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Re: [d@DCC] Fwd: Say no to an Internet tax

From: Nora von Gerichten <wlg _-at-_ pacificcoast.net>
To: "General Copyright Discussions (questions, organizing, etc)" <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:24:45 -0700
References: <1036656642.-1628974126@qb.qbDB.mail.salsalabs.com> <87357f3d-7162-f6e6-59b9-b9737c291bb0@cyblings.on.ca>

I need my home internet for my teaching job as well as some on-line  
courses to keep abreast of what is happening in the classroom. Here in  
Vancouver, rents have trippled (or more) since last summer. The rents  
for green grocers has also increased, causing food to double in price.  
I cannot sustain more increases be they taxes or service charges or  
international billionairs cashing in on lax Canadian laws.

I am not in a position to donate a dime, as I have been squeezed of  
all disposable income plus more.

1 gb is a joke. That is like telling me to quite my job because too  
many people are downloading movie crap. I am fighting way, way too  
hard to keep my head above water as it is. More taxes will break me.




Quoting krishna e bera <keb@cyblings.on.ca>:

> I think i'm willing to pay an ISP bandwidth tax similar to the blank
> media tax, but *only if* it makes me immune to copyright infringement
> (aka sharing) lawsuits and prosecutions. (Legal enforcement of DRM
> should be removed regardless.)  Obviously, not all bandwidth is
> copyright infringement just as not all blank media are used for that,
> but some oft-quoted figures said bittorrent is ~40% of internet usage.
>
> They could add a threshold amount before tax starts (maybe 1GB) so that
> low income users can do essential communication.  Or add an amount to
> the HST rebate, or add it to a Basic Income.
>
> Feel free to tell me what is wrong with the above trade-off...
>
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: 	Say no to an Internet tax
> Date: 	Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:34:09 -0400 (EDT)
> From: 	Josh Tabish - OpenMedia <contact@openmedia.org>
>
>
> OpenMedia
>
> Dear Krishna E,
>
> Inside sources have just informed us that Canadian Heritage Minister
> Mélanie Joly might propose a tax^1 on Internet service providers (ISPs)
> that would hamper innovation, reduce access and *increase your Internet
> bill*.^2
>
> This proposal could be introduced in the next few weeks. If enough of us
> speak up then we can put a stop to this backwards-thinking that will
> cost the average Canadian – delivering *higher internet prices* than we
> are already burdened with.^3
>
> We need to act now to put a stop to this.
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=jOylwjUNizbFw28NDL2mSW862KsTfKFt>
>
> We are launching a campaign
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=2yBBje59bNtArAxhrSq6EG862KsTfKFt>
> to make sure this doesn’t happen. What are we going to do? Provide a
> detailed and hard-hitting petition to bring the signatures of thousands
> of Canadians like you to our meeting with Minister Joly’s team at
> Canadian heritage the first week of November.
>
> We will produce a policy intervention to not only lay out why this
> strategy is wrong for Canada but provide alternatives to address not
> only our community’s concerns but help support Canadian culture and
> content. But we won’t be able to *without your support*.
>
> Will you help us fund this new campaign to combat an Internet tax?
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=7vA99m0tsLE%2FSvM0FOtpPW862KsTfKFt>
>
> Thank you for all you do,
> Josh Tabish
> Campaigns Director - OpenMedia
>
> /P.S. Want to learn more? See our footnotes below./
>
> *Footnotes: *
> [1] New digital taxes may be the future of Cancon. Source: Globe and
> Mail
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=c6B5a1ztRKVPhy%2BALpkFOW862KsTfKFt>
>
>
> [
> http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/new-digital-taxes-may-be-the-future-of-cancon/article32320580/?1476721486747
>   ]
>
> [2] Stop the federal government before it taxes everything on the
> Internet. Source: Financial Post
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=sN6W9MzcHbS8A25b%2FgCVQW862KsTfKFt>
> [3] Canadian mobile phone bills still rank among most expensive in G7:
> CRTC report. Source: Financial Post
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=MRWtO5gMKscK5rpmA4HHWG862KsTfKFt>
> [4] A similar tax was rejected in Hungary after mass protests. Read more
> at BBC.com
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ia8MynFz3hpYDYGoEgGDMG862KsTfKFt>
>
> OpenMedia
> <http://qb.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=L2wsZGcvcXbs3Hbtf%2BwD%2F2862KsTfKFt>
>
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