Wonder what we're in for when there are only a few Cell & ISP providers and no "Net Neutrality" in our near future? I just came across this sad story that could give us a clue; (no independent verifications, as of yet) the tale of a small Canadian businesswoman, Cindy Quigley, who had her life and business take from her by deceptive practices of Telus - one of a handful of telecom monopolies allowed in the "great white north".
Sad video of her plight below the fold:
She seems very earnest - I saw this on "Boingboing.net", but I haven't seen any other local coverage of what happened to her business. It's sad that a large company like Telus can destroy a person's life (force personal and business insolvency, losing their home and car...) with no recourse from "proper channels" - even when their actions look to be clearly illegal. I think Canada needs an "Elisabeth Warren"!
Canada is leading the US in enforcing strict data caps on their customers, something we are going to have to get used to. Netflix has even had to modify their download quality to accommodate Canadian bandwidth caps. Canada also has one of the highest costs to access the Internet in the developed world - data caps aside - guess that's a preview of what's to come for the US.
We've become accustomed to unlimited data in our homes and on our portable devices. Most cell providers plan to phase in data caps this summer and major ISPs are sure to follow. Take a minute and add your name to Al Franken fight to save Net Neutrality and halt the corporate takeover of our media.