the 2009 federal budget.  The budget essentially reclassified pay equity as a labour issue to be negotiated in collective agreements, stripping the Canadian Human Rights Commission of its authority to adjudicate pay equity complaints.  Ignatieff’s proposal – his first private member’s bill since becoming an MP in 2006 – would return pay equity to the human rights realm.  It would also create a federal pay-equity commission charged with implementing an equal-pay regime in the federal public service, federally regulated companies and Crown corporations by 2012.  Ignatieff acknowledges his bill would result in some additional, unspecified costs for the government but he thinks the principle is “definitely worth it.”  Ignatieff says pay equity is really about gender equality, noting that women, on average, still earn only 72 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work.  He says he chose the issue for his first bill because it’s emblematic of the Liberal party’s core belief in equal opportunity for all.
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November 18, 2008

Deceptive, unacceptable, unfair Business trade practices ,unreliable Internet access



The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T’s practice of slowing down the connection speeds of unlimited-data customers who tap excessive amounts of data is a failure to deliver on the promise of “unlimited.” As a result, the FTC on Tuesday filed a federal court complaint against AT&T, charging the wireless provider with misleading customers who signed up for an unlimited-data plan only to see their connection slowed in an industry process called “throttling. “AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise,” . “The issue here is simple: ‘unlimited’ means unlimited.”

More bad news for BCE.. The past False, misleading advertisements, bad management, Download cappings, have all lead to this. Shares of BCE tumbled $13.10, or 34 per cent, to $25.25, trimming 102 points from the S&P/TSX composite index, after accounting firm KPMG said it couldn’t certify the solvency of the company before the Dec. 11 deadline for the deal to close. A group of private equity investors led by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan agreed to pay $42.50 a share for BCE in the biggest leveraged buyout of all time. But the subsequent stock market crash, four quarters of declining profits, and a ballooning pension fund deficit have pushed the value of the company so low, it might not be able to service the mountain of debt that would replace shareholder equity after the buyout.
BCE says Teachers’ buyout ‘unlikely to proceed’ if solvency opinion not improved Wed Nov 26, 5:48 PM MONTREAL – Bell Canada’s roller coaster ride to privatization may finally crash under the weight of its prospective massive debt after an accounting firm raised serious doubt that the world’s largest leveraged corporate buyout could succeed. I am always amazed how they had wrongfully thought they could continue to abuse their own customers and next get away with it still too.. they had wrongfully failed to use profits to upgrade their old, obsolete phone lines, equipment too.. as a result lost many customers to the cable ISP too. They now really do not deserve any Business bail out by the taxpayers or the government.
A recent report by KPMG, acting as valuation firm, found that the amount of debt involved in the privatization of BCE (BCE), the parent of Bell Canada, would essentially render the company insolvent. As a result, the parties have called off the deal.

Dec 11, 2008 BCE’s shares have fallen by almost half since Teachers’ made its C$42.75-a-share bid. BCE dropped 59 cents, or 2.6 percent, to C$22.43 at 12:50 p.m. in Toronto.The stock fell 34 percent on Nov. 26 on concern that KPMG was unlikely to bless the deal because of the C$34 billion in bonds and loans needed to finance the purchase. The company hired PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in an unsuccessful effort to persuade KPMG to change its opinion.  .  BCE lost 72,000 home-phone lines last quarter as customers switched to wireless lines or to cable companies such as Rogers. BCE’s wireless unit, which makes up a quarter of sales, grew at less than half the rate of Rogers’s mobile unit. BCE must also realistically decide whether to invest in the much need fiber-optic lines for its home customers and whether it should provide Internet- based TV service to compete with the cable firms too


BCE takes low road as deal fails For all BCE’s protests, the world’s largest leverage buyout just failed because lawyers for the telecom company inserted a requirement in the deal that stated BCE needed to get a favourable solvency opinion. When KPMG, a reputable accounting firm, weighed in with a final opinion that BCE didn’t meet solvency standards, the deal died. OnceBCE agreed to a buyout, they muffed the job of closing the deal.

