Internet Billing - Heiko Decosas
It's hard to believe that just eighteen years ago -- back in 1993 -- we were only beginning to grasp what the Internet could do for us. Today, the Internet is an integral part of the global economy, a powerful political tool, and something many couldn't imagine living without. That's partly why the cost of Internet access has been at the centre of a national debate for the past week.
The debate was sparked by the CRTC's decision to approve what's known as "usage-based billing." Then Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement tweeted that Ottawa wouldn't accept the ruling. And the CRTC is now reviewing its decision and has put out a call to Canadians asking them to weigh in with their opinions.
Today we look at the implications of the different ways of charging for Internet access and we also ask if the Internet should be treated more like a utility or even a human right.
And we began with a visit to the Dream Seeds Project in Vancouver, a project meant to help young women improve their lives... among other things... offering a place to go to access the internet. Freelance broadcaster Heiko Decosas talked to women at the Dream Seeds Project in Vancouver.
Internet Billing - Steve Anderson & Leonard Waverman
The CRTC is considering an online forum to solicit thoughts on how to pay for Internet access. So to help us think through what's at stake, we're joined by two people. Steve Anderson is the President of OpenMedia.ca. It's a not-for-profit, non-partisan group that has launched a petition against the CRTC's ruling. He'll be appearing before to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology tomorrow. He was in Vancouver. And Leonard Waverman is the Dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He's also the creator of the Connectivity Scorecard, an index that ranks countries according to how advanced their communications networks are in promoting productivity and economic growth. He was in Phoenix, Arizona.
Last Word - Theo Fleury
We ended the program today with a word from the man who will be this week's Friday Host of The Current. Theo Fleury played 14 seasons in the NHL ... first with the Calgary Flames and later with the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers. He was a prolific scorer and a notoriously tough competitor.
At the end of the 1999-2000 season, Theo Fleury entered a league-operated program for treating substance abuse. He later said that he had struggled for a long time with alcohol and drug abuse and that he had been sexually abused as a child.
Theo Fleury will be our Friday Host this week for a special edition of the The Current that will look at the epidemic of concussions in hockey, the changing demographics of Canadian hockey and a discussion of how men deal with sexual abuse suffered in childhood and adolescence. And by way of introduction, we aired a reading from his autobiography, Playing With Fire.
Other segments from today's show: