Interventions Phase 2: Intervenor 509

Document Name: 2015-134.226893.2519087.Interventions Phase 2(1hzqn01!).html

Broadband in this country, both cellular and cabled, is dominated by one or 2 monopolistic share holders. There are really only 2 ways to get internet into the home, twisted pair and coaxial cable. Despite being present in the city right of way, we consider it acceptable for these to be privately owned. This is a mistake, because it ensures that a duopoly has total control over Canadian internet access. Although there are provisions that enable third parties to lease these lines, it is within the cost and conditions of the cable owners. They have to set a "fair" price which often means fair to their wallet. Moreover, these companies providing internet are also providing content which means their interests don't align with the general public. They may provide an internet connection, but only as a means of consuming their content (this is especially apparent for IPTV services). If I pay for an internet connection, I want to pay for that and that only. I can then choose and pay for my content provider separately. Isn't it convenient that these streaming IP TV services don't run afoul with the data caps that are on regular internet connections. It is my opinion that the major internet providers (Shaw, Rogers, Bell, Telus, etc....) should be forcibly split in to separate entities. One which provides internet services and one which sells content over that internet. I would not be opposed to that internet service providing entity being publicly owned.