“A lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T on November 4, 2008 charging misrepresentation of the 3G speed of the iPhone on AT&T’s network, has also been amended with an additional charge. The new charge claims the iPhone develops hairline cracks in the housing. Filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Avi Koschitzki claims in the amended charge that hairline cracks in the casing of the iPhone constitute unfair practices under the New York Deceptive Practices Act. Koschitzki said the cracks appear around the camera and near the volume button on the side of the iPhone.
Now we all can know that driving a sports car on an empty road produces a different speed from that when driving on the same road during peak traffic hours.
Now this Mis-advertisement of the actual speeds attained  also reflects the common  problem we tend to  have also in Canada with the false, misleading advertising, trade practices by Bell, Rogers, Videotron in regard to the speeds of their iphone and DSL, ADSL, cable internet services. These Communication, ISP firms amongst others are known to inflate, advertise substantially higher speeds than the consumer will actual get next get on the average, and the  next related internet congestion cause web connectivity problems, and also reductions of the downloads speeds too..
Now what about having now the much need real consumer protections for the citizens of Canada here as well from the greedy, lying, no good corporations?

“The initial lawsuit claims that Apple and AT&T misrepresented the speed of the iPhone on AT&T’s 3G network. The suit claims insufficient infrastructure of the network and the fact that so many phones have been sold that it can’t handle the volume of phones trying to use it. “Due to the overloaded 3G network, it is quite common for iPhone users to only be on the 3G network for a few minutes before being bumped to the slower EDGE network despite being in geographical areas allegedly rich with 3G network coverage,” reads the lawsuit.


The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial where they are asking for statutory, compensatory and punitive damages.”


72 percent of businesses say they would change ISP if their Internet connection became unreliable. The independent research carried out by Shape the Future Limited on behalf of Zen Internet, the award winning ISP, surveyed over a 1,000 Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) between September and October.

An important decisive factor for SMEs is the level of support provided by ISPs: 85 percent stated that the level of support was the most important criteria when choosing an ISP while the highest number of respondents, 80 per cent, considers UK based support to be very important. Some ISP providers have been criticised for taking telephone support overseas and cutting staffing costs.


Just over half of those asked, 55 per cent were happy with their current supplier and were unlikely to change, 45 percent are unhappy. and 68 per cent had not changed ISP in the last year but   13 per cent are considering changing ISP at present.


When they do, it’s mainly when there are issues with reliability, quality of service, cost or for higher speeds. It was found that 72 per cent of SMEs said they would change provider because of unreliable connection, but note only 40 per cent would change to save money.


98 per cent of SMEs consider reliable Internet access to be critical to the needs of their business. 71 per cent of SMEs thought it was important that their ISP was business orientated, as 80 per cent use the Web to locate suppliers and 76 per cent use it for purchasing activities.
Read my many other posts about Bell here now too..

The federal, provincial governments, the CRTC, Conservatives, Liberals  unfairly maintaining  archaic, monopolistic telecommunication firms, that are often   bloated, cost ineffective, incompetent, over staffed, un-competitively managed as well is the main reasons consumer costs falsely keep on going up now.Bell has always had it’s spin doctors spin, lying..


“But still “It’s getting hard to figure out the upside on the BCE  story   It’s very difficult to say what’s priced into the stock, but make sure you know the risks before you pile into BCE. There may be some hidden ones. And there might be some positive surprises too.  Before the announcement of this deal, the shares traded between $26 and $28. The stock is trading at about $25 now.  The cable companies are doing better…  Then there’s the competitive landscape. It’s ferocious out there, with well-funded cable, VoIP and new wireless entrants moving in with their elbows high.  There are three sources of potentially good news. The first is that BCE upgrades its land line network and makes inroads into television. That’s hard to bank on and, even if you do, it’s tough to figure out the upside. The second is the network-sharing agreement with Telus, which should yield strong returns. And finally, there’s “Belus.” Most of us find it hard to believe that the Competition Bureau would let a merger with Telus happen, or that it would let the merged entity cherry pick its divestitures…   If none of these scenarios moves you, though, you’re probably better investing in the cable companies. As illustrated in this space not long ago, they are walloping the telcos because they generally have better technology. Where broadband goes, in the words of research firm Sandford Bernstein, so voice and video follow. In Canada, Rogers has mobile and Shaw is poised to move in. They’re more expensive, true, but in the long term, they seem to have more promise.”


