It is finally my last entry for the Jotting Journal! I have learned an abundant amount of information in Doctor Strangelove’s Media Industries class this semester, so I’ll be using my last posting to highlight some of my favourite lecture topics or pieces of information.
I really enjoyed Bruce Campbell and Marita Moll’s “Taking the Top off the Jellybean Jar: The SPP Regulatory Framework Agreement and Current Changes in Canadian Telecommunications Regulation”, as it discussed the Regulatory Cooperation Framework Agreement and how it too works for the numerous regulatory harmonization schemes existing in our beloved country. This is an issue and the authors address this.
Personally, I have never given much thought about harmonization up until reading For Sale to the Highest Bidder: Telecom Policy in Canada. It is truly something that all Canadians must be aware about to make certain that Canada is still in the hands of Canadians and Canadian aspirations and policies continue to be of importance. We are considering harmonization here, essentially, as the attempt to make parallel the telecommunication policies of the United States with Canada’s. What also caught my eye and I felt was very alarming was the claim that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government right now is devoted to deregulation (p.31). It is not simply various government officials that are advocating and working towards deregulation but it is our current government in power and this thought conjures up instant worry.
Campbell and Moll also draw attention to the fact that the larger and more powerful countries, such as the United States can bend the rules when it comes forcing the government of developing countries to undertake a deregulatory approach. The powerful countries do this by using rather ambiguous treaty rules (p.29). These are just a couple of warnings that are given regarding deregulation and ultimately, it is our responsibility; the citizens and the educated, to keep ourselves informed on the matter and do what we can to make it known that deregulation is not advantageous for Canada. After all, we have heard multiple times in class that the United States policies and initiatives are not exactly successful ones and with deregulation, we will be losing much of what we cherish in our country – our independent and culture-oriented telecommunications system.
I also enjoyed learning about net neutrality and I appreciate the concept being taught in class because a number of my other classes would mention the term; however, it would not be adequately explained or expanded on. I never felt like I cared a great deal about the internet or the rules that surround its use but truth be told, I now realize that as a University student relying heavily on internet use and making my way into a world that depends just as much or more on the internet, I should care what happens to it. Furthermore, now that I’m aware that internet neutrality is at risk for being more controlled and that the information could be much more constrained, I see a need. We need net neutrality in order to have the freedom and the wide and fair access to the world’s information that we have had and been grateful for, online.
Those are just two of the many topics that I enjoyed being enlightened on this semester. The information, no matter how frightening at some points, is extremely crucial to have. Thank you for a great semester. I hope everyone who has taken the time to read our blog has enjoyed reading it as much as we have enjoyed writing it!