Yet another closed topic from the CRTC and another note. This is supposedly the only telecom decision to come out this week from the CRTC and it is a very important one. Why the details of such an important and integral part of defining QOS standards for providers in this country would be closed off to public submissions and scrutiny is beyond me.
The CRTC is continuing with these backwards steps under the leadership of Mr. Ian Scott. During his tenure, they have repeatedly clawed back at the progress Mr. Blais made in regards to ruling in the best interests of Canadians and, while doing the bare minimum to only make favorable decisions in the best interest of the public when they have absolutely no alternative but to do so but have gone even further and have repeatedly closed the doors from public intervention on key topics. They have also severely delayed the most important decision of all in regards to tariffs for IISP access to FTTH infrastructure thereby leaving absolutely ridiculous interim rates stand and locking out the only competition this country has in this field and creating an undue hardship for every IISP provider as the IISP simply cannot compete in the marketplace due to these outrageous tariffs that are currently imposed.
The scariest part about all of this is Mr. Scott's strategy seems to be working. Once in a while release a decision that, in everyone's mind, should have been a favorable one for the Canadian consumer and the intervenors on the behalf of the Canadian consumer anyways and then close the doors on the ones that are not going to be favorable in hopes of sliding them in under the radar.
This has certainly snowed a lot of people in the industy--most notably Mr. Michael Geist who provided praise to the CRTC for granting intevenor fees in a recent decision that took them a year to release and have several other similar type decisions on their docket even older than that. It is to the point that some of these special interest groups may have to close their doors due to the CRTC's lack of a timely decision in adjudicating costs incurred by these groups on our behalf.
This is completely unacceptable behavior for the CRTC and not only should they not receive praise for doing so, we need to be more critical than ever. Why was this decision issued when they have much older items on their docket (2+ years) awaiting adjudication? Why are they repeatedly closing doors form public intervention on key issues that affect every single Canadian consumer? Why, all of a sudden, has the CRTC adopted an anti-consumer, anti-intevenor and anti-transparency policy?
Now is not the time for praise for the CRTC, now is time for accountablility and public outcry. Things have take an apparent and alarming path from within the CRTC and, contrary to Mr Geist's puff piece, the country as a whole should be very concerned about the path the CRTC has chosen under the leadership of Mr. Ian Scott--a very well known lobbyist for the very industry he is supposed to be protecting our interests from.
It is completely obvious to me which side of the table Mr Scott sits on, how can you not see this Mr. Geist?