This week The Digital Life Show team Reisa Levine, Mark Korman and guest host Jan Florjanczyk discuss the Internet metering debate in Canada, sparked by the CRTC’s recent decision to allow for usage-based billing (UBB). Critics of the CRTC’s ruling say that allowing service providers to charge per byte will stifle access and innovation, consumers are outraged by the rate hikes they will be facing. And now the Harper government seems to be hinting that they may overturn the CRTC’s unpopular decision.
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Some of the many news articles on the usage-based billing issue (UBB), which has been heating up over the past several weeks.
Welcome to the Canadian Internet, now stop using it – by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
Canadians Just Became World’s Biggest Internet Losers – by David Beers, The Tyee
CRTC will rescind ‘unlimited use’ Internet decision – or Ottawa will overturn it – Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail
Stop the Meter Campaign by OpenMedia.ca
Canadian’s spend big time online
Canadians spend more time online than any others – by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press
Canada loves surfing the web …
Canadians spend more time online than users in any of the countries tracked by measurement company comScore, which also said Canada had the highest penetration of Internet access.
About 68 per cent of the Canadian population is online.
… and watching online video
In Canada, YouTube per capita consumption of video is No. 1 in the world.
Canadian users check Wikipedia more than any others – The average Canadian web surfer reads 16 Wikipedia pages a month, which is the most in the world.
Running Out of IP addresses ?!
Geek 101: Why Your IP Address May Soon Be an Antique – by Chris Head, PCWorld
Google and Twitter have launched a service which circumvents the ban on net services in Egypt.
Egypt protesters use voice tweets – BBC News & Technology
Internet ‘kill switch’ – CNet News
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