Have you heard about this he CRTC’s decision
to allow big telecom companies like Bell and SHAW to impose usage based billing on independent
internet service providers? I don’t own shares in big telecom why should i care about this?
do you use the internet? Who doesn’t? Well those telecom companies have their way you will no longer be able to enjoy unlimited
usage but instead you will pay by the bite. Wait a minute, It’s not like him one of those dudes we downloads
movies and music all day. This decision not only affects downloads, but all kinds of streaming
entertainment and information, especially audio and video Don’t you listen to internet radio?
Yes, I listen religiously to the big hair report
that streams on follicle radio every Monday and Thursday. I’m also a fan of the all-Elvis network.
And how about video? Don’t you stream video online? Yes I do. In fact I just signed up for Netflix and i’d like to watch old Starsky and Hutch
reruns – Paul Michael Glazer had fantastic curly hair. Well now thanks to this latest CRTC decision
granting big telecom companies the right to bill internet users by usage you can expect to pay a lot more for your
monthly internet bill. Well if we are shifting to the internet for our entertainment maybe
we should be paying more.. But don’t you think that’s a little like being billed by the mileage on your cars
odometer after you’ve already paid for the gas? This analogy confounds me. The real point here is that big telecom providers like Bell, SHAW
and Rogers intend to restrict the open internet with the application of financial premiums
and broadband traffic regulations. This is a serious threat to net neutrality
and to the open and accessible internet as we know it. Usage based billing limit web innovation to
only those who can afford it, it helps to establish a tiered system of access
that privileges those who can afford it and denies those who can’t. With the CRTC’s blessing, the self-appointed
grand gatekeepers of our open and powerful internet are shaping and limiting and taxing access
to an infrastructure there is in fact subsidized by our taxes and should really be declared
a public domain. Are you finished? And mark my words if they have it their way they’ll be charging
you postage on every e-mail you sent your mom. And what makes you such an expert on these
matters? I’m a senior communications policy analyst
and a legal adviser to several large internet firms. I’ve written two books and countless articles
regarding democracy in the role of the internet and I’m the love child of Tim Berners-Lee. Still, don’t you think those telecom companies have
a right to make a buck? In the second quarter of 2010, Bell’s parent company reported
improved financial performance with net earnings applicable to common shares growing by
seventy point five percent of five hundred ninety million dollars and that suggest earnings for a single quarter
of the year. It’s not too late to save the internet, there’s time to appeal the CRTC’s decision but we have to act fast. A good place to start is the OpenMedia.ca campaign
to stop the metering. Visit www.StopTheMeter.ca a for more information Do it now.