Vigilance, continual Vigilance is need in all areas of life it seems cause otherwise our rights are abused, overlooked, falsely censored even. Such as the ISP, Internet service providers  obligations to their customers, contractual agreements, On top of that there is no question that many major Internet corporations profit have also  been built on the back of free labor, the free contributors. Which they tend to no longer appreciated and restrict falsely access to many of these sites now instead. Ever discover that while the main search engines will readily give you a list of sites, that you may next have difficulties accessing many of these sites next ands why is that? The access and the speed aren’t too bad but still only during  certain, limited  portions of day  or night.  Such internet  traffic management is really really unacceptable.
 For if they were to invest in newer, better infrastructure to raise capacity, they would even get more customers. It’s much, much cheaper to throttle torrent traffic or do nothing than it is to expand the overused, obsolete infrastructure.  If even Microsoft, corporations, companies & governments are distributing more and more  content through the internet then all of the ISPs have to keep up to date and increase their capacity in response. Other countries are embracing this, and have brighter economic futures & control, profitability, consumer satisfactions  as well.
Time for just more of our complaining, talking  over and over again is done, rather real actions is required now even by the governments to protect the consumers.

I too have discovered often that while I personally do also have many blogs, internet sites, next my own accessibility to these sites is it seems unnecessary  restricted, difficult, and one of the main valid explanations as many of us already do know is the false periodic unacceptable capping, throttling, access restrictions,   by the ISP, internet Service Suppliers themselves. I too now do  have no sympathy for almost any of  ISPs. They firstly do still to often lie lie to get customers and next when they get them they cannot honor, keep their original promises, promised speeds and capacities  It’s one thing to gouge us all with continual increase rates but not to keep also same promised original service. No, no, no. ISPs are not only raising their rates but still also decreasing their services and the quality of it as well..


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October 17, 2008

It is about time too CRTC initiates proceedings into its regulation of the Internet

CRTC initiates proceedings into its regulation of the Internet
Digital Home – 1 hour ago
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week said it has launched a proceeding in hopes of gaining a better understanding of broadcasting in a world increasingly being dominated by the internet.
CRTC to Consider Regulation of Internet Broadcasting
CRTC to review new media broadcasting in February –
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The result of these hearings could result in in the overturning of a 1999 decision that exempted from regulation broadcasters that distribute their video content over the Internet. The hearings will also examine a 2007 decision that took a hands off approach to broadcasters and wireless companies who were sending video through cellphones and other mobile devices.

Now what about firstly regulating the really bad Bell Sympatico?


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September 13, 2008

I have covered a lot of topics..


I have covered a lot of topics, but here  what you the readers have now  searched for the most on my sites..

Top Searches

Bell BCE-SYMPATICO, Stephen Harper,  Christian and Missionary Alliance,  Sarah Palin, Full Gospel Church, Assemblies of God,  “Toronto Airport Christian fellowship” and Kambulow,  Steve Winter  ,  Pentecostal,  healing spiritually after divorce with verbally abusive ex-husband catholic,  Focus on the Family ,  Liberals are ungodly,  Who is a committed Christian?,  Revival Florida history

Telling lies, half truths is too  too difficult, for you have to remember the lies you had said, and the truth as well, and most people cannot do that , thus they rather do as a result go crazy.. So Me I do not write to please men or women, to be politically correct, and I prefer the to deal with, write the simple truths, I also do readily share the good things I have learned freely

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For certainty also because of the demonic opposition the devil will try to discourage you from finding out reading about the Holy spirit, Charismatics, Pentecostals and the Bible. I know I have experienced this myself the last  40 years. So my sites will reflect, show you what I have learned, found out on these subjects for a start. 

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