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Usage-Based Billing is bad for everyone… except Bell, Rogers

Posted in Aggravations, Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2011 by Mitch Leuraner

A recent decision by the CRTC has mandated that ISPs institute usage based billing by 1 March 2011. 

This is bad.  Very bad.

If you don’t understand why, then go to the link above and read Digital Home‘s explanation of the decision – they have it explained at least as well as I could, if not better.

When you are done reading and you are furious – and you will be furious – you are going to want to know what you can do about it.  The truth is, getting something like this turned around is hard.  Government agencies, the CRTC especially, don’t like taking criticism and they really don’t like admitting they were wrong. 

But there are some things you can do, and our friends at Digital Home have a perfect list: 

If Canadians really want to stop UBB, the time is now. Instead of complaining on blogs or signing petitions, do the proper thing. Phone, mail and email your MP. Here is the link which lists all 305 Members of Parliament. Click on your MP and you will find a phone number and an email address. Send them an email to complain and when you’re done, email James Moore, Minister of Heritage Canada ( Moore.J@parl.gc.ca ) , email the Minister of Industry Tony Clement ( minister.industry@ic.gc.ca ) and contact Stephen Harper your prime minister at ( Harper.S@parl.gc.ca ).

When you are done that, goto this link and make a complaint online to the CRTC.


Do it.  If you have doubts about what you should include in your letters, check out Digital Home’s article Usage Based Internet Billing: What can you do? for help – it’s definitely worthwhile.

We can stop this. But not if we just sit by and watch it happen.

UPDATE:

This guy has the right idea – but he needs your support!  Make sure that your MP knows what is going on!

I am not a radical extremist

Posted in Aggravations, Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press from CBCNews.ca

Heritage Minister James Moore thinks that anyone who opposes his copyright legislation is a “radical extremists”. Yep! Just like that.

Never mind the fact that our system of government is designed around the basic tenet that proposed legislation should be discussed in a forum where opposing interests have a voice. Nope.  The bill is perfect, so everyone that disagrees must be mistaken. Right?

Oh, and lets just ignore the obvious undertones involved when anyone uses the term “radical extremist”.  It’s not like people will actually make the links anyway. Right?

Right?

I’ve seen a lot of politicians make questionable statements.  But this is different.

Moore has essentially eliminated all legitimate opposition to his bill, by simply assuming that he is right and the rest of the country is wrong.

Well, I’m sorry Mr. Moore but you are wrong. Not because you believe in your bill – you have every right to believe in it. No, you are wrong because you do not understand the system of government that is used in this country.  It’s called representative democracy, and it means that you as a representative work for us.  You do not tell us that we are wrong, we tell you what we want, and you fight for it.

If we tell you that we don’t like a bill, then you don’t pass it.  It’s really that simple.  If you don’t like the job that we have given you, then go work for someone else.