Cornwall ON – I’m very very confused as I write this. The battle to fight the ridiculous decision by the CRTC to allow the big internet providers to charge excess and abusive amounts for band widths are on hold for 60 days.
Hurrah! Methinks, or methinks not. Tony Clement? Stephen Harper? Defenders of Free Speech? Freedom to communicate on the net freely and in an unlimited fashion? I’m thinking not.
To me this smells like a fat hustle. “….let’s charge them 100 times the real cost and then look like heroes by only charging them 10 times the amount….”
Finland, yes Finland, has decreed high speed internet a right. It makes sense.
In the 50’s the US broke up the Studio system. The Studios not only owned the studios that produced the movies; they also owned the theatres and the fledgling TV stations. They in essence owned a Monopoly.
Today Bell owns CTV, Rogers owns Rogers, Shaw owns ….Shaw, many of the same people that sell us Internet service own the content we view on one medium or another. In other words they essentially are trying to catch us coming or going. Why? Because our government, the one we elect, gives them the “permission” to.
So maybe this is the Harper government reacting to gross public response close to election time or maybe this is all just another big hustle, but at least it has a few people talking about the Internet and things like Net Neutrality; maybe not enough, but probably a few more than before this hit the fan.
It’s time for the Harper government to stop turning this great country into a technological back water. Do we really want to fall further behind India and China, and Korea, and ….Finland?
Jamie Gilcig – Editor
The Cornwall Free News
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