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Scrooged out of Net Neutrality?

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on December 25, 2010

No Usage Based BillingA 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.

graphic showing internet "tubes"

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.



Net Neutrality is important to anyone who uses the Internet.
Usage Based Billing will harm not only Canadians, but our Economy.

You can also call or write your MP, whose email can be found here: MP postal code look-up

And we can contact the interested government Ministers:

Heritage Minister James Moore – email: Moore.J@parl.gc.ca

Industry Minister Tony Clement – email: Clemet1@parl.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper – email: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

After all, they work for us, don’t they?

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3 Responses to “Scrooged out of Net Neutrality?”

  1. […] Scrooged out of Net Neutrality? “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. […]

  2. The Mad Hatter said

    The problem is that I think they’ve forgot who they work for, and need reminding.

  3. […] by contrasting the Internet of the present with The Ghost of the Internet Yet to Come. …read the full article here Post Information Rate this Post:  Loading … Written by Frank, Filed under: Digital […]

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