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09:05 PM on 09/15/2012
I'm all for better internet but using the term "human rights violation" is too far, and it shouldn't be a term used to describe everyday situations, it's an insult to those who are actually being oppressed.
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09:44 PM on 09/15/2012
The internet has been the main force behind 2 major uprisings in the Middle East. It will be the undoing of all totalitarian states, much like the radio was the core for the resistance.

You need to think of the internet as less than the place you go to look at Facebook, or play games, and more like the printing press, radio and tv combined and put on steroids, with you, the user, in control and not a business or a government.
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Heather Blackett
10:00 PM on 09/15/2012
yes, hyperbole from a man who is not exactly unbiased.
However, prohibitively expensive internet access is not good for human rights, i think you would conceed- access to the internet is not only for entertainment, but to access information, participate in debate, register to vote, find a job. His statement isn't out of the realm of reason.
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WernerPatels
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08:56 PM on 09/15/2012
While ISPs charge more in Canada, for the most part, we have more advanced technology, bandwidth, etc. than our neighbours in the US. I forget precise numbers, but the top speeds offered by Shaw or Rogers, for example, are enjoyed only by around 2% of American Internet users (cheaper, probably, but the access issue is more pressing than price). At least, in Canada we can pay to get the necessary speeds and bandwidths, but most Americans, even if they wanted to pay, couldn't get that level.
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Angelo Barovier
I came, I saw, I ate the cheese.
10:14 PM on 09/15/2012
I would suggest the data is not confined nor ordered to reflect its context. In major cities, US bandwidth and data speeds are just as equitable as Canada. However, the US, by virtue of population and geography, has far more rural areas of access.

I live in Toronto. My internet is fine and (back when I used to game, actually slower than many of my American counterparts). However, in areas outside of major cities, you'd be surprised how crappy coverage and speed are. I know someone who still has dial-up and she said, "It's pretty good." Many rural folk are still fine with listening and watching content on traditional media. To them, the internet is for email. And they get along just fine.

The idea that our quality level is higher seems like a slightly broad stroke with no verifiable data. I imagine US ISPs would beg to differ.
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rainbowthinks
08:53 PM on 09/15/2012
Using Netflix on an internet service with a low download limit can lead to prohibitively expensive overage fees was exactly my experience and I had no choice but to unsubscribe from Netflix.
09:40 PM on 09/15/2012
I still use it, but I do not keep it on for as long as I previously did. ISP's simply charge way too much for data and everything after the allocated download limit has been completely maxed or used.
08:36 PM on 09/15/2012
While what he says is true, remember that he's only saying it to further his company's interests.
09:35 PM on 09/15/2012
Yes, he is a businessman after all. :)
01:21 AM on 09/16/2012
Hmm I thought Netflix was a charity...
08:24 PM on 09/15/2012
This is exactly what excessive govt regulation brings to the consumer. Ripoff pricing and substandard performance.

Thank a Liberal.
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SeanMartin
Everything in moderation.
08:38 PM on 09/15/2012
I dont exactly see Harper making any moves to change things. Do you?
09:09 PM on 09/15/2012
It'll take a long, long time to undo the damage Libs have done.

Every move he makes to improve things is met with much anger, resentment, and anguish from the EternallyDisgruntledClass.
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Jason Bullock
09:42 PM on 09/15/2012
He's to busy trying to figure out new ways to spy on us using the internet.
09:20 PM on 09/15/2012
Harley , Bell was regulated highly by the the government for many years and highly profitable as well . At one time Bell stock continually sat at $30-35 a share and paid very good dividends . When they split the stock it dropped to about $25 a share and rebounded to the $30-35 and more within about 12 months . For this reason, the stock was regarded as comparable to government bonds for investment purposes .

Since the advent of competition in this country , we have been screwed big time . Government regulation that is of benefit to the people of this country need not be counter productive and the profit margins of those industries will still be quite good . The big problem is that corporations are never satisfied with decent profits, only greater and greater levels of profits .
09:55 PM on 09/15/2012
Let me get this straight.

You are against competition and private enterprise?
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Leeryguy
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08:09 PM on 09/15/2012
and Bell wants even more... Step-up CRTC, start doing your job of protecting Canadians rather the helping ISP's to milk Canadians...
08:19 PM on 09/15/2012
It's because of the damned CRTC that Bell is still in business and gleefully ripping off Canadians.
07:59 PM on 09/15/2012
Finally, a company big enough to point out these flaws. Will they act on it? They should. God knows we can't.
07:56 PM on 09/15/2012
The man is right we do pay for more and get less, we are being choked, plus the territorial bias is not good either limiting choice. This is why I do not own a cellphone because of the high price. Never mind everything in Canada is priced higher especially since we have our own oil but pay more than the U.S. and many other oil producing countries and the problem is nobody speaks up. All these high prices are good for the government in relation to taxes collected on high price items. It is a sham.
08:49 PM on 09/15/2012
You pay more for oil than the US does? I'm actually shocked by that. I'm American and currently it's US$3.94 a gallon here in the Philadelphia suburbs. I'm surprised there isn't outrage at that. Since you're are sitting on an stockpile of oil so big that it is the US's primary source of oil, I would think everything in your country would be dirt cheap. Before Texas exhausted most of it's oil supply, the state subsidized a university education and it cost US$4 a credit. Canada has one of the highest if not the highest resource to population ratios on Earth, you're people are being screwed if your not all living like kings.
09:00 PM on 09/15/2012
We are being screwed apparently -
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Steve Lives
The Venus Project ... look it up
09:01 PM on 09/15/2012
Funny how that works. Canadians can be stupid, and are about a lot things. And I say that as a Canadian.
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AlWaterloo
07:56 PM on 09/15/2012
LOVE Netflix.
09:43 PM on 09/15/2012
As do I but I find they do not update the content often enough. Some friends of mine say that the content on the American Netflix is apparently updated a little more often.
09:52 PM on 09/15/2012
yep with Chinese martial arts films, haha Canadian netflix is better.
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AlWaterloo
10:13 PM on 09/15/2012
The American version is much better and if you purchase a US ip address for $5 a month you can have it. I dropped cable all together and couldn't be happier.
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Rob Vann
Ed Snowden is a WAKEUP CALL
07:52 PM on 09/15/2012
The other problem is Netflix skimpy list of choices suck when compared to what Americans have available.
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Cael
08:05 PM on 09/15/2012
You can think the crtc and huge costs to show content up here.
08:48 PM on 09/15/2012
That has nothing to do with CRTC. The problem is due to aus companies with copywrites wanting more money to let programs being aired in Canada
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piceaglauca
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07:51 PM on 09/15/2012
We are third world in any capacity when Bell, Rogers, and Telus are in the driver's seat. Until the CRTC and Government open the gates and loosen up a bit the only thing is happening is billing. Someone is getting rich and look whose paying.