One of our regular users makes news for disbanding petition...
Last week Canadian regulatory agency the CRTC once again ruled against independent Canadian ISPs by granting a Bell Canada request
to double dip wholesale customers by charging them for up front bandwidth, then charging a new usage-based billing (UBB) charge on the other end. This has been only the latest in a series a rulings that independent ISPs say are aimed to put them out of business. The CBC
notes that independent ISPs and content creators are now pushing to have the CRTC disbanded -- however unlikely the request.
The CBC references a new new petition
created by one of our users, 23-year-old Ottawa software company employee Mike Lerner ( mlerner
We, the undersigned, believe that the CRTC has become a burden on the Canadian public and are failing to perform their duties in the interest of the Canadian public and that of a fair and unbiased telecom policy.
Of course online petitions are the digital equivalent of a pebble being thrown in a lake, but the sentiment remains no less potent. The CRTC, staffed heavily by former incumbent Canadian ISP employees and lawyers, mirrors the heavily-lobbied dysfunction systemic in the regulatory process of their neighbors to the south. As we've argued in the past
, it's largely impossible to fix any
technology problem so long as regulators are in the pockets of their wealthiest constituents. Would dissolving the CRTC fix this, or simply give mega-ISPs free reign?