1) FD: I've been in the telecom biz for ....... 20 years now. *sigh* (with one of the big three)
2) FD2: I was born in Lynn Massachusetts, and became a naturalized Canadian citizen ummm, well before I was a legal adult.
Americans in general: Yanks
Americans in political frenzy: The Excited Snakes.
Americans in foreign country (on vacation): Impatiens. (think about it for 2 minutes)
American military in foreign country: Bootheels.
American TSA officers: puppets.
The CRTC *at this moment* has found that there are three sets of influence on their decision making processes. Sadly, through the 90's and the '00's they were not hearing one point of view, however they were *waiting* to see how things panned out elsewhere on certain fronts. Thus we have a set of internet rules that actually make some sense. It helps that these folks OpenMedia have been hammering on these issues that are faced by internet providers, regulators and consumers. Another point is that most of the folks in the business who have a technical clue realize just how futile the corporate efforts to bottle and package the consumers are. There were efforts to avoid Local Loop unbundling, especially in the 90's with loop costs in some cases being 2 or 3 times the cost of a package. This was demonstrated in a court to be unfair business, and the legal context is very unlikely to be challenged since it will require the challenger to demonstrate specific costs with concrete proofs. local number portability had to be legally enforced, and since there'd been such resistance, when the order did come down it was fast and hard. Why? because the big three seriously did not realize that the entire country could be cut off from the rest of the globe on the telecoms front if they did not let go. I've heard some fantastic names for JT, but I'll point out three things
1) due to a CRTC decision 6 months ago my internet costs are now 62% of what they were then. Based on (shared access) pipes and what the physical carriers are allowed to charge the VIPs (thats virtual internet providers)
2) I can get a package for internet/phone/television/otherservices from no less than 8 providers now. On whatever pipe comes into my home. And the pipe owner is not permitted to block or delay that process *compared to their own delivery*. They are permitted to charge only specific monthly fees *that have to be itemized* to the end user
3) If my (visiting) 13 year old (relative) downloads 8 hours of pron from torrent sites and gets tagged for it, I get a letter saying "don't do that again" that has *almost* 0 legal weight. And the bait and switch teams, legal scam operations and american corporate entities that are stealing artistic *value* from the globe in an effort to protect a content delivery industry that is 50 years out of date cannot touch me.
And goddamn it yes I am a Canadian. Sometimes cranky, but that has more to do with the idiots that can't process a coherent thought. I love my Timmies and my bacon and I'm as likely to be found on the deck BBQ'ing in January as in June. With a beer. From someone like 5 Paddles. BBQing Bacon.
Here's a beer for the folks at OpenMedia and the CRTC chaps.