Netflix exec: Canada’s broadband caps “almost a human rights violation”


Low broadband caps in Canada put that country close to third-world countries, and overage charges almost amount to human rights violations: Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos blasted broadband caps and usage-based-billing employed by Canadian ISPs during an investor event Thursday afternoon.

Well, That’s embarrassing for us.

  • gjgustav

    This is obviously a case of the big 3 protecting their turf from Netflix. However, it should be noted that the CRTC gave Netflix an exception from paying into Canadian media production funds that, as content distributors, Rogers, Shaw, and Bell must pay into. (I’m not sure on Telus).

    To fix this, the CRTC needs to level the playing field for content distributors, take control of the infrastructure (that taxpayers funded anyway), and sell the bandwidth to all providers at a set rate with publicized buildout plans for future proofing. Only then will we see decent service from the Internet providers.

  • EVula

    Well, I’m certainly glad they didn’t say anything hyperbolic.

  • This is from last year, Shawn. 🙂

    For what it’s worth, I’ve never come anywhere near my bandwidth cap, despite downloading multi-GB installs of Xcode several times a month sometimes.

    • Son of a bitch….Why did it pop up on my RSS feed then? Sorry about that. 🙁

      • I doubt anyone minds much. That quote is worth remembering. Sheesh. 🙂

  • JDSoCal

    In related news, unlimited access to other people’s infrastructure is apparently a human right.

    • Moeskido

      Who paid for that infrastructure to get built in the first place?

  • while i think this is still true, cogeco’s best option for me is 275GB per month but it still comes out to $60 plus $1 per GB overage.