But we know that access and affordability of Internet and wireless are real issues for many. Broadband coverage is uneven across the country. We pay some of the highest rates in the world.
Our government wonít increase the cost of these services to Canadians by imposing a new tax.
Yet a couple of weeks later, Joly has faced sustained criticism over her policy, particularly the Netflix deal. While much of the criticism is unfounded Ė the cries of level playing fields are misleading Ė Joly seems ready to placate some of the Quebec-based criticism by reviving the ďdeadĒ Internet tax policy. In a report in Le Devoir, Joly indicated a forthcoming review by the CRTC will consider which players should contribute to the system to ensure sustainability and financing. She added that the government wants companies that benefit from new business models to participate in financing and promised to reform telecom and broadcast legislation to allow for new funding.
The comments will breath new life into those with visions of taxing Internet access, regardless of the negative impact on affordable access for Canadians
Melanie Joly Can't Seem to Quit the Idea of an Internet Tax - Michael Geist