Trump advisor slams Canada’s recent zero rating decision


  • Tyler Hardeman

    Zero Rating Objectively hurts innovation, but ok.

    • Jim__R

      What metrics are being applied that demonstrate the objective nature of your assertion?

    • Mad-elph

      [Warning there is some speculation in this comment so don’t jump no me to defend it with facts.]
      Zero Rating is designed to benefit incumbent services who can afford to strike deals with carriers. Let us not assume these deals for zero-rating are done by the carrier altruistically. There certainly is a quid-pro-quo. Is it payola, I don’t know, but it may not be cash, it could be database info. They way the US recently allowed ISPs to mine and potentially sell your browsing history, but this was prohibited in Canada, this could be another means to get at user data.

      Beyond that, innovation is hurt because incumbent services maintain a cheap avenue of client acquisition. If Spotify sucks but you get it for free/or it doesn’t count towards your data usage, you are more likely to use it than a better service.

  • Jim__R

    AFAICT, the EU disallows zero-rating.

    E.g., google “Europe’s net neutrality guidelines seen as a victory for the open web”
    [mobilesyrup didn’t seem to like me including a URL, hence the above]

    As such, I’m not sure what Layton is talking about.

  • TheTechSmith

    She talks like she should be on Fox News. Offensive.

  • vn33

    Sometimes I just feel like whacking the current US Administration with some softwood lumber!!

    • Jason

      And throw milk on their suits

  • 我只想默默的拜读您的博客!

  • ciderrules

    So she calls India backwards? Way to lose all credibility.

    • Badwithnames14

      It smells subtlely of racism

  • Jim Tugwell

    If you don’t want to play byOur Canadian rules then stay south of the border. We do not bow to usa!

    • cantbanthisguy

      Trudeau does though… He bends right over for Trump.

    • Troublemaker

      Trudeau is a saint, Harper bent over to US for everything.

  • If the Trump administration is critical of our policies we must be on the right track!
    Thanks CRTC for looking out for the citizens and not just the corporate lobbyists! 😀

    • Spencer Navarra-Chew

      I was going to say: it’s always nice to have independent verification that the CRTC ruled correctly.
      If Trump cronies disagree with a decision, we’re probably going the right direction.

  • GordyDevice

    What gives, a PhD and does she not know that the Netherlands and Slovenia are part of the EU?

    Recent developments in the Netherlands:
    “The operator argued under European regulations zero-rating is permitted
    as long as no distinction is made between several similar services. It
    added Datavrije Muziek allowed customers to stream free music from a
    number of different sources.”

    Google “T-Mobile Netherlands wins zero-rated data appeal”

    Stay away from our internet!

    • Laer

      I can live with service agnostic zero rating. AKA, you zero rate Spotify, then all music streaming is zero rated. This is consumer friendly but it still severely hinders start-up services that fall through the cracks.

      As a consumer I am willing to trade savings from agnostic zero rating for better and more diverse third party services (start-ups).

    • cantbanthisguy

      Most likely a phd in under desk trump-stump pulling 🙂

  • cantbanthisguy

    We need to throw up a wall at the 49th Parallel to keep the Trumpites out…

    • Spencer Navarra-Chew

      And make them pay for it? ????

  • Jason

    Isn’t she also the one who a few weeks ago took a $2.5 million donation from AT&T/Verizon?

  • Dear Commenters, I have spent the last four years studying net neutrality and zero rating at Aalborg University in Denmark. You can read my research here and
    I am one of few academics who made empirical studies of zero rating and free data, which I submitted in the CRTC’s recent preceding. My goal is to encourage regulators to use evidence based approaches to policy, for example by studying internet traffic data can help verify independently whether zero rating is deterring entrants to the marketplace of harming competing applications.

    My research documents that at least 10 million people use zero rated internet services for AIDS and
    prenatal care. In developing countries, some 2000 women and children die each day in childbirth, deaths that are largely preventable through prenatal care enabled in part through free internet messaging. AIDS sufferers rely on similar services to to ensure their medications are not fake. While many mhealth mobile apps have been launched, some never get traction because users can’t afford the cost of a subscription.

    FYI I lived in India and experienced the country first hand. Sadly in 2016 India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) banned the very technologies that allow the poor to access health care information for free. Meanwhile India’s neighbors employ free data and have significantly higher rates of Internet adoption among their poor. It’s odd that TRAI took such a turn after having created one of the world’s great regulatory stories. Beginning in 1999, TRAI liberated the mobile market with differential pricing, and a decade later subscriptions had increased 500 times while prices fell by 95 percent. In spite of its software industry success, India still has one of the lowest rates of Internet adoption of any country. After India, Canada has probably the most restrictive regime in the world on zero rating.

    • Zero-rating, in this context, doesn’t mean what you think it does.

    • Bill___A

      Everybody has their causes. These may be the causes for you. Others might say that everyone should access different things. It creates a big mess. Some countries have Facebook for free, others have Blackberry messaging for free. In Canada, we have several ways for most Canadians to get free internet. Libraries allow free computer use, many businesses have free hot spots. Internet providers have special programs to give internet access to those on a lower income at very little cost. We also have a national health system where people can get information and care on these items you have mentioned. At the end of the day, everyone has their own list of items they want to access “free”. I don’t think your arguments have sufficient merit. We are not a backward country because we did not follow your particular biased recommendations.

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