Apologies to all readers outside Canada, this is a particularly Canadian issue at the moment although it could set an example – good or bad- for other countries to either follow or avoid.
It’s an issue that should concern all Internet marketers and particularly Baby Boomers and others just starting to develop on-line businesses, writers, bloggers and every one who uses the Internet regularly for communication.
The CRTC, responsible for regulating Canadian service providers in the telecommunications industry, has recommended that Internet Service Providers change the way that customers are charged.
The changes would include a cap on usage and high rates per gigabyte used above that limit, as much as $4 a gigabyte.
Understandably, there has been a massive outcry from the public and now consumers, businesses and even politicians are urging the CRTC to abandon the proposed changes which will only benefit the 3 big service providers and penalise thousands of consumers and small businesses.
In yet another example of a bureaucracy ignoring the interests of the people it is supposed to serve, the CRTC seems intent on making it easier for service providers to gouge consumers.
The Open Media.ca organisation has mounted a campaign to raise awareness of, and mobilise opposition to, these changes. It is using Social Media to spread the word and generate a huge list of petitioners.
Over 420 000 Canadians have already added their voices, if you have not yet done so and you value the affordability of your Internet Service, then go to Open Media.ca, sign the petition on-line and help spread the word.
This is a further insiduous, incremental, increase in the reach of Big Brothers controlling tentacles. It is yet another blatant example of government interference in what should be a straight forward business relationship between service provider and customer.
Of course, it’s all about control, control the communication channels and you control the population. A lesson certain leaders in the Middle East found out a little too late!
Wishing you success in all your endeavours.