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So this is going to be one of my classic rants that will appear to have little to do with leather jackets but of course it does. Who is this regal sounding Von Finckenstien and the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission. VF as he shall be known is a former Judge and Canadian style free tradist. Now before I go off and rant about the CRTC I will say that VF does have something going for him on the plus side. He was the senior civil servant here who investigated and brought charges
against the big AGRO corporations that were price fixing Lysine and amino acid feed additives in animal feed. One of those classic little stories where we the little guy all pay a few bucks out of our pockets to illegally subsidize the globally mega rich who were pretending to compete while in fact (not unlike the gas companies) were gouging all of us for our food supply. Ok big ups VF. (See Russel Crowe and the movie THE INFORMANT)
Now we move onto the bad. What is the CRTC They have a website you can read all about them. They were for the long and short, basically a Canadian content manager set up to keep little tiny Canada protected from big bad ugly USA and their huge telecommunications industry, and protected Canadian consumers from the big bad ugly telecommunications monopoly here in Canada. Why do we little tiny Canadians need protection you ask? Well it goes back a long long way...but again to make things short...A long time ago in England these royal fellows decided to carve up North America and give it to their friends like the Hudsons Bay Company who once owned 15% of North America. One of those little fiefdoms became Canada. So business in Canada runs like a feudal system and Canadians become the Serfs who feed our feudal lords. The CRTC was created to A: remind the feudal lords of BELL and ROGERS (our basically two Cell phone, TV, and Internet/cable providers) that we little Canadians need to eat once and a while, and B: protect all our little Canadian actors and directors like Jim Cameron, Neil Young, Ryan Reynolds, and Arcade Fire from not being swallowed up in a morass of American culture. Well guess what, since 1979, Canadians have somehow taken over a good chunk of US culture both Musically and Theatrically, the Internet is free and open and you cant protect anybody from anything and oh..this is the most important one, the CRTC has let BELL and ROGERS grow fat from the land, resulting in a virtual monopoly of price fixing leading to the worst...and I mean worst cell phone, cable and telecommunications service in the world. Canada ranks near dead last for the high cost of cellular phones...my mother had a 900 dollar cell phone bill last month and this is typical, Canada officially has the worst and most expensive cell phone service in the world. Even worse and this is a quote
Canada is ranked 19th out of 154 countries according to how advanced its use of information and communications technology (ICT) is, a drop of 10 places from ninth in 2002, according to the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union.
The ranking was based on a number of factors, including the number of citizens per 100 who had fixed line and mobile cellular phones and accessed internet, broadband internet and mobile broadband services. It also considered the amount of bandwidth available per internet user, the proportion of households with computers and internet access, and the literacy and education levels of a country's population.
Sweden ranked first in the 106-page report, followed by South Korea. The remaining countries in the top 10 were all from Western Europe: Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Finland and the United Kingdom.
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Sorry to all the non Canadian Leather Nuts...I just want to be able to keep on bloggin and Interneting without taking on a night job to pay for internet access!