It is always amusing when liberals who run around bleeding out their eyeballs about “corporatism” get slapped with a little dose of reality. Canadian citizens are now learning that hard little lesson. Then again, this is the nation that has such a wonderful health care system that their citizens flee to the United States for real treatment.
Recently, Bell Canada decided to let its “customers” suck on one very sour lemon when it managed to get “Usage-Based Billing” (UBB) approved through Canada’s communications regulatory agency, the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Here are the details:
Metered Internet usage (also called “Usage-Based Billing”) is coming to Canada, and it’s going to cost Internet users. While an advance guard of Canadians are expressing creative outrage at the prospect of having to pay inflated prices for Internet use charged by the gigabyte, the consequences probably haven’t set in for most consumers. Now, however, independent Canadian ISPs are publishing their revised data plans, and they aren’t pretty.
“Like our customers, and Canadian internet users everywhere, we are not happy with this new development,” wrote the Ontario-based indie ISP TekSavvy in a recent e-mail message to its subscribers.
But like it or not, the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved UBB for the incumbent carrier Bell Canada in September. Competitive ISPs, which connect to Canada’s top telco for last-mile copper connections to customers, will also be metered by Bell. Even though the CRTC gave these ISPs a 15 percent discount this month (TekSavvy asked for 50 percent), it’s still going to mean a real adjustment for consumers.
This is going to hurt
Starting on March 1, Ontario TekSavvy members who subscribed to the 5Mbps plan have a new usage cap of 25GB, “substantially down from the 200GB or unlimited deals TekSavvy was able to offer before the CRTC’s decision to impose usage based billing,” the message added.
By way of comparison, Comcast here in the United States has a 250GB data cap. Looks like lots of Canadians can kiss that kind of high ceiling goodbye. And going over will cost you: according to TekSavvy, the CRTC put data overage rates at CAN $1.90 per gigabyte for most of Canada, and $2.35 for the country’s French-speaking region.
Bottom line: no more unlimited buffet. TekSavvy users who bought the “High Speed Internet Premium” plan at $31.95 now get 175GB less per month.
“Extensive web surfing, sharing music, video streaming, downloading and playing games, online shopping and email,” could put users over the 25GB cap, TekSavvy warns. Also, watch out “power users that use multiple computers, smartphones, and game consoles at the same time.”
Starting to hate this? TekSavvy hates it, too.
“The ostensible, theoretical reason behind UBB is to conserve capacity, but that issue is very questionable,” noted the ISP’s CEO Rocky Gaudrault on TekSavvy’s news page. “One certain result though, is that Bell will make much more profit on its Internet service, and discourage Canadians from watching TV and movies on the internet instead of CTV, which Bell now owns.”
Did you get that: “conserve capacity?” As if we’re “running out” of bandwidth, and no one can “mine” any more of it? Pffth!
Now, you’ll get a few of those liberals out there that will blame this all on Bell Canada (who, in all fairness, is partly to blame), and go off on their typical “corporatist” rant that big, mega-corporations (a. k. a. evil multi-national corporations) are taking over the world. The reality is: this is socialism in action. Hell, this move was even blessed by the government regulators.
Why? Because Bell Canada is a bona fide, government-backed monopoly. Lest anyone forget that they came into being via legislation from the Canadian Parliament back in the 1880s. Even to this very day, it cannot make a single move without the consent of the CRTC. In fact, much of what Bell Canada does as far as pricing is done to subsidize users who cannot pay their way, and with the Canadian government’s “blessing.”
But your average liberal idiot will whine and complain that greedy fat-cats running monolithic institutions have “politicians and regulators” in their back pockets. Therefore, they can do whatever they want, whenever they want and those poor, virtuous civil servant regulators are helpless to stop them.
So what does this have to do with corporatism? Well, the real definition of corporatism is a system or governance that organized individuals and institutions into “groups,” or “bodies” (from the Latin corpus). So, workers are organized into unions, businesses into cartels, and so on. The individual is no longer important, only his participation in his assigned group.
And who likes corporatism? Well Mussolini – a well-known Fascist – was a big fan of corporatism. So was Hitler. You might know these guys for their core belief system: Socialism.
Corporatism, National Socialism, Social Democracy, Communism, Marxism, and State-Run Capitalism are all collectivist in nature. They place the concept of the group – or the collective – in high regard, and show utter disdain for the individual. And while liberals LOVE to claim that groups like the Nazis are “right-wing,” they are not; right-wingers are individualists. American Conservatives hold the principles of the Founding Fathers as being core to their principles and beliefs: individual freedoms. It is your average run-of-the-mill liberal, these days stumping for all of this collectivist crap. And now it’s going to eat into their enjoyment of online porn. Sucks to be them…
Basically, what Bell Canada is very much mirrors the purpose of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the USA. They are government-backed monopolies, heavily regulated by the federal government, and touted to be “free market institutions.” This couldn’t be any further from the truth. They are de-facto monopolies regulated, and supported by the government. Does anyone else out there do what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac does?
Nope. That’s by design. In fact, I think there’s legislation out there that prevents private entities from encroaching into Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s sandbox. Then again, no one with a functioning brain would try to make a business off of bad loans.
The same goes with Bell Canada. Strip away all of the anti-capitalist buzzwords, and they’re nothing more than an extension of the Canadian federal government. They have no competition. There are enough regulations in place to make sure that no one challenges Bell Canada’s Divine Right to rule virtually that nation’s communications infrastructure.
So, in supporting a socialist form of government, Canadian citizens are getting bent over the furniture…with corporatism.
As for corporations ruling the world, name for me one big, multi-national corporation with a standing army, armored divisions, nuclear bombs, investigative bureaus, and revenue collections agents and we’ll talk. Last time I looked, those institutions were the exclusive prevue of the government. When not restricted by the populace, the government will run roughshod over the average citizen. The corporations and those “evil fat-cats” are more than happy to go along for the ride, so long as they make a decent living at it. Is that right? No. But then again, business people are opportunists by nature. If they weren’t, then they’d be greedy little civil servants, lusting for the day that they too can rule their own little fiefdom at the expense of the serfs.
And when I say “serfs,” what I mean is “you.”
So, in short, by supporting big government interference into private markets, liberals are getting exactly what they hate the most. Then again, I’ve never credited liberals with having an overabundance of brains.