Looks like Ottawa has at least acknowledged how pissed off many Canadians are over this:
"He said the bandwidth caps will discourage people from exploring new alternatives to Bell, Rogers and Shaw's television services.
As an example, he pointed to Netflix, which allows people to stream high-definition movies through the internet to their TVs via devices like the Sony Playstation 3.
"Now they're saying it's not going to be financially worth their while to explore these new media offerings, so they'll end up back in the hands of the ISPs who are also the content providers."
He added that the large ISPs are "wearing way too many hats on this file."
"Netflix, the online movie service which launched its Canadian operations last year, has said that charging as much as $2.50 for each extra gigabyte of data makes no sense when the cost to transport that gigabyte, for telecom companies, is often less than a penny. â€śConsumers shouldnâ€™t be paying extra for it,â€ť Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said. A high-definition movie consumes about 1.5 gigabytes, according to Rogers Communications Inc. "
I'm glad to see that at least some MP's in Ottawa are taking this seriously and can see it for what it is, price gouging on the part of media conglomerates looking to protect their own cable TV interests.