The US Justice Department is investigating whether cable operators are improperly suppressing competition through data caps (or metered billing). The data caps are being labeled as 'anticompetitive', suggesting that their motives could be to dissuade consumers from cheaper Internet-based viewing options instead of pricier content distributed through cable.
Here in Canada we stopped metered billing from being imposed on indie ISPs and every Canadian (http://bit.ly/wTkiuq), but data caps are still in place and seem to be getting worse. We're continuing to push the CRTC to fix this (more on this soon), but do you think our government should also investigate whether metered billing is anti-competitive? Do you think big telecom are imposing data caps as a way of making online video more expensive so we continue to subscribe to uneccessary TV services?
The last time we checked in with the controversial CISPA Bill, it had been rushed through a vote in the US House of Representatives and passed. The implications of CISPA included a broad definition of shared data with government, liberal abilities of using personal information and warrantless invasions of privacy. Just a few days ago, our coalition partners at @EFF shared new revisions to CISPA that heed to our calls for greater Internet openness and address these privacy vulnerabilities.
From its inception the Internet has been about us: the users. Yet time and time again old government and industry bureaucracies have tried to restrict Internet freedom.
Their latest effort comes in the form of the TPP’s Internet trap. This extreme and secretive scheme is an attempt by giant entertainment conglomerates to blanket new Internet restrictions on several countries at once, all while avoiding the democratic process. They failed to push similar schemes through SOPA/PIPA and other initiatives in other countries, and now the TPP is their best chance to lock down our Internet use.
A little over two weeks ago, we launched a campaign with SumOfUs and a coalition of groups, to push against the TPP. We didn’t know what to expect—OpenMedia is small non-profit organization that tries to punch above its weight, sure, but taking on something this big is new territory for us.
Our very own Reilly Yeo and Steve Anderson write about how the TPP's Internet trap would create a "world where you could receive a fine, and possibly be dragged before a judge, just for clicking on the wrong link and where big media companies could demand your private online information."
We're working on a plan to scale up our campaign. Let us know if you have any ideas or input.
Pro-Internet Australians are expressing some heavy concerns about the TPP. Writer and comedian Dan Ilic went on Ten News to talk about the dangers of this secretive international trade agreement, and how it truly is an Internet trap. Check it out and share it around to spread the word about the issue and the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net/
According to the The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind the TPP’s Internet trap will make life worse for people with disabilities. It’s amazing that the lobbyists behind the deal can sleep at night. We have to stop them.
Press Release from the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind:
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) supports the launch of the Fair Deal cause to highlight the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its implications on copyright.