01.02.11 by Jeff

Internet now only for rich people!

This pretty much sums up the idiocy that is happening in Canada right now with regards to the future of our internet usage:

stop the meter internet usage based billing in canada

In my opinion the internet should be evolving into a more open and affordable environment, not a more expensive and inaccessible one. I can’t believe our Canadian government is allowing this to happen.

Canadian artists consider this:

“This also means that those who produce media-based art, and depend on the Internet to show the world their work, are less able to produce and disseminate their content freely. This means less innovation and more control of art, film, music, and other forms we may not yet know of!”

The only way to stop this is to rally together and email the leaders of our government, OpenMedia has made this really easy!

Already 250,000 people have spoken out against this. If you feel the same way I do, head over HERE. (it literally took me 2.5 seconds)





  • http://www.markstuckert.com Mark

    Thanks for posting dude

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    cheers mark!

    if anyone started paying for Netflix like I just did we will end up wasting our money if this goes through. streaming 4 hd movies or tv shows will put you over the cap

  • http://bencurious.co.nz ben

    Sounds like what they all ready do to us here in New Zealand, don’t let it happen!

  • Vanessa

    ridiculous-ness!

  • Jason

    If i mailed you a flash drive would you put the latest updates on it for me please ? I love your website but don’t want to be gouged for your content , or anyone else’s .

  • frank

    hope all goes well…

  • Ellen

    Two of my favorite djs on my cities (kalamazoo, MI, USA) underground college radio station were just talking about this last night! I’m so happy to see you posted about it! We can not let the freedom of information and communication existing presently on the web be in anyway hindered. Can I participate in that petition or does it only apply to Canadians?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      you could try to sign it with your own address i guess – i think just spreading the word is the biggest help so that as many canadians as possible get involved and more so that other country’s govt don’t head down the same road

  • Ellen

    Also, if it becomes too expensive do you have any way to out source? Like, a friend in Zurich or something?

  • Daniel

    oh well, as long as the government gets their bribe, who cares?

  • http://www.bingbangpouf.wordpress.com Marianne

    Same thing with cellphones… Companies in Canada are charging both ways (incoming and calling) is paying 2 times for one service !

  • http://cultureandchrome.tumblr.com Dan

    Had no idea it was that bad up there. One more reason I take America for granted.

  • http://www.thecooperbros.ca Ben

    Great perspective, thanks!

  • Eric

    I was hoping you’d post about this :)

  • eric

    how this is justifiable, i have no idea. straight bullshit

  • zhengdong

    This is ridiculous… not to mention the Internet speed here in Canada totally sucks.

  • http://laurghita.blogspot.com laurghita

    LOL, And here in the so called gypsy land, Romania, we are charged on all towns of the country with something near 30 CAD (Canadian dollars) per month value, is cheaper than it seems because for this amount of money per month we get UNLIMITED internet traffic at 4 megabites/second speed AND 40 TV channels AND free phone calls inside the country on the same cable.

  • http://www.behance.net/scottortner Scoots

    not even Canadian, and signed the petition…this is ricockulous….

    excuse my french:)

  • Kyle
  • imbeingopressed

    I’ll slip in with a negative here.

    They used to have around 250 GB caps, and now they’ve kicked it down to 25. That’s horrible, but it neglects the first part. Too many people were routinely breaking a 250 GB cap. That’s a ridiculous amount of data. That’s more data than most servers see in a year.

    There are tons of jerk-off that pirate tons of shit all day long. They don’t even have enough time to watch everything they own, but they still have a little downloading obsession. So they continue downloading entire seasons of shows they will probably never watch.

    Then they decide they need to do a backup to their dropbox. weekly. Store it locally? fuck that! Stick it in the cloud, man!

    It’s not a case of greedy companies so much as “this is why we can’t have nice things”. Imagine if they were doing it with a different resource, like water. 24/7 full blast. You’d fucking punch them in the balls.

    I’m a nerd. I run in the same internet circles as these people. And you know what they do when their internet gets capped? Start campaigns like this. Boo-fucking-hoo.

  • http://woj.com Ian Wojtowicz

    Well, they didn’t flip the switch this time, but it’s clear how easy it is. It’s time for people to start building their own data infrastructure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_community_network
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Homebrew-WISP–Wireless-ISP/