Access To Affordable Broadband and Net Neutrality

Policy number:
2016-8-3
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the topics of Broadband and Internet are relatively new to seniors, and

WHEREAS there is an increasing reliance on electronic/digital communications by governments, agencies and much commerce happens by digital devices, and

WHEREAS seniors are a significant group of home internet users, and

WHEREAS social isolation is identified as a contributing factor in deteriorating seniors’ health

Policy:
That the leadership of the National Pensioners Federation arrange for educational materials about the relevance of ‘Broadband and Net Neutrality’ and the implications of zero rating be compiled and made available to member organizations. This can be done through the newsletter.

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Broadband and Net Neutrality

Policy number:
2016-8-2
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS access to ‘broadband’ – home internet – is important across all ages and for seniors most important, and

WHEREAS surveys show that people 55+ were most likely to bundle broadband with telephone and/or TV service and less likely to switch internet providers; and

WHEREAS seniors are uniquely affected by wireline broadband, and

WHEREAS broadband is a “basic telecommunications service”

Policy:
That the leadership of the National Pensioners Federation make representations to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission [CRTC] as well as lobby government:

That broadband as part of “basic telecommunications service” is vital for everyone but particularly seniors.
Access must be made universally available and affordable in all communities across Canada.
The minimum speed for such service must be 10 Mbps [megabits per second] download and 1 Mbps upload.

Section:
Additional policies
Result:
/content/npf-applauds-crtc-announcement (CRTC announcement)

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Net Neutrality & Zero-Rating

Policy number:
2016-8-1
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the law of “common carriage” has applied to public utility-like services such telecommunications since the telegraph and common carriage means the “carrier” (telco or ISP) must:

  • Serve all customers who want service
  • Charge “just and reasonable” rates, made public
  • Treat/charge all customers equally (no unjust discrimination)
  • Provide service with “due care” (adequate quality); and

WHEREAS the increasing practice of “Zero-rating” infringes on policy of “Net Neutrality” which favours decentralization, individuality, autonomy and free speech, and

WHEREAS the communications industry exerts enormous pressure on governments and regulators

Policy:
That the leadership of the National Pensioners Federation make representations to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission [CRTC] and lobby government to ensure that the federal government and Members of Parliament are informed about our concerns regarding the importance of regulations supporting net neutrality and support of citizens;

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