Archive for February, 2011

The fight against UBB

Sunday, February 27, 2011
posted by raheema

Canadians, known as the quite and polite ones, have fought hard against the CRTC’s UBB and have won… for now.

UBB.  What is it?  Usage Based Billing.  The CRTC ‘s decision to implement UBB, will allow the industry giants, like Bell and Rogers to enforce UBB to smaller ISP’s. Will this effect us?  Yes.  Will it affect our clients?  Yes.  Will it affect everyone that uses the Internet?  Yes.  How many people can you think of  between the ages of 10 and 60 that do not use the Internet?  I personally can’t think of anyone.  So in my facet of friends, family and community, it will essentially affect everyone.

On a per-byte basis, bandwidth caps would shrink from two hundred gigabytes to twenty-five gigabytes.  What does this mean?  It means that users will end up paying similar charges for data usage on their main Internet connection like they do on their cell phones.  There will be overage fees or packages that you can buy for extra allowances.

The times of unlimited usage may be coming to an end.  When Canadians heard this they hopped on the Internet and fought back via Facebook and Twitter.   We put up a fight and a darn good one at that!

The idea of a free, open Internet becoming a metered, for-profit enterprise of the corporate telecom giants – did not sit well with Canadians and why should it?  The Internet is being used more and more everyday.  My 7 year old daughter doesn’t have a computer lab with only 3 computers at her school like I did when I was young, in her class, twice a week they have laptops given to each child in her class.  She has to “chatt” with other classmates and her teacher as part of her homework.  Education is dependant on the Internet, businesses are dependant on it and households depend on it.  The only reason why UBB will work for the CRTC is to make more money!  The CRTC works rather closely with large dominating ISP’s.  The Industry Leaders have increased their profits by 84%.   Imagine the jump they could make if UBB is approved.

We live in Canada, a great country.  Does it have the best Internet? No.  Fibre lines are becoming the standard in some Third World Countries. In terms of choice, accessibility and pricing we are falling behind in comparison to other countries.

With the changes of UBB people will become more cautious of their usage.  People rely on the Internet for the VOIP phones, music, streaming videos… all these things will be adversely affected. Companies can be severely altered by this.  Netflix, has over 20 million users, not all are in Canada, however, this decision will most definitely have a negative impact for them… think about all the other companies that it will affect, including yours.   In a letter sent to the Netflix shareholders it was said that :  “The ISPs’ costs to deliver a marginal gigabyte, which is about an hour of viewing, from one of our regional interchange points over their last mile wired network to the consumer is less than a penny, and falling,” he said. “So there is no reason that pay-per-gigabyte is economically necessary.”    The funny thing is, it is not like the lite users will be getting a discount.  They will not be charged according to their usage.  They will continue on with their base package and it only goes up from there.

With all the attention from the smaller ISP’s, the public and all the Tweets (at one point this was the most tweeted topic) Harper announced that he will overturn the CRTC decision if need be.  For everyone who fought this, that is a great achievement.  Does it end here?  Of course not!  The CRTC is reviewing their decision and will delay any implementations for 60 days from Feb. 2. 2011.

If you would like to join the fight against the UBB, please circulate and sign the petition available at:

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead

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What have we been up to?

Sunday, February 20, 2011
posted by raheema

Hello There!

Well, 2010 has come and gone and I thought it’s about time to get back on here to let everyone know what we have been up to!

Over the past little while our core and sub teams have both grown.  As for our core team, we would like to welcome Brennan and Jawad to our team.   Our Sub teams have grown quite a bit and to all of them – PurePages welcomes you all!

PurePages has expanded into Nova Scotia, Quebec and will soon be taking on a new area in Regina.

Over the last little while we have added on several new clients  and we have recently welcomed the Westmount Hospitality Group, Pizza Pizza and the Aga Khan Council on to our list of clients.  This is very exciting for us and we look forward to working with them and a building a strong relationship with them.

Due to many client’s requests we have added CCTV installations and Structured cabling to the list of our services.  We have recently finished many sites, the largest being The Towne Place Suites in Sudbury.

In January, we hosted our first Hospitality Gala Reception. The turn our was great, the atmosphere was amazing ( Thanks to Toscana Baquet Hall and the expertise of Domenic Tucci from the Eastons Group.)  With a an evening filled with Freshly prepared meals – by live Chefs, a 3 piece Jazz Band and scrumptious desserts, everyone had a wonderful time.  To all the  of the door prize winners – Congratulations!

We have also started a monthly newsletter.  The newsletter is emailed to all of our clients.  If you do not currently receive one but wish to, please email us or leave us a comment and we will add you to the mailing list.

Our Hotel referral program is working extremely well.  This is something that we launched in the Fall of 2010 and has caught the attention of many Hotel GM’s.  If you haven’t heard about it and want to know how you win a prize of a lifetime (monthly draws are for trips and iPads etc.). Just call our office and speak to Clyde and he will fill you in on how to become next month’s prize winner.

Something that has caught the attention of many is the UBB and the CRTC.  We have been working on this closely and it is something that everyone should be aware of.  It is however, a topic all on it’s own, and I will write about this shortly.

All in all, 2010 was a great year for us and The PurePages team is hoping that 2011 is even better, not only for us, but all of you as well.

Enjoy the long weekend and I will write about the CRTC  and UBB soon so stay tuned!

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