Canadian Government Forcing hand of CRTC

This is indeed good news:

A controversial CRTC decision that effectively imposed usage-based Internet billing on small service providers will be reversed, the Toronto Star has learned.

“The CRTC should be under no illusion — the Prime Minister and minister of Industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself,” a senior Conservative government official said Wednesday.

“If they don’t reconsider we will reverse their decision.”

The promise to reverse the ruling comes as CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein is scheduled to explain the decision Thursday before the House of Commons industry committee.

While the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is an independent agency, its decision can be overturned by cabinet. The Star was told that could happen as early as next week.

The CRTC decision has sparked outrage across the country with Canadians rushing to sign petitions asking the Conservative government to reverse it. Industry Minister Tony Clement has received tens of thousands of emails requesting that it be struck down.

…but this is far from over as there are plenty of things that need to be done and plenty of questions that need answering, like:

1) Is the CRTC really looking out for Canadian’s interests or are they just in the pocket of Big Telecom? Clearly this has come into question, and not just with UBB. The CRTC has had a history of making decisions that have hurt Canada’s progress in the digital age. Given my last post, it is also clear that the CRTC sees itself as some kind of gatekeeper for Canadian Culture…such that it is. Well, Canadian Culture is not defined by “not doing what the US is doing”. You don’t define yourself by what you are not. Besides…in the internet, there are no boarders and the CRTC needs to understand this or be made irrelevant.

2) Why do companies like Bell and Rogers own both the distribution of content AND the pipes? This is clearly a conflict of interest and has blocked Canadians from getting quality services like Hulu and Netflix. Sure, we get Netflix, but boy…it’s a shell of itself compared to that of the US. We need to bring this movement even further by breaking up companies like Bell and Rogers and make them decide: do you want to deliver content or do you want to own the pipe? In Canada, in any one region, you really only have two choices for both…it’s a duopoly. It’s time for it to end.

3) Nationalize, sell and open the “last mile” to competition. Heh…the Tea Party just had a stroke. Yes…the “Last Mile” needs to be nationalized and not monopolized by a single carrier. The last mile should belong to the Canadian people. Once it’s owned by us, we then open up that link to competition TO ALL PLAYERS…big and small. If they start pulling funny shit like UBB, we yank the link back and give it to someone who can do a better job of making money AND having our interests at heart. You can do both you know.

Canadians are usually a very quiet people. We really do take it up the ass more times than we need to be “our overlords”. This time, I think somebody just pissed in our cornflakes one too many times. This move…brought on by Bell and supported by the CRTC…was the proverbial straw.

Let’s keep this momentum going, because we have more work to do.

D out.

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