why usage based billing will hurt online education (and other interesting things)

The [CRTC has supported Usage Based Billing (UBB) for Canadian internet service providers](http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-24.htm). On the surface, paying for what you use sounds entirely rational. But the way UBB is set up is to impose a disincentive for usage, rather than an actual pay-for-use model. My ISP, Shaw Cable, has a "High Speed" internet service. It is now capped at 60GB per month. Every GB above that is billed at $2 each....

January 31, 2011 · 4 min