Canada’s broadband caps ‘almost a human rights violation’

There’s no love lost between Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Canada’s big Internet providers: “It’s almost a human rights violation what they’re charging for internet access in Canada,” Sarandos said during the Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment conference in Los Angeles Wednesday.

You said it, brother!

  • JDSoCal

    LOL, now cheap Internet is a human right! Lawdy.

    • gjgustav

      No, it’s almost a human right. 😉

  • No

    If Broadband is human right then how come government is taxing it like it is a luxury.

  • Canucker

    Too true. The concentration of both broadband and cable/satellite TV in Canada into a handful of companies (getting worse) makes breaking through with technologies stifling.

  • NS Dweller

    Eastlink in NS is not too bad. Not sure if they even have a cap…

    • E K

      Easlink 20 (is what I am on) is not capped, however easlink 40-200 have a 250GB cap.

  • MacsenMcBain

    If anyone was wondering what “first world problems” are- this is one of ’em.

    • Not if you’re unemployed and need to apply for a job.

      • MacsenMcBain

        The article talks about a cap kicking in at 15GB. How big is your resume, exactly?

        • A lot of jobs now require prospects to apply online.

          • Boo

            Here in Canada, public libraries have free internet access and there are countless places that help people find work that also provide it.

          • Congratulations. You live in a country that still provides needed public services.

            Here in the U.S., conservatives attempting to create fake budget crises in every state are cutting public library funding every chance they get.

          • Boo

            The article and comments related to Canadian access not American public services and politics.

            Fake budget crises? Buddy, you have entire cities going bankrupt in your country and those cities are generally run by democrats. Last time I checked your president wasn’t conservative and Bush was not conservative by any stretch of the imagination, he just pandered to them.

            Also, if your going to rely on the government to take care of you , you are doomed. Even the main free computer lab at the main public library in my city, a provincial capital not some back water village, was partially paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

          • Thank heaven for the beneficent hand of charitable billionaires, then. Too bad they couldn’t teach you a bit of history, too.

          • Boo

            History? This stuff is still in the news and Bush was derided by many in his own party for his excesses in spending. Cutting public funding does not make you a conservative.

  • satcomer

    Well the biggest thing eating up bandwidth is HD video! So maybe things like Blu-Ray aren’t dead yet thanks to bandwidth caps.

  • The fact that the fiefdoms of 20th Century TV (via cable/satellite) are the same ones who are in control of next generation content delivery IS a big problem. Though maybe the CRTC didn’t see it back when Rogers/Bell/Shaw were gobbling up local ISPs 10 years ago, it should be VERY clear now that it’s a conflict of interest stifling innovation in new forms of distribution. The foxes are indeed guarding the hen house very carefully.

    It’s no different that when Hollywood studios were forced to sell off their theatre chains in the 50s.