The CRTC is writing Canada’s Digital Economy Strategy
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on January 3, 2011
The Globe and Mail’s editorial “We’re overdue for a digital-economy strategy” is calling for Canada to unroll a Digital Economy strategy.
After all, other countries have them. But we have some serious issues, so I thought I’d share the comment I posted there:
“Quite frankly, I suspect we are in better shape with no Digital Economy Policy than rushing to implement a bad one.
But wait: you’ve entirely neglected to mention that the CRTC’s approval of Bell’s Usage Based Billing proposal means Canada’s Digital Economy Policy is being written by the regulator without government oversight.
Artificially inflating the cost of Canadian consumer internet access for the express purpose of discouraging Canadian consumer Internet use will certainly prove to be a pretty strong drag on Canada’s Digital Economy.
If you want to talk about education it is necessary to look at the fact that our public education system isn’t educating our children about computers and programming, we are training them to use the proprietary software of the day. Of course that’s hardly surprising when all levels of government appear to be wedded to brand names rather than getting in on the ground floor with Free-Libre Open Source Software.
There is a serious need for MEANINGFUL government consultation on these issues.
No policy is better than bad policy.”
—Laurel L. Russwurm, Comments, The Globe and Mail: We’re overdue for a digital-economy strategy
Funny, they didn’t even mention Usage based Billing.
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