2412 Main Street
September 27, 2012
I am writing to you today to express my concern for the future of internet access in Canada.
As a constituent and student of a web design program at Capilano University, my career endeavors depend on fair and unrestricted access to the internet. Besides my own self-interests, I believe that universal internet access is the most important social resource that humans have ever developed. For the first time in our existence, we potentially have the means to empower all individuals, end ignorance and foster universal empathy.
At this time, I do not feel confident that our federal government is at all concerned with maintaining a free, open internet for Canadians. I worry that the CRTC is not immune to the influence of the big media lobby and that there isn’t a strong safeguard in place to ensure the basic principles of Net Neutrality. The Conservative policy of letting the telecom market run its course will essentially lead to further corporate-imposed limitations on our internet access such as tiered content and bandwidth throttling.
Allow me say that I applaud the work of you and your colleagues in the New Democratic Party for voicing your support for Net Neutrality. It is encouraging to see representatives in Ottawa who are truly interested in the concerns of the average consumer. I see that you personally support the non-profit organization openmedia.ca and it shows that you are in touch with the subject.
I would be grateful if you continued to pursue this as a high-priority commitment. I noticed that the Green Party has included a policy on Net Neutrality in its official platform. Is there a chance that the NDP can do the same, so that constituents are reassured that it will continue to be an important issue? Also, are there any plans in the near future to reintroduce a bill similar to C-552 which would lay the foundations for stable Net Neutrality in Canada?
Thank you very much for taking the time to listen to my concerns. I look forward to hearing back from you.
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