An anti “Usage-Based Billing” site offers to download, burn and ship information you might not be able to afford under the new law.
As we reported yesterday:
Next month will see ‘Usage-Based Billing’ implemented in Canada, which means the country’s netizens will no longer be able to enjoy unlimited web surfing. The new Metered Internet rule caps monthly usage at 25GB and each gigabyte over and above this will cost CAN $1.90, which will substantially increase Internet bills for those who use the web to share music or stream videos and play online games.
In response to this news, activist sites such as Anti UBB – Stop the meter on Canada Internet Service have sprung up to fight this proposed new system. One humorous gateway created to bring attention to the ridiculousness of Usage-Based Billing is the Downloading service for Canadians, which offers to download, burn and ship information you might not be able to afford under the new law.
This all brings up interesting questions. In our increasingly cloud-based, streaming digital world, how can this type of payment structure work? And how will behaviors change if people have to start working around it?