By Lindey Pinto
November 14, 2011
Paradis, the digital economy, and Tuesday's UBB decision
Paradis' announcement today frames this Industry Minister as one who will champion the digital economy. The last person to fill the role, Tony Clement, also attempted to adopt this frame; no move demonstrated this more than his pre-election decision to send the CRTC back to the drawing board on Internet metering. It will be interesting to see how Paradis reacts to tomorrow's decision.
In all this, it's also easy to forget that Canada still lacks a Digital Economy Strategy—it's been over two years since the government promised to deliver one—and that we're also missing a plan to increase Internet penetration.
Paradis may still be settling into his role as Industry Minister, but Canadians still need a plan to advance and protect the digital future, and we need it soon. Paradis should have his eye on the CRTC tomorrow and be prepared to champion an open, affordable Internet that's free from Big Telecom price-gouging. This should also be a priority going forward. Our digital economy and our connected society depend on it.