Stop The Internet Tax

To be honest, I was suspicious when I got an email from OpenMedia requesting Donations to help in the Fight to Stop the Internet Tax. So I did some investigation As I expected on such a hot topic there are definitely two sides to the thing.

In regard to OpenMedia, Hugh Stephens writes the following article found on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Website:

How a supposed grass-roots movement manufactures the impression of huge local groundswells of public opinion against protections for intellectual property. By Hugh Stephens, September 18, 2018

Information on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website describes the Macdonald-Laurier Institute as
Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa.”

So, one self declared “Think Tank” trying to Blackball another Group, OpenMedia. (Interesting).

Especially when the above Article states that,

According to the Office of the Lobbying Commissioner in Ottawa, Open Media is “a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada.”

So, what have we learned, regarding OpenMedia, it’s a “a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada.”

Which seems to line up pretty closely to what OpenMedia says about itself,

“OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the Internet.”

So, it makes me lean toward accepting OpenMedia at face value.

More importantly, is there a reason to stop the Internet Tax in Canada?

Not to take Political Sides here, but Canada’s Federal Official Opposition, The Conservative Party of Canada, is also speaking out about this…

The Liberals would prefer you call it a “levy” on “broadband internet providers.”

But Canadians know what it really is, an internet tax!

Media reports say Liberal MPs on the Liberal dominated Heritage Committee are recommending a new 5% internet tax on streaming services like Netflix and iTunes.

So, now we’ve determined that there is indeed an “Internet Tax” or “Levy” proposed to be placed upon Internet Users in Canada. So, whether you choose to help fund OpenMedia, or Sign the Conservatives Petition I do feel it important that You not only take action, but help inform others! (One Way to Help Inform Others is to Share this Post)

I also find it interesting that the Conservative’s Site also correctly claims
“Canadians already pay some of the highest internet rates in the world

Earlier this month I wrote a Post which asked,

Are You Paying to Much for Internet and Phone Services?

In which we discovered that Many Retail Customers, myself included, believe that the CRTC protects Us… The Consumer.

However, as the CRTC States:
“The CRTC does not intervene in the rates, quality of service issues, or business practices of Internet service providers as they relate to retail customers.”

The CRTC does however control the “Wholesale” or “Resellers”in this manner. That’s why We’ve partnered to bring you some of the best pricing and plans when it comes to Internet and Phone Plans.

To Look At those Rates now

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Not All routers are created Equal

So, you’ve got the best Internet Package, but do You have a Router that can handle it?

I recently saw two Routers that to me looked identical. However, someone pointed out that one was a 75 or 100 MBps, and the other was a 75 MBps Router. To be honest, I ad to ask what the difference was?

For a better understanding,it is first important we understand our Internet Usage. Here, we’ve used 30.3 Gigabytes over the past 10 Days. Three of those days we were away. So, we’ve averaged 3.03 GB a day, or about 4.33 GB on days we’re home. So, if We were home and using our Internet every day, in a month with 31 Days we’d use about 134.23 GB of Internet Usage. So, if we had an Internet Plan with 300GB Monthly Usage it would be about twice what we need! Now, that doesn’t mean that’s all You’d use! I’m online a lot… but I’m not a Gamer, and while we have IPTV we don’t stream a number of movies, nor do we have a number of people using it at once.  One thing Our Internet Provider does for us, that we love, is they provide us with a place to check our Internet Usage as often as we like, and they send us an email notice when we hit the half way, and again when we’ve used 90% of our included Internet Usage. Not many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) do that! We have a 500 GB Internet Usage Plan, so it’s not likely we’ll ever go over our Limit. But it’s nice to know that We can track our daily usage, and will be notified twice before that happens!! Then, if necessary, it’s only $10 more per month to change our plan to Unlimited. But, we really don’t need it! So, that helps us Save $120.00 a Year! Right?

Now, You may be wondering why, if we only use about 134.23 GB a month, why did we choose a 500 GB Plan and not a 300 GB Plan? To be honest, it’s due in part because I figured since I’m online so much I’d be using far more! However, it’s also because it’s only $10 more a month and it gives us twice the Upload Speed.

Now, I heard that! So, a quick explanation of Download and Upload and the Speeds.

Download Speed usage is usually higher because it is what is needed to view websites, spend time reading posts on social Media like Our FaceBook Page, and Streaming Video is what most people use most often. So most Internet Providers provide Internet Plans with Higher Download Speeds. To put it in to perspective the minimum speed for standard definition video streaming is 3 mbps, and for HD quality it’s 5mbps and for ultra HD quality it’s 25mbps. Note that these are the minimum requirements. So, when viewing Netflix, or IPTV, You should have at least 5 or 6 MBps (Megabytes per second) download speed.

Upload Speed determines how quickly you can send information to someone else. Our Digit Phone Service requires 0.45 MBps., which can generally work on most Internet Providers. It can become a little problematic in areas that have too many users on Line of Site, Rural Direct, Towers or with some Satellite Internet Services, in some remote areas.  It works well in DSL areas, and great with Broadband and High Speed Internet Services.

That’s why we chose a 75MBps Internet Package for Our Own Internet Service.
It gives us plenty of Speed, and is actually probably more than we need!
If We discover we need more Speed we can always upgrade to as much as 150MBps.

Bare in mind that Internet Speeds of 25-50 MBps are consider good

Now, the important thing here is, and the real purpose of this Post is to say that the important thing is to have a Router that matches, or is even better than, your Internet Speed. Thing is, if You have an Internet Package that gives you 150 MBps and You have a 100 MBps Router, that’s all your going to get, the 100 MBps. So, that cheap Dept. Store Router may not be Your Best Choice! The Router we use is this one…

 

I hope this has given you a better understanding of what Internet Speed You Need?
There are a lot of Companies out there who will gladly sell you more than you need!
That’s why We love our Internet Provider! They give us the options we need, they only sell us what we want, and they allow us to view our daily usage, and send us notifications when we near our limits. Then if we need more… it’s just $10 more to switch to Unlimited! Plus they provide Us our Digital Home Phone with Unlimited North American Calling for just $14.99 as an Add On, when Bundled! Not many Companies do that! To Check our Internet Service Provider… Click Here to See The Plans!