The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The possibility that high-speed Internet access will finally be priced according to market conditions is welcome news indeed. After the baby steps necessary for implementing the service, the cost of using bandwidth will be borne by those who use it, while at the same time becoming affordable for others. For many years, prices marched in lockstep, no matter who provided high-speed access to the end user. The move by telcos and cablecos may result in the smashing of the oligopoly in Internet costs. The providers are moving their service to a more mature level. Just as LD costs vary with use and ISPs set multiple price structures depending on time used, the telephone companies and cable firms will be offering their product in a manner that makes both business and common sense. The lowering of prices for those who use fewer applications may well spur interest in high-speed among those consumers who have up until now been reluctant to sign on. They may have felt the service was too expensive or that their limited use of the Internet did not warrant the switch from dial-up to high-speed. This opens up a whole new market for DSL and cable modem providers. The new faster speeds for premium service should delight that small, but hardy, band of bandwidth hogs who rely on the Internet for so much of their lives. Rogers Cable estimates that 10 per cent of its high-speed customers use 70 per cent of its capacity; Bell Canada says five per cent of users eat up a "disproportionate amount" of its network. Extra cash from these Internet aficionados should look very good on the bottom line of high-speed providers. Canada is awash in proposals for two tiers. Provinces have aligned themselves as being for or against two-tier Medicare. Students fear new funding plans will result in two-tier education. But two-tier Internet pricing is an idea whose time has come. It’s the sort of thing that brings tiers to your eyes.