“Net neutrality is frequently re-characterized as “network management,” with ISPs arguing that they should be able to manage their networks in a manner that distinguishes between certain applications (and potentially content). Funny, though, what happens when groups ask that the same network management tools be used for alternate purposes such as Canadian content rules. When that happens, Rogers, the same ISP that acknowledges traffic shaping, now says “We’re a dumb pipe. We don’t know what you’re downloading … so how can we be responsible for the content?” In other words, when Rogers appears before the CRTC during the new media proceeding it runs a “dumb pipe.” When it returns several months later for the network management proceeding, it runs a smart pipe engaged in deep packet inspection to identify the traffic on its network.”
“Facebook should take a long, deep look into how it treats its users. Until now, users had options with regards to how the data they generated on Facebook was used. Now, they have no options whatsoever, rather than quit the service altogether. It’s a major difference; I’m not going to take it lightly, and neither should you.”—Facebook: All Your Stuff Is Ours, Even If You Quit
” The CRTC’s net neutrality hearings (aka “review of Internet traffic management practices by ISPs”) is still months away, but a critically important deadline arrives in only a matter of days. The hearings themselves begin on July 6th, but the deadline for public comment submissions is Monday, February 16th.UPDATE: The CRTC has just agreed to an extension for comment to Monday, February 23rd. The CRTC has set out a series of questions in its public notice, some of which may be too technical or legal for many Canadians. However, there are some key questions that anyone with an interest in net neutrality can address including questions about how network management could result in unjust discrimination or undue preferences as well as how network management could result in controlling content or influencing telecommunications. Moreover, the CRTC asks about net neutrality developments in other jurisdictions and how they might apply in a Canadian context.
There will no doubt be many players on both sides of the issue who will respond, but it is very important for the broader public to make their voices heard. Indeed, a strong response will send a signal to the CRTC about the public concern with net neutrality and serve as a warning to Canada’s politicians that they will have to step up to address the issue if the CRTC is unwilling to do so. To learn more, you can read my columns on the issue (here, here, here, and here), see what the ISPs say they are doing, listen to a great podcast on the issue from CBC’s Search Engine, read about the Angus net neutrality bill, or check out saveournet.ca or neutrality.ca.
How to respond? SaveOurNet.ca has a form that people can use along with some other action items. Alternatively, send your comment on net neutrality directly to the CRTC. Go to the CRTC’s Intervention page, scroll to the very bottom where you will find pt2008-19, the number of the net neutrality proceeding. Click on the bottom on the left and the CRTC will give you the opportunity to file comments within your browser or as an attachment. Either way, time is limited so make your voice heard today.”
“When you buy a book, you’re also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. [The Kindle 2’s read-aloud feature] is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one’s going to confuse it with an audiobook… Any authors’ societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what’s good about them with it.”—Neil Gaiman’s Journal: Quick argument summary