To the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission:
For a body that "does not regulate the rates, quality of service or business practices for Internet service providers" the CRTC has done a pretty fair job of sticking its nose in where it doesn't belong.
I'm referring to the Telecom Decision 2011-44 "Usage-based billing for Gateway Access Services and third-party Internet access services".
If this is beyond the CRTC's purview, how in the name of gawd are you rendering decisions in this area?
Doesn't matter, I guess, because this decision of the CRTC is abominable.
Leave it to a bureaucratic arm of the Canadian government to take a transformational tool like the Internet and fasten a meter upon its back, hobbling it, so that its once-limitless usefulness is finally limited.
The CRTC's decision merely passes on more cost to consumers.
What is the limit? When will bureaucrats and politicians realize that the Canadian citizenry isn't some hydra-headed dray horse created to be continually burdened with more and more costs simply to live our lives?
Probably never because Canadian politicians and bureaucrats live in the rarified, publicly-paid-for alternate reality where none of their decisions impact their own lives; what with stipends and perks and taxpayer provided everything.
The CRTC's reputation, already, is that of a whorish, ignorant, eminently stupid body whose decisions benefit corporations always to the detriment of ordinary Canadians.
Following the Telecom Decision 2011-44, no one at the CRTC can argue with that appraisal. No one.
With the Internet you've left me to use, I'm going to mobilize myself and others to disband and eradicate the useless CRTC, which is just a parking lot for patronage appointments.
May I say, in closing, that you put the "rat" in bureaucrat.