The rights and wrongs of internet access pricing in Canada (Pt.1)

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Gary at iPhoneincanada.ca has done a very nice job of compiling a straightforward overview of the current facts regarding the state of Canada’s network infrastructure (the system that allows us to access the Web), and some very important related issues currently being dealt with by our ISPs (Internet Service Providers), the federal gov’t and the CRTC (supposed to be the impartial governing body regarding telecommunications regulation in Canada).

These issues are on the table as we speak, and if the corporates (read: Bell, Rogers and a select few others) have their way, internet access will become more expensive rather than less expensive, while their system maintenance costs conversely become less expensive, and most importantly the greater need for internet access grows.

I am of the opinion that internet access should be considered a human right. Typically, access to the internet is a factor of affordability, and this statement in my opinion can be applied worldwide.  Anyone can get online pretty much anywhere in the world, if they can afford it. Not having internet access restricts access to current information, training, education, job opportunities and much more, as we all know. Access to current information is easily provided via the internet, while books are static once published.  As traditional forms of media like become more obscure in favour of the real-time, easily updated internet the importance of access becomes more and more important.

I could go on and on, and I certainly will continue on this topic at a later date, with the intent of compiling a reference resource in relation to this issue. For now, please visit the link below for a good overview of the stat of affairs in Canada currently (February 2011), and be sure to sign the petition here:  http://www.stopthemeter.ca/

iPhoneinCanada article is here:

TekSavvy President Busts User-Based Billing Internet Myths | iPhone in Canada Blog – Canada’s #1 iPhone Resource.

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