I try very hard not to use this site as my own personal soap box. Generally speaking, politics divide gamers almost as much as the games themselves. Sure, I have my own personal opinions, but who doesn’t? frankly though, you guys don’t care about my views and I like it that way.
With all of that said though, I wanted to take a minute and address a concern that’s been growing here in my home country of Canada. It seems that the CRTC (a blessedly shortened name for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), the branch of our government that regulates our entertainment, has given the green light to a proposal that would allow our cable companies, and more importantly our internet service providers, the right to charge per byte for internet usage... you know, the same way that the phone companies charge for 3G access.
As a gamer, and a general internet user, I take exception to even the vaguest idea that I should have to spend more, above and beyond my monthly internet bill, to continue to enjoy the same things that I’ve had access to without additional fees since the internet came into existence.
I know the argument: Why should grandma next door pay the same amount for enough bandwidth to check tomorrow’s weather and emails from the grandkids as I do to surf YouTube, play AAA MMOs, and do any of the other thousand and one download intensive activities I do on a daily basis?
My answer is this: Grandma’s internet usage is behind the times, I’m not ahead of them. If ISPs want to give Granny a break on her rates, then I have no problem with that, but don’t punish me for using the internet the same way that the rest of the world does.
In any case, I’m not going to bore you with details that don’t affect many of you. I just wanted to point those of you who are interested toward a group that’s trying to do something about this: