20 November 2008

bellsh*t

i was smart enough to avoid ever getting internet service from bell, but, as you can see, those who decided to give their service a chance can look forward to a slow, grinding future on the internet, thanks to a new crtc ruling on the subject of "internet throttling".

this process basically allows bell to offer different access speeds to customers paying for the same service. more disturbingly, it gives bell, a privately held company with no responsibility to the public, the exclusive right to determine whose internet access will be slowed and when. despite the fact that the internet, as a part of the national communications infrastructure, is supposed to be administered in the public interest, control over whose access takes precedence is left in the hands of a company that already seems to hold its customers (see previous posts "bellderdash", "insult to injury", "the never-ending story" and "end game") beneath contempt, even when they are at fault.

sadly, this is something which is to be expected from the crtc, a perennially out-of-touch, slow-to-respond bureaucratic monolith and useless vacuum of taxpayer money. this is an organisation that has for decades cried out to be leveled and rebuilt from the ground up. let's see if any political parties are willing to rise to that challenge.

2 comments:

Aaron Fenwick said...

Wow, that is quite crappy indeed...
At least this shows that all governments are rubbish at regulating new technologies. We currently have a government who want to enforce ISP level filtering using a "Black list" of websites developed by government department.
So in other words, not only something that will result in a universal slowdown as all content is filtered but a carte' blanche' for the government to block websites without public review.

Thank goodness for the Greens.

flora_mundi said...

well, i think that the united states really has us all beat in terms of not understanding the new technologies that they're supposed to regulate... let's all take a moment to remember former alaskan senator and convicted felon ted stevens (it does my heart good just to type those words)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f99PcP0aFNE

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