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I Want My CREDO Mobile Service

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CREDO is a service in the US that gives mobile subscribers an opportunity to break away from mainstream carriers that are supporting Tea Partiers, Climate Change debunkers and other media clowns that are contributing to the decline of society.

Alternet has a package available with CREDO and it begs the question:  why can’t I get something like this in Canada?

Right now, there are three options:

  • Bell
  • Rogers
  • Telus

All of the others are either partners or subsidiaries of said companies.  The mainstream players are impossible to avoid in Canada, unless you’re willing to settle for Wind Mobile, the same company that helped fund Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak for the last couple of decades.

Anyways, if anyone knows of a tangible and practical approach to mobile in Canada, I’m all ears.  I’m dying to cancel my Rogers account because I’m sick of having them steal from me.

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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.

Local Media Madness

Our national broadcasters and media conglomerates really think we’re idiots, don’t they?

First, they launched savelocaltv.ca.  At ‘launch parties’ they had lots of local politicians making speeches and doing their best to get local air/face time.

Then, they launched LocalTVMatters.ca (with a theme song, nonetheless).  I think because it had a cute little ditty from Dave Carroll, many people I know dropped their sense of media savvy and said it was time to start supporting this campaign, including a lot of my friends in more left-leaning camps.  This is good propoganda that even Goebbels would admire!

Now, they have the StopTheTVTax.ca campaign trying to get us to petition the CRTC to end the fee for carriage charges supported by TV networks that will be levied against the cable and satellite subscribers.

Ugh.  Where to start?

How about with the CRTC petition.  I went to this page and posted this complaint to the CRTC:

I do not subscribe to cable, nor do I watch a lot of TV so I don’t care about the ‘TV Tax’.

In fact, it should be illegal for large broadcasters and cable companies in this country to use their air time to protest issues that go before the CRTC without giving fair voice to the other parties involved.

If you’re going to eliminate any ‘tax’ or additional fees on services, please reverse your recent decision to allow Bell, Rogers and other ISP companies to increase the cost of accessing the Internet.

If you can’t do that, reconsider your existence, because you’re proving to be very ineffective to average Canadians.

I suggest you do the same.  Use content from this post if you don’t like mine.

In fact, I suggest it’s time we Internet users start our own campaign called ‘Pull the Plug’ which would be committed to educating people that it’s OK to cut the cable cord and to use the Internet as your sole media outlet.  Such an effort could also be committed to finding ways to improve Internet service in Canada in lieu of expensive and bloated cable and satellite bills.

Next, I suggest you read this article from Clickz.com.  The author is exceptionally adept at explaining that producers of mass content have bypassed all of the traditional channels and that broadcasters, print producers and other traditional media companies are f**ked.  The term the author uses is ‘implode’.

In other words, it’s inevitable.  It’s like a big recession that our MA-in-Economics-holding PM didn’t see coming, but hey folks, we can see this one coming.  We’ve been suitably warned so throwing more resources after a dying industry is like spending billions of dollars on useless car companies (oops … we already did that, didn’t we?).

Social platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, WordPress, Facebook and other networks are allowing citizens to produce, share and enjoy any kind of content, regardless of location, access points and without heavy subscriber fees like cable bills.  They also facilitate discussion, something we’ve never had with newspapers and TV shows.

Trying to defy this trend shows that these companies would rather bury their heads in the tax trough than push forward with innovative solutions that encourage everyone to participate with the creation of content.

Education and awareness are also central to understanding why the ‘LocalTVMatters’ campaign is a sham.  As an aside, to my knowledge, there are no independent media awareness organizations in Canada, but it’s time we had at least one.  Several would be better.

Central to this awareness effort would be the notion that Local content (and not TV) DOES matter, but not when it’s in the hands of our not-so-friendly media conglomerates.  The educational process might also look at how it was bad business strategy that got our broadcasters where they are (ie. broke), with CTV and CanWest gobbling up local stations for billions of dollars.  Such an organization could explore how their intended strategy of streamlining their content and force-feeding us with crap like ‘So You Think You Can Dance (Canada)’ all the while inundating us with Conservative propoganda about how well they’re spending our money has been a complete bust.

As another aside, there’s a critical issue to discuss here:  if broadcasters fail (and they will), the Con propoganda machine will fail as well, because all they know is broadcast.  They don’t know how to start conversations and they don’t want to because people will poke holes through their crummy economic facade in social forums.

Right now, the Cons are spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on campaigns promoting the ‘Canadian Economic Action Plan’ as an indirect subsidy to these companies.  This must end.

We also have to be aware that it is bad business strategy to force local TV stations to convert to digital broadcast.  Analogue’s just fine, thank you very much.  In fact, analogue is essential to getting a broadcast out to local users who can’t afford cable or who simply don’t want it.

Now, if we really want to do something with local TV, we would demand that all broadcasters, cable and satellite companies and other mass-media outlets allow citizens to generate and promote their own content.

Oh yeah … that’s what YouTube (and Vimeo and other online video services) is for.

It looks like we don’t need TV after all.