Scrooged out of Net Neutrality?
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on December 25, 2010
“A Guide to The Open Internet” is a wonderful InfoGraphic that does a masterful job of visually explaining the importance of Net Neutrality, by contrasting the Internet of the present with The Ghost of the Internet Yet to Come. Anyone who doesn’t understand the issue should definitely take a look.
This is essentially a public service announcement made by the page’s creator, Michael Ciarlo. who explains how his personal experience with Internet non-neutrality led him to make this statement.
In Canada we’ve seen similar instances to what he describes, as when Bell started throttling the Internet access of the Independent ISPs. The fact is that at the time Bell had just launched their own download service, which Bell was not throttling. Incredibly, the CRTC gave Bell approval
More recently, just when NetFlix opens for business in Canada the CRTC renegged on the conditions that had been set for Bell Canada before Usage Based Billing could be imposed on the Independent ISPs from Bell. Apparently Bells Fibe TV service is NOT subject to caps and throttling. Again, non-neutrality.
The CRTC‘s ill advised approval of Usage based Billing is a serious blow to Net Neutrality, not least because it threatens meaningful competition in the Canadian Internet market, and may well destroy it.
Net Neutrality is important to us all.