Monday, March 31, 2008

NUPGE asks CRTC to investigate Internet 'traffic shaping'

NUPGE asks CRTC to investigate Internet 'traffic shaping'

'Such an investigation should be public and open to input from Canadians.' - James Clancy

"This past week it was reported that Bell Canada, without advance warning of its intention, will be “throttling” Internet access for Sympatico users who utilize file sharing software during peak hours. Bell’s reluctant admission of its plans follows Rogers' equally hesitant partial disclosure that it is traffic shaping." NUPGE

For people who think Unions are not important to a country's freedom, think twice.

If the companies are going gang up against ordinary people's rights and Digital Age freedoms, well it would appear that it is not going to be an easy play. Not now. Not evermore we can pray.

I personally just canceled all of my economic connections to one of the "traffic shapers," Bell Canada. I will have to do without TV for a while as they provided that too.

Perhaps the new owners of Bell , the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan will make a difference here. If they fail to, perhaps the current and retired teachers of the Province of Ontario, members of the Ontario Teacher's Federation will have a say here over the management of their pension assets. The Teacher's Federation includes

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

The Ontario Government is the other owner of the Teacher's pension plan.

Maybe Premier McGuinty would have a view to share over the management of this newest asset "half owned" by the Province of Ontario through its ownership interest in the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.

Is he ducking? I have not noticed a word of his to the issue. Is John Tory, a former Rogers' Executive, going to have something to say as Provincial Leader of the Opposition , without a seat in the House? Or Howard Hampton the Provincial NDP Leader?

A PR moment for NUPGE:
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions. Taken together we are one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 340,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces. We also have a large and growing number of members who work for private businesses.

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