Here’s Aneesh Chopra, the Obama administration’s “technology czar” (as Glenn Beck would likely style him — although it should be noted that he’s been confirmed by Congress) — on the issue of net neutrality, affirming the present U.S. government’s commitment to ensure a level playing field when it comes to access and usage of America’s Internet infrastructure.
So where does the Harper government stand on this issue and what are they doing to provide similar high-level assurance that corporate interests won’t ruthlessly co-opt Internet bandwidth to give undue preference to commercial interests over those of private citizens, fledgling entrepreneurs, and others seeking parity on the web?
It may seem like kind of a sleeper issue, but maybe the Liberals should wake up to the reality of the fact that such issues are actually of great concern to many Canadians, especially those who work remotely or who depend on free and fair access to the Internet for their livelihood.
As a somewhat related aside, I’ve frequently stated that I will vote for ANY party that seriously commits to the total and complete elimination of SPAM in an effective manner (and I really don’t care what the rest of their policy platform consists of) as this is, in my opinion, an insidious, exploitative, and criminal activity that erodes productivity and does nothing but harm across the board.
By the way, the complete interview on C-SPAN’s The Communicators program can be viewed here. It’s actually quite interesting.