Look for the latest charge to appear soon on your Bell, Rogers, Telus, (or MTS, or SaskTel) bill by next year when Vic Toews Bill C-30 comes into effect. It may not be labeled as such, but you can think of the price increase as the “Child Predator Tax”. The misnamed “Lawful Access” cum “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act” Bill C-30 is going to require new hardware to be installed at all Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and you’re paying twice for its (inevitable) implementation.
For those too young, or naive, to remember the grossly inaccurate government estimate for the implementation of another electronic tracking system (No, not GIGAText), the Long Gun Registry (LGR), here’s some quick history to catch you up (with added highlighting):
Taxpayers were originally expected to pay only $2 million of the budget while registration fees would cover the rest. In 1995, the Department of Justice reported to Parliament that the system would cost $119 million to implement, and that the income generated from licensing fees would be $117 million. This gives a net cost of $2 million. At the time of the 2002 audit, the revised estimates from the Department of Justice were that the cost of the program would be more than $1 billion by 2004/05 and that the income from licence fees in the same period would be $140 million.
The Harper government meekly estimates the net cost to Internet consumers (you) to be $80,000,000 over the first four years (plus extra millions into the future). This is only 40 times more than the initial LGR estimated cost. Using the multiplier of $1B/$2M (500 times off) for the LGR to get to an expected (by me) final cost, puts the price tag closer to $80,000,000 * 500
= $40,000,000,000? Could this worst case be right?
Skynet can’t be that expensive to implement? Who wants this crap anyway? Oh, looks like everyone from English speaking colony countries do. Simultaneously. That’s sort of freaky. No?
In opposing the US pornography bill, Rep. John Conyers said :
“This is not protecting children from internet pornography. It’s creating a database for everybody in this country with a lot of other purposes.”