Posts Tagged ‘Open Media’

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Friday, April 8, 2011
posted by raheema

What a busy week – TGIF! (Not that Friday means that much to us – we also work on  Saturdays and Sundays). This weekend PurePages will be in Vaughan working on the Homewood Suites as they are getting ready for their opening day!

Our Director of Sales has a plan to keep the Team very busy over the next few weeks… he has recently signed on over 10 new properties in and out of Ontario!  Congratulations Clyde!

This past week we completed our first property in the USA and over the last two weeks we have started in Alberta, and Saskatchewan as well!

If any of you know us personally, our Director of Technology’s famous saying is “Go big or go home”  so this past week instead of making that ‘splurge’ purchase of a chocolate bar at the gas station he decided to go out and buy a couple of vans!  I haven’t seen them yet, we are waiting for them to be  customized which shouldn’t take too long… so if you see a PurePages van pass by, be sure to honk and say ‘hi’!

For those of you who receive our newsletters, please let us know your thoughts.  If there is anything that has caught your attention and would like to hear more about please let us know.  Also, with this being said, please take a few minutes of your time to read about  Internet Usage.  We have been helping fight this for some time – there has been a lot of progress, but the fight is far from over.   Please read about it and sign the petition at:  http://openmedia.ca/vote    If we don’t do something about it now, we will all in turn pay for it in the future… literally.  Please pass this on to your colleagues, friends and family.

You can also visit our FaceBook or Linked In page and let us know your thoughts there!

Enjoy the warm(er) weather this weekend and take care!

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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:

http://openmedia.ca/meter

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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