p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- Australian economist and p2pnet contributor Tom Koltai launched a steamy online debate over whether such a thing as net neutrality is even possible, let alone desirable.
In fact, he said recently, there’s no such thing but, he told p2pnet reader Robert in a comment post to a follow-up story, “Although we dont have a CRTC in Oz, you speak a language that I am familiar with.”
Tom went on »»»
I think what you are saying is that the Government make up the rules to suit the outcome.
And what I`m saying is that the posters in this forum have already made known that they dont want to play by the governments rules.
In Oz, we organise ourselves to play by our own rules.
We organise petitions, we flood facsimile machines and we pay for advertising on commercial TV … so that everyone knows our point of view.
P2PNet is wonderful forum and is one of many, but the reality is that only a very small percentage of the Canadian population will read these comments and further even less will be motivated to get off their backsides.
The Government, the Bells and the Broadcasting interests exagerate, misrepresent and on occassion mislead and deceive – mainly by spreading FUD amongst the population.
Internet users need to do the same in reverse.
- Tom FUD1 = Television Advertising is a brainwashing of viewers. P2P allows users to watch content without brainwashing.
- Tom FUD2 = Television News influences the voters, not always in the best interests of the candidate. Recent elections in South Korea and Iran have demonstrated that the Internet is capable of generating crowd sentiment in favour of honest politicians. Future Elections will no doubt be decided on the Inrternet and not by Broadcast interests.
- Tom FUD3 = Continued attempts at filtering/throttling against the desires of the users will result in pirate ISP`s springing up all over Canada utlilising ISM radio spectrum bandwith to achieve a network totally outside the reach or control of the Government. The resulting loss of revenues to the Bells will severly impact taxation receipts by the Government.
But I also believe that self-regulation needs to be mooted somehere. An organisation of users, that can act as one. The concept of a an ISP or P2P Union springs to mind.
I think the guys at Saveournet.ca are doing a brilliant job. I urge every reader who has not already done so sign their petition —-
They have 12,000 signatures. This tells me Canadians aren’t really interested.
Hey – Canadians – there`s 30 million of you.
Earlier this year when Australians signed the petition against the Internet Filter, we had 100,000 signatures in just a few weeks and there`s only 20 million of us.
For a chuckle – checkout the video on the bottom left of http://www.getup.org.au/
Where am I going with this?
Well, I guess, if the CRTC approve DPI in Canada it will be a green light to every other Commonwealth country to follow suit. I would be pleased if DPI wasnt just rubber stamped.
Although I also believe that there needs to be an education process like:
- Our water is precious – conserve it.
- Electricity causes CO2 emissions – switch it off when not in the room.
- Flat out Torrent is killing the net, slow it down and enjoy a higher average throughput per month.
Possibly the CRTC could agree to look into educational programs instead of rubber stamping DPI.
No-one has really offered them any alternatives. Education and self regulation is an alternative but Canadians need to suggest it – not some guy from Oz.
“We all know that the Wizard of Oz is just a short little grumpy man behind the curtain with a big loud speaker system,” Tom adds.
Says Robert by way of a response, in part »»»
Basically, we`re not France. We don`t get upset at much. No one gives a shit about the abuse of rights in the name of the Olympics in Vancouver. Just take a read as to what the Police are saying over there. Yeah we`ll move the homeless out of the way for their own protection
Anyway, much like the US it is difficult to educate the populous on how they can help themselves. It`s like cattle standing there outside the slaughterhouse, none of them have a clue that they could stampede through the gates and make a run for it. They even hear the slaughtered screams inside and they just sit there.
That`s us, sadly.
That`s the general population of North Americans.
Now change it and say no more supersize or no more fast food and you`ll see an uproar.
Change that to no more Tim Horton`s and you`ll have a full scale riot!
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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