Bandwidth is no longer a luxury. It's an essential service.
Last year, Netflix's chief content officer famously referred to the Canadian internet situation this way: "[It's] almost a human rights violation, what they're charging for internet in Canada."
Canadians' are financially gouged for Internet, Cell, Phone and TV. Shaw and TELUS purposely slice and dice their TV channel packages so there is no "good" package. You need to subscribe to several costly packages get what you want.
Now internet bandwidth (speed) has been sliced and diced into several packages in order for providers to charge more for what the public need. It's all for profit, greed and keep the shareholders happy.
Years ago when phones were a government provided service the public were charged at cost. Then we welcomed free enterprise. Bring back government owned and operated internet. Charge Canadians at cost. Then deregulation came along. Competition will lead to better pricing they said. Maybe Canada is too small for there to be enough competition in some industries. In Internet services that's the case. We do not have enough providers and those we have appear to engaged in what I would call price fixing. I mean step over the border and the price is double the U.S.
Bandwidth is no longer a luxury. It's an essential service. Sometimes free enterprise is just bullshit!
Next time a knock comes on the door saying vote for me. I will demand an answer to this. Maybe the NICE people (Canadians) need to become the squeaky wheel.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:22:00 AM