Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chart: Canadians Get Worst Deal Of Anyone On Wireless

Wireless providers make more revenue off of Canadians than people anywhere else, a new survey has found.

The predictable result? Canadians have among the lowest rates of mobile data usage, among 32 countries surveyed by Swedish telecom consultancy Tefficient.

“The most expensive mobile data countries are Canada, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and the Netherlands and — as a consequence — mobile users in these countries are using very little mobile data,” Tefficient said in its report.

On average, Canadian telcos make around $60 per month per mobile subscriber, compared to less than $21 per month per subscriber in the U.S. The average American mobile subscriber uses twice as much data per month as the average Canadian.

Introduce unlimited data or risk ‘downward spiral’

Telecoms may believe that they can make up for low data usage by charging more for data, but that could lead to a “downward spiral where operators alienate customers [and] find that their mobile behaviour is more and more Wi-Fi centric,” the report said.

“One could expect that the fastest growth — relative to the usage level — would be seen in low usage countries. On the contrary, our analysis finds that growth is faster in higher usage countries where operators have introduced unlimited (or very generous) mobile data propositions.”

Original Article
Author: Daniel Tencer

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