Unending Trouble & Unending Petitions

End Data Caps

Source: End Data Caps | OpenMedia

Please sign the petition that the link leads to. If you don’t think we’re being ripped off (and it stands poised to get worse), then, I’m sorry to say, you’re just not paying attention. The video below focusses on the US, but the problem isn’t just there.

From “Broadband CEOs Admit Usage Caps Are Nothing More Than A Toll On Uncompetitive Markets,” by Karl Bode, the following:

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Time and time again, we’ve noted how the broadband industry’s justifications for usage caps just don’t hold water. And while the industry used to falsely claim that caps were necessary due to congestion or to save us all from the bullshit “exaflood,” the industry has slowly but surely stopped using any justification at all for what’s really just glorified rate hikes on uncompetitive markets…

But over the last year, we’ve seen more and more broadband industry executives making it abundantly clear that usage caps just aren’t necessary. For example, Dane Jasper, CEO of independent California ISP Sonic, this week made it clear that there’s simply no good justification for caps as the cost to provide broadband services continues to drop. Apparently, you’ll be shocked to learn, the “exaflood” was just a bogus bogeyman concocted to help ISPs scare regulators into turning a blind eye to price gouging:

“The cost of increasing [broadband] capacity has declined much faster than the increase in data traffic,” says Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic, an independent ISP based in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Jasper, of course, has reason to challenge his much larger rivals. However, he also backed up his argument with real numbers. A few years ago Sonic (formerly Sonic.net) spent about 20 percent of its revenue on basic infrastructure. Since then, the cost of routers, switching equipment and other related gear declined so much that Jasper says the company’s infrastructure costs are now only a bit more than 1.5 percent of its revenue.

For this reason, Sonic has no plans to impose data caps, according to Jasper.

And though Sonic tends to have more consumer friendly policies overall, Jasper’s not alone in admitting this.
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The quote, in italics, used in Bode’s above article is from Bill Snyder’s article titled “What big ISPs don’t want you to know about data caps.”

From “Whatever Happened To The Exaflood?” by Mike Masnick, the following:

If you remember, about five years ago, a bunch of astroturfing and front groups for the broadband companies started spreading this myth that the internet was facing a catastrophe known as the the exaflood, in which internet traffic would swamp capacity and the internet would sputter to a crawl. They talked about things like “brown outs” where so much traffic would make the internet difficult to navigate. Of course, it was all FUD and scare tactics to hide the real intent: to allow the telcos to put more tollbooths on the internet, to double charge some popular internet companies, and to generally try to avoid investing in basic infrastructure.

“‘Wireless propaganda’ and the lame denials it inspires” by Peter Nowak

You own a fracking oil company

Then there’s the email I received from Friends Of The Earth. This email was from John Bennet, FOE’s Senior Policy Advisor. Click on the above image to go to the petition which you may want to sign when you read about this:

We can report a successful first step at the biennial CPP members’ meeting. Over half the questions asked dealt with climate risk, fossil fuel investments, and buying a fracking oil company. That’s because you and other concerned Canadians signed the petition and sent the CPP your questions.

Mind you, we didn’t get the right answers, and that’s the reason we need your help in taking this campaign forward.

Mark Wiseman, the out-going CEO, told the audience on Monday that CPP management is very aware of climate risk and it informs all their investment decisions. He and his colleagues fed us the standard patronizing lip-service that we have come to expect from a government institution.

No, he said, they didn’t bail out EnCana – they only make long term investments.

No, he said, they don’t believe divestment of fossil fuels is the way to go.

In essence, he told us “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

And with that kiss-off, the public outreach responsibility of the CPP is done for another two years.

But you and I know there’s a lot more to do in holding CPP to account for their investments in climate polluting industries. Like a fracking oil company.

Just two weeks ago, I wrote CPPIB, on behalf of Friends of the Earth, asking for a copy of the ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) report prepared to “inform” the CPP prior to their decision to purchase EnCana’s fracking operation.

It’s a reasonable question, isn’t it? If, as Mr. Wiseman said, climate risk, environmental and social concerns are considered, what were those considerations? Did the climate team raise questions about the lack of scientific uncertainty or widespread public opposition surrounding fracking in Colorado?

The answer: denial. “We don’t release confidential memos,” CPPIB told me.

Is this an acceptable answer from a public institution? Should CPPIB refuse to provide reasonable answers to the public?

Starting Monday, June 13th, there’s a new boss in town – Mark Machin takes over as CPP’s President and CEO. Will you help make sure climate risk is top of mind for him during his first week? We want him to hear directly from you in your own unique and heartfelt words. Ask him to live up to CPPIB’s commitment to transparency and send you CPP’s ESG report on the Encana oil fracking purchase.

Write to him at Mark Machin or leave a message for him at 1.866.557.9510 (it’s answered by a real person!) You might write or say something like this.

Congratulation on your new position. I’d like you to honour CPPIB’s transparency commitment by sending me the analysis of environment, social and governance issues prepared before the purchase of EnCana’s oil fracking operation.

And, please, sign the CPP petition. If you have already signed, invite at least two friends to sign it.

Next week I’ll tell you about 30 coal companies and your pension plan.

Thanks to you, we’ve had a great first step at CPPIB’s public meeting. Help us take the campaign to their new CEO now.

Sign the petition to tell Finance Ministers to climate risk proof your pension!


This is my letter, attached to the petition, to Mark Machin:

Hello. I’m a recipient of the palt[r]y CPP and a law-abiding citizen. I don’t earn a great deal and never have, for which reason my taxes aren’t in the stratoshpere. But I pay them all, unlike too many (whose lack of responsibility burdens the rest of us). I’m not a fan of neoliberal, mafia capitalism. I’m a victim of it, like the majority of Canadians, who should be more aware and upset than they are. I wish we had people’s Parties and governments. We don’t. What can I do about it? I can do nothing about it, but my army of angels is prepared. The faithless look to themselves – to imperfect, sometimes terrible, human beings, including lunatics who dream of nuclear war – for salvation from fascism and neoliberalism, because they have no choice. If you in fact reject God and his plan of salvation for imperfect humankind, then you’re left with either no hope or the false savior of imperfect humankind. On principle and because I’m not faithless, I expect that God will eventually deal with our manmade hell. He’s promised to bring to ruin those ruining the earth (Revelation chapter 11) and so I expect it. The worst part of that ruin is the permitted self-modification a lot of us engage in, where we reject God and seek to replace him, turn from the golden rule to embrace this dark world’s paradign of ‘riches for the strongest’, in which there has to be losers (the people, via austerity for example), and think that mass murder and destruction of the liveable earth are acceptable ways to make a living.

Mark Wiseman’s failure to hand over to John Bennett the statement of principles and guidelines governing CPP’s behavior apalls me. That Mark could get away with telling us to take what we get and go away, like that, says so much about the ruined state of the world, including the Canadian political class. You can’t slay the wild beast of corporatocracy you are a part of (possibly willingly), but your decisions, as with all of us, will determine your everlasting future. You will have one or, if you ‘request’ that it’s cut short, then you won’t. God forces no one to worship him and embrace his standards or even to live.

Think about it or don’t.

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One Response to Unending Trouble & Unending Petitions

  1. carol spencer says:

    Good on you! Canadians can’t have it both ways, investing in escalating climate change for returns or divesting to take concrete steps in slowing global warming.

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