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Open Letter to CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais

Dear Mr. Blais,

I am aware and have contributed to the online consultation regarding Talk-TV.  I am extremely concerned regarding the CRTC considering exempting data usage from regulated content.  I am concerned what this would mean to the overall digital economy and other digital industries such as the gaming industry to name one.  I am a gamer so this decision will effect the services I can access, and how much I could buy and play.

ITMP policy as set by the CRTC was for the sole purpose of controlling internet congestion.  It should not be allowed to progress further than that, and essentially be used as a business model by Canadian content providers.  I am worried that the approval of such a plan would see data caps further reduced to put preference on owned content.  This would essentially put the brakes on further digital content growth in the Canadian market place, and further hamper growth into Canada’s digital economy.

Tech Journalist Peter Nowak recently wrote that Sony is already mulling on providing Canadian access to it’s PlayStation Now service over excessively low bandwidth caps here in Canada.  Nowak further concluded that the current state of our excessively low bandwidth caps, is and will continue to have a negative impact on the Canadian entertainment software industry and Canadian content:

As games get bigger and digital distribution becomes more prevalent, they will increasingly have to think twice about their gigabyte counts before enjoying some of the amazing entertainment that’s being made in their own backyard.

Then Industry Minister Tony Clement who put the brakes on a decision to implement data caps on smaller ISPs stated in a 2011 CBC article:

“If such a decision were allowed to stand, the effects are far-reaching, not only for consumers, but for entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and small businesses throughout the country,” Clement said, adding usage-based billing threatens to choke off creative and innovative businesses.

Since this date, and the decision to make data caps optional for independent providers, has for the most part seen data caps remain in place at indie providers.  A recent poll done by Teksavvy strongly suggests that even the independent ISPs are using data packages as part of their business model, and not to control traffic.  On top of this, the survey found that the vast majority of Canadians already find data usage to be extremely confusing:

“These survey results highlight that many Canadians don’t have a clear understanding of their Internet plans, or which plan is right for them,” said Pierre Aube, COO of TekSavvy.

I am calling on the CRTC, and the Government at this time to review any decision made regarding exempting data caps from owned content that arises as a result of this consultation, and the potential affects this would have on the digital economy on whole.   I would also ask that the CRTC and government look into implementing extremely strict rules and monetary non-compliance penalties over ITMP frame work, so that it’s spirit of retaining neutrality on content that’s so important for Canadian media market penetration and digital innovation remains intact.  Simply put the option to exempt data caps from owned/regulated content is of stark contrast to current ITMP frame work.  Any decision supporting this exemption has the potential to severely retard digital economic growth in Canada, thus Canadian content exposure in not just the content industries but the digital economy as a whole.

Warm Regards,

Jason Koblovsky (as an individual)

CC: MP Peter Van Loan

CC: Minister of Industry James Moore

CC:  PMO

UPDATE: CRTC Responds To My Open Letter To CRTC Chair Blais

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  1. March 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

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