I Live In A Digital Ghetto

digitalJesse Brown has an interesting entry on his Search Engine blog for CBC Radio. He laments about the growing list of backwards policies in Canada that he believes is creating a sense of digital isolation.

1. Last week the CRTC sided with Bell against a group of small Internet Service Providers who want to offer their customers unthrottled connections where what they download is their own business and not subject to interference.

2. In last week’s throne speech the Conservative government renewed their intention to “modernize” Canadian copyright law. Their effort to do so last session was Bill C-61, a woefully unbalanced and retrograde piece of legislation that led to the greatest citizen backlash to any proposed bill in recent memory. Yet there has been no indication from new Industry Minister Tony Clement that a much-needed public consultation will take place. The best he has offered is the possibility of a “slightly different” version of the bill.

3. Twitter has just announced that they are killing outbound SMS messaging in Canada due to exorbitant and constant rate hikes from Canadian cell providers (former Industry Minister Jim Prentice vowed to get tough on SMS price gouging, then backpeddled). Cell phone rates in Canada are among the highest in the world, and the result is that mobile penetration is pathetically low and that emerging new cultural platforms like Twitter are being hobbled.

The Internet's where I live and how I earn my income. My home is turning into a ghetto.


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brad

Santa don't come to the ghetto.

November 28, 2008 @ 8:11 PM

Irvine

I couldn't agree more. I've been on the Internet for 15 years now & arguing against what is becoming corporate control.

People think about control of the internet, but it's control of ACCESS to the internet that'll hobble it. Net Neutrality is a phrase more people need to know but no one seems to care about it. Or even discuss it, unless you're a contributor to slashdot.org

The CRTC sucks, allowing Bell to throttle connections is bullshit. The big players want control for a variety of reasons..including the potential wireless VoIP has to wipe out traditional cell service.

The Canadian government should open the borders to foreign cell phone companies but they won't. I guess they've got the dicks of the big players in their ass.

November 29, 2008 @ 6:50 PM

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