Netflix Doubts Future in Canada

Blog, Information Technology, Les Routledge (historic), Uncategorized

“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.”

Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2011/01/27/crtc-petitioned-to-stop-usage-based-billing-as-netflix-questions-its-canadian-future/#ixzz1CGjJ2Yes

After the recent CRTC decision requiring service providers to un-bundle access to their on-demand video programming http://archive.fcpp.org/blog/?p=431, will they now require transparent un-bundling of data transport costs to the end consumer?

In answering the petition referred to in the article, will the CRTC consider the issue of whether on-demand services offered by integrated companies such as Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Quebecor should be subject to a data usage fee at a level comparable to the fee incurred by third party services like Netflix.