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More Conservative Taxes – Internet Usage Fees

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The Conservatives cut the GST a couple of points and transfer the political cost of implementing the HST to the provinces.

They raise Employment Insurance premiums.

They cancel the benefits of Income Trusts.

They create the largest deficit in Canadian history, generating hundreds of millions in new interest payments.

And, as of last week, Tony Clement and the rest of the crew decided to allow their friends with communications giants Bell and Rogers to hike internet usage fees.

These hikes will drastically increase the cost of communications in Canada and every day use and access to the Internet.  It will stifle innovation, kill businesses that rely on the Internet and put us in the ‘digital dark ages’ for a long time to come.

It’s gone too far.  These ‘backdoor’ tax increases are unacceptable and our opposition leaders must call for an election.

If you’re not sure about what the outcome might be, give Hosni a call.  Oh yeah … he has NO internet.

To take action against metred usage fees for the Internet, consider the following approaches (and be sure to share):

  • www.stopthemeter.ca – signing the petition will now automatically send our Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, the person politically responsible for the CRTC, an email.
  • Join the Facebook campaign http://www.facebook.com/notes/openmediaca/stop-the-meter-on-your-internet-use/455248704798
  • Pull the plug on satellite/cable.  If you’re still a TV viewer, get with it and cut out a major monthly expense.
  • Find a small ISP.  They still have to play by Bell’s rules, but at least you won’t be paying Bell directly.
  • Cancel your newspaper and magazine subscriptions.  Most of Canada’s print media are owned directly or indirectly by cable and satellite companies.  Terminating your subscription will hurt their cash flow, save a few trees and end your exposure to media lies.

Canadians To Get (Digitally) Screwed Again

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Internet access for all Canadians is about to get more expensive (again), as Bell, Rogers and the rest of the media jackals stand poised to hike usage fees for Canadian browsers.

More related to this story can be found here.

Don’t forget, though, that this isn’t just about making stupid amounts of money at the expense of all Canadians, business and other organizations that come here for digital services.

This is about controlling THE MESSAGE.

The message is that we’re not allowed to stray too far from the media octopus that strangles all Canadian communications, including the Internet, wireless & cell phone communications, print media, radio and other forms of communication in this country.

It’s about being in our faces all the time with their massaged message about how Canadians don’t want an election or how we ALL seemed to elect the most corrupt government in Canadian history or how it’s OK to support countries like Israel despite the genocide that they commit against Palestine or how we don’t need information from the long-form census or how it’s OK to double or triple the cost for a bunch of useless paper airplanes.

It’s about control of mindshare as well as our wallets.

A small change in the ability to control that conversation came recently from a little company in the US called Netflix.  How dare Canadians use something that might actually cost less and offer up more variety?  Don’t worry … we’ll charge them for it!

You can still post your feedback concerning these decisions by joining organizations like OpenMedia and sponsoring them with donations or volunteer work.  You can also submit your name to the CRTC, but unless your last name is ‘Rogers’, you will likely be ignored.

Another thing you can do is to pull the plug.  Cancel your cable or satellite subscription.  Find an ISP other than Bell or Rogers (an impossibility, I know, given that they still own the infrastructure) including companies like TekSavvy or Acanac.

The Best Option: Real Competition

Finally, the best thing to do is to support real infrastructure alternatives to Bell and Rogers.  Contact your local MP, MPP or city councilor and ask them to investigate the installation of Broadband over Power Lines, or BPL.

While there are issues and some potential inefficiencies from this kind of service, the full-fledged public pursuit of a genuine alternative to Bell and Rogers will open up endless possibilities for Canadians and the businesses that they own and operate.