“Opposition is mounting to a media coalition’s plan to block Canadians from accessing piracy websites.
Many people fear that the plan — backed by big players such as Bell, Rogers, and CBC — could lead to rampant internet censorship.
“It starts with ‘blocking piracy’ and ends with corporations blocking information that opposes their goals and viewpoints,” wrote Thomas Herr from Barrie, Ont., in a submission to the CRTC on the issue.
Many submissions express deep concern about the proposal.
“The start of a slippery slope,” wrote Charlotte Bush from Richmond Hill, Ont.
“Abuse of the system is inevitable,” said Renaud Bissonnette from Laval, Que. ..”
One can sense the plan being deployed by Bell, Rogers, et al. Raise internet prices in the packages being offered to customers so that progammes delivered by internet connections seem less financially attractive than the channel lineups usually offered. There is, however, a limit to this strategy because customers begin searching for lower cost options ( Primus, is one example) and they will connect technologies that deliver, whether or not producers are being properly compensated.
The android boxes rely on pirated material to achieve the price advantages being offered. The solution, for the long term, is a realignment of pricing; Bell, Rogers et al, should lower the prices of the packages they offer. People will be less inclined to ‘cut the cord’ if the cost difference is minimal.
In exchange for lower prices, the government should charge a television tax, per household, that would be dedicated to a pool from which Bell, Rogers, et al would apply, through the CRTC which would manage the pool, for a share of the revenue collected. The CRTC would decide what areas of the business would ‘qualify’ for a subsidy. Product development would be one place to start, and expansion of service to remote areas, not yet covered by any high-speed internet services, might be another.
People will complain about the tax, (when don’t they) but it should be a nominal figure, say $100 a year per household. This would raise, over a few years, a substantial pool of funds with which to subsidise broadcasting.
The tax would be collected by Bell, Rogers, et al, and administered by the CRTC who would develop the criteria for the payments back to the companies.
Parallel to this, the android equipment being used should be made illegal to purchase, possess, or connect to existing systems.
Professional. Retired. Canadian.