[kwlug-disc] Hitting Bell / Rogers where it hurts?
jvj at golden.net
Thu Feb 3 08:53:20 EST 2011
On 2011-02-03 08:26, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> Internet infrastructure is [ edit ] like hydro and water and the roads.
Roads? The 407 is the hands of private enterprise. So are the railways
for that matter. The tracks that run through KW have been leased to the
Goderich-Exteter Railway by CN. I believe that GEXR owns outright other
sections of its tracks in the area. GEXR is a subsidiary of RailAmerica,
a US based railway operator. IMO: The name GEXR has a 'nice' local touch
and is used to mask the foreign ownership.
My point. Europe is moving away from the public PTT (Post Telephone
Telegraph) model towards a private model. Canada's prairie provinces,
too, moved (or are moving) away from their versions of the public PTT
model. AGT (Alberta Government Telephone) morphed into Telus and the
Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) was privatized into MTS Allstream. I do
not know what is happening with SaskTel w.r.t privatization. Nor do I
know what is happening in the Maritimes. Telcoms in BC has been
privately held for a few decades. (Contrary to popular belief, Bell
Canada is not a national monopoly as it is not the major carrier in all
parts of Canada.)
IMO: We will not see nationalization of the internet infrastructure in
whole or it part anytime soon. But we should not relax in our efforts to
lobby for fair billing - whatever that may be.
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