To be honest, I was suspicious when I got an email from OpenMedia requesting Donations to help in the Fight to Stop the Internet Tax. So I did some investigation As I expected on such a hot topic there are definitely two sides to the thing.
In regard to OpenMedia, Hugh Stephens writes the following article found on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Website:
How a supposed grass-roots movement manufactures the impression of huge local groundswells of public opinion against protections for intellectual property. By Hugh Stephens, September 18, 2018
Information on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website describes the Macdonald-Laurier Institute as
“Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa.”
So, one self declared “Think Tank” trying to Blackball another Group, OpenMedia. (Interesting).
Especially when the above Article states that,
According to the Office of the Lobbying Commissioner in Ottawa, Open Media is “a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada.”
So, what have we learned, regarding OpenMedia, it’s a “a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada.”
Which seems to line up pretty closely to what OpenMedia says about itself,
“OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the Internet.”
So, it makes me lean toward accepting OpenMedia at face value.
More importantly, is there a reason to stop the Internet Tax in Canada?
Not to take Political Sides here, but Canada’s Federal Official Opposition, The Conservative Party of Canada, is also speaking out about this…
The Liberals would prefer you call it a “levy” on “broadband internet providers.”
But Canadians know what it really is, an internet tax!
Media reports say Liberal MPs on the Liberal dominated Heritage Committee are recommending a new 5% internet tax on streaming services like Netflix and iTunes.
So, now we’ve determined that there is indeed an “Internet Tax” or “Levy” proposed to be placed upon Internet Users in Canada. So, whether you choose to help fund OpenMedia, or Sign the Conservatives Petition I do feel it important that You not only take action, but help inform others! (One Way to Help Inform Others is to Share this Post)
I also find it interesting that the Conservative’s Site also correctly claims
“Canadians already pay some of the highest internet rates in the world”
Earlier this month I wrote a Post which asked,
In which we discovered that Many Retail Customers, myself included, believe that the CRTC protects Us… The Consumer.
However, as the CRTC States:
“The CRTC does not intervene in the rates, quality of service issues, or business practices of Internet service providers as they relate to retail customers.”
The CRTC does however control the “Wholesale” or “Resellers”in this manner.