Internet Drama in Canada. (Really.)

Let’s talk about internet policy! In Canada! Wow!

I am serious that there are useful lessons from the saga on home internet service in Canada. For Canadians, the system that promotes preferences and enhances better Internet service is incomplete, but what remains promising is about to crumble.

Many small internet providers in Canada increase their prices significantly and customers are likely to lose or shut down. The dream of more competition leading to better internet service for Canadians is on life support.

What’s happening in Canada shows why we need smart Internet policy to connect with strong government oversight to get a better and more affordable Internet for all – and it shows what happens when we lose it.

The U.S. has spoiled it for years, and that’s one of the reasons America’s Internet service stinks. Canada could be a real-world experiment of what happens when confused government regulation undermines Internet policy which has been largely effective.

Stay with me for Canada Home Internet Service lessons. The bottom line is that Canadians have something that is relatively novel for Americans: many people have the option of choosing a home Internet provider that they do not hate.

This is because in Canada – as in many countries, including Britain, Australia and Japan – companies that own the Internet pipeline need to lease out businesses that then sell Internet service to homes. Regulators keep a close eye on those rental costs and conditions to make sure they are reasonable.

Owners of Internet infrastructure in Canada and elsewhere do not like this approach. They generally say that if they are to share their infrastructure and potential profits from it, they have less incentive to improve and expand the Internet pipeline.

In the last 20 years the USA has largely not acted in this way. Large companies, such as Comcast and Verizon, own most of the Internet pipelines, and for the most part, there is no obligation to hire smaller companies that want to sell us services.

For the most part, mandatory and regulatory leasing of Internet pipelines is one reason Europeans pay far less for better Internet service than the United States, according to a 2020 analysis by New America, a left-leaning US think tank.

Canada’s internet service is still not good. But a 2019 analysis by a government agency found that while the country’s rent-access approach was flawed, it was largely effective in making Internet service more competitive and pushing companies toward lower costs and improving their network and customer service.

The main issue in Canada is the cost charged by the owners of the internet pipeline. Over the past few years, there have been legal and regulatory disputes over the cost and conditions for large companies to lease their pipelines. Smaller Canadian internet companies say infrastructure owners have misled regulators about how much it costs to build and maintain a network.

After some flip-flops from government officials, the result was that the country’s telecom regulator sided with the Internet pipeline owners. The government is preparing to levy significantly higher fees for small internet providers to lease pipelines to large companies. At least one such provider in Canada has already sold itself and said it will not be able to stay in business with the new rates.

Smaller internet providers say Canada is going to break a system that was serving customers better.

Geoff White, executive director of Competitive Network Operators Canada, a business group for small telecom service providers, said: White told me that it took years for the country’s Internet system to become more competitive and that “it has been torn to pieces.”

He and other critics of Canada’s Internet policy said regulators had suffered for years over the cost of renting Internet pipes to service providers and consumers. To be sure, determining the right price in any country is a complex analysis. Set the values ​​too low or too high and the system fails.

It is worth noting what happens in Canada. Unlike other essential services, including electricity and health care, great internet service does not happen by accident. It is a choice that requires a prudent mix of effective public policy and capitalism that can offer the best.


Tip of the week

Brian X, a consumer technology columnist for The New York Times. Chen is advised that he learned from his column this week about trying to fix his iPhone and failing in a memorable way.

I told my story of failure using Apple’s new self-repair program to install batteries in my iPhone 12, which involved renting repair machines worth 75 75. I made a stupid mistake that destroyed my screen. My fault, but it speaks to how much Apple machines don’t forgive. There is virtually no room for error.

However, I have been able to install batteries in my wife’s iPhone XS using iFixit’s more simple tool kit, a company that publishes instructions and sells DIY repair tools. Its battery replacement kit includes a tweezers, a screwdriver and plastic picks to cut the glue that seals the phone together.

If you want to try your own electronics repair I have hard earned money advice:

  • Practice: Any DIYer knows that it is rare to work perfectly for the first time. Mistakes are part of the learning process. Before trying to isolate your phone or laptop, look around for lower-stack gadgets to practice. Good candidates are the obsolete Kindle or the unused iPad.

  • Be organized. It is very important to keep track of what you are doing so that you can put the gadget together properly. With my wife’s iPhone, I took a photo before starting the repair and then labeled each screw I removed with the numbers. I put the screw in a paper tray labeled with the corresponding numbers.

  • Be slow and careful. Unlike the repairs we do on cars, bikes and plumbing, electronics are extremely fragile. Be delicate. Place your device on a soft object, such as a lint-free cloth, to avoid damage. Proceed slowly and mindfully to avoid cable tearing and unscrewing. This can actually lead to the realization of meditation.

If you succeed, hopefully everyone will find it valuable.

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