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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 "", 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.

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  •  Thank you for this diary. (2+ / 0-)
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    TechBob, kyril

    I wish more people were paying to what's happening.

    To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

    by gooderservice on Sun May 29, 2011 at 05:55:37 PM PDT

  •  the problem is Netflix and other.... (0+ / 0-)

    .... services that have mass audiences downloading large videos in high fidelity formats.  

    The network was never designed to handle that stuff in realtime.

    Those services ought to be paying for the cost of the relevant technical upgrades across the entire network.  

    •  Don't agree on several counts (1+ / 0-)
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      - much of the infrastructure (fiber,etc.) was built with (direct or indirect, as in: "Oh, just take that right-of-way...") government subsidies and who knows what tax breaks.  It's disingenuous for big telecom to claim "we built all this by ourselves, how dare you want to actually use it the way we told you we would when we asked for help..."
      - US & Canada bandwidth is still pretty far behind (and more expensive) that a lot of the developed world (cell or ISP)
      - Access still sucks - try getting broadband in rural Canada.  Not that much fun and you usually have only one choice.
      - You can't constrain innovation based on original design parameters.  If that was the case, we wouldn't have much of what makes the web what it is ... of course, that's close to what the telecoms are trying to stuff back in the bag (tiered svc, prioritized svc to their "best-ies", data caps for other streaming svcs besides the streaming svc THEY offer, et al).

      Not that the last item hasn't stopped other media companies from trying to desperately hang on to their old business model ("If we could just stop file sharing - recording companies would be OK...").  We've already ceded control of most of our hardware - they can remotely control what you record, how you view it, or even IF you can record it via legally required and embedded technology (V-Chips, HDCP, etc) - they really want to lock down the internet, too. <"/rant">

      "Curiouser and curiouser!"

      by TechBob on Sun May 29, 2011 at 09:38:22 PM PDT

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      •  innovation & design parameters: (0+ / 0-)

        "You can't constrain...." is a non-sequitur.  The infrastructure that was built within those parameters is what constrains.  You may as well be complaining that your car doesn't go fast enough.   The solution is to get a new car that goes faster (build new infrastructure).  

        Sure, much of the transmission capacity is fiber.  And that can be saturated pretty quickly with users downloading full-length feature films.  

        Most of the developed world is quasi-socialist compared to the US & Canada.  That's why we're behind in everything from health to education to internet access.  

        Most of the developed world also has cellular service with tolerable sound quality, as compared to the atrocious audio we have in the US (which sounds better than a 1925 telephone but worse than a 1935 telephone).  

        The regulated monopoly paradigm works (the Bell System: "best telephone service in the world" while it lasted).  

        The "postal" paradigm works (government ownership of telecoms), per overseas examples.  

        What doesn't work is an oligopoly model where the players are in both the carrier biz and in the content biz.

        Tiered service and all the rest of those evils are the direct result of carriers getting into the content biz.  It can't happen when carriers have no hand in content.  That situation is just begging for divestiture.  

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