interweb freedom

(formerly Stop Usage Based Billing)

a few more good links

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on September 19, 2009

No Usage Based Billing

No Usage Based Billing

This is the blog that made me look at UBB This Blog Is Not For Reading: Usage Based Billing is Considered Harmful”

MTS, small ISPs launch campaign against CRTC ruling is a CBC story about the group comprised of MTS, “the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), which represents about 50 smaller ISPs, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses — which counts about 105,000 small and medium firms as members — and a dozen other companies in forming the Campaign for Competitive Broadband” who have joined together to fight the CRTC on the broadband access issue.
This group is most visible to the public through their website: Competitive Broadband: The Issue In A Nutshell[note: link broken to use domain for corporate marketing]
An oldie but goodie showing what happens to Usage Based Billing in a market where actual competition exists
(competition=companies heed their customers if they want to survive)
Time Warner Caves, Postpones Usage-based Billing

In the US Usage Based Billing is more often called “Metered Broadband”. Here is a cautionary tale:
Metered Broadband Won’t Bridge the Digital Divide

This website has provided a place where Canadians can do something tangible:
http://dissolvethecrtc.ca/
The signature count is now at 7922 signatures (nine signatures in the time it took me to write this post… go Canada!)
So is it any wonder it’s my favorite?

SFD09logo_mclimeorangeblend_sun_bvlshdw

Software Freedom Day logo

Today is Software Freedom Day

The website: Software Freedom Day

The concept:
SFD: An open letter

The philosophy:
here be dragons: It’s the ability to learn tools, not the tools themselves

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!


Today is also Talk Like A Pirate Day… Arrrrrrrr

“Arrrrrrr you salty moose!”

–Arrogant Worms

the song:
The greatest pirate song ever written, and coincidentally my all time favorite pirate song is The Last Saskatchewan Pirate

It’s the Arrogant Worms song that made me a fan for life. It’s also my talk-like-a-pirate-day theme song. If you’ve never heard this awesome tune, check the the Arrogant Worms online catalogue, where you can find 3 count ‘em three versions of The Last Saskatchewan Pirate

the website: Talk Like A Pirate

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