Learn about Net Neutrality and then DO something about it (UPDATED)
Do you know what Net Neutrality is?It's the idea that all data on a network is treated equally. In the web world, that means that all information transmitted over the Interwebs are given the same treatment: whether it's Facebook, Netflix or pr0n. In a neutral environment, the ISPs can't monitor traffic for say, P2P activity, and throttle it in particular. They have to treat all data and traffic the same.
I used to work for a company that had a tool to dynamically manage bandwidth usage on their servers. Years after the product became owned by a spin-off, it was licensed for use by Bell Canada and other local ISPs. Even back then, I knew it was only a matter of time before people realized throttling was going on by ISPs and it started affecting the general population — not just high volume downloaders.
Why should you care?Because the CRTC just approved usage-based billing for ISPs that deliver residential Internet access. That means, that not only are you going to pay a fee to get the Interwebs at home, now they are free to charge you for how much Interwebs you use, and that's only a step away from charging you based on what you download/access.
Get informed.Here are some resources:
- The Open Inter.net has a fantastic infographic that explains how the ISPs would like to run their shops
- Wikipedia entry on Network Neutrality in Canada
- Wikipedia entry on Network Neutrality (more general info)
- CRTC Decision 2011-44
Then do something.
- Sign the petition
- Write to Minister Tony Clement
- Join the SaveOurNet Facebook Group
- Join the Canadians for Net Neutrality Facebook Group