Break the Monopoly
Theme: Innovation Using Digital Technologies
Idea Status: +27 | Total Votes: 35 | Comments: 3
Currently Canadian are bound to use a limited few providers of digital communication (cell, sat, cable, etc.). The service isn't consistent in all areas of the country and many customers don't have accessibility at all. This is because the providers are only interested in the congested honey pots of heavy population. Regulations are required to insure that any company that wants to do business in Canada would have to put into place the infrastructure to allow all Canadians equal access to the proposed communication. For example, Rogers cell service is far from adequate and in many areas is not available. For those of us who travel rural Canada roads and communities, we often find our cell phones useless. Same for their Internet service.
I also think that ISPs should not be given authority to track and report on customers Internet activities. IMO, this is a breach of my privacy.
antarctican — 2010-07-08 13:37:02 EDT wrote
One way I've long seen as a solution to the network infrastructure oligopoly problem is to decouple infrastructure from service providers. Make companies pick, you either own/provide the infrastructure in a carrier neutral fashion or you're a provider (ie. ISP). We don't have private roads, they're public utilities that are carrier neutral for all companies, why should such an important piece of infrastructure in the 21st Century be any different?
R — 2010-06-09 12:26:33 EDT wrote
I think the propositions in the infrastructure forum about public open fibers and the like are much better solutions to this.
Otherwise, it's forcing them into places they don't care without any benefit to the public except expanding monopolies…
LRT2010 — 2010-06-08 15:36:26 EDT wrote
More regulation means higher entry costs… in Canada we definitely need less regulation al ALL levels of goverment. We are uber regulated.
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