Will the Internet ever be borderless so that we can truly view, share and engage with any content anytime, anywhere? As it stands today, media and entertainment assets are negotiated on a country by country basis. In Canada for example, we cannot use HuLu as its content is not licensed for use here. What will it take for media and entertainment organizations to develop border-free business models that provide all consumers worldwide access to their content? And if this dream became a reality, how would it affect cultures? I would argue that Canadian content should be distributed and sold worldwide so that the world can appreciate our culture and talent. However, would our culture suffer in any way from an open Internet where all content from all other countries makes its way into our lives? I doubt it, as Canada is made up of a variety of cultures so such a business model would only enrich our worlds. To achieve the vision of a borderless Internet, drastic changes would need to be made to our policies and laws. So I don’t see this happening too fast but hope it can be a possibility.
The CRTC decided (detail of the rationale can be found here ) at the end of 2010 to allow Bell to charge ISP’s reselling Bell’s GAS (General Access Service) from March 2011 onward for each end-customer data utilization (individually rather than on an aggregated basis). In turn, the ISPs need to charge each of their customers in order to stay in business . Continue reading →
Basically, CableVision did not like/agree to pay Fox’s fees to retransmit Fox’ content so Fox cut them off. CableVision pointed their customers to free FOX online content and when FOX found out, they blocked CableVision’s Internet customers from being able to stream Fox’ online content!! Continue reading →