NOTE: This is an idea I had that I wanted to put down on paper. I welcome any and all criticism, scorn, constructive feedback and so on. Let me know how my ideas can be abused by the consumer as well as by the re-sellers and even government! It's most likely that I forgot something here and there.
Also, the name 'Can-Tel' is just a quick name I made up and purely for illustrative purposes only. I hope someone has the good sense to make something better up if this idea is ever adopted.
Nationalize wired and wireless communication in the same way roads are nationalized. The Government of Canada is the only major ISP (GC-ISP) and everyone else is a re-seller.
- Major telecom techs/admins/installers/high level support/etc are recruited in to work under the new government ISP. This means that major telecom can significantly reduce costs by not having to maintain 'the system' and only have to provide Tier1/2 support as well as billing.
- Major telecom will compete on price, offerings and 'value-added' services (like antivirus, parental controls, web space, email accounts, etc)
- Smaller telecom will compete on the same level as major telecom. No one will be 'more right' than another.
- All current telecom will lease 100mbit blocks of data (or phone lines/numbers). Data prices paid by capacity, not use (immediately solves UBB). Telecom are free to sort out their own pricing model.
- The money generated from the leasing of the lines will be used to upgrade infrastructure and bring more reliable communications to smaller communities that would normally be neglected/overlooked due to lack of sufficient 'profitability'.
- Increase in quality and reliability of communication to help communities most in need, keeping with Canadian standards.
- The money from the lease will be used only to ensure higher quality of service as well as to put Canada on the forefront of new technologies. It will be a closed system. Money generated from the service will be re-invested into the service.
- Fibre coming into Canada will be Canadian Property at the borders. Demarcation points and prices negotiated with current owners. Canada can choose whether to keep current existing, or lay down new cables or a combination.
- Government of Canada ISP has to set regulations on rules for QoS, Security, Acceptable Use and so on. These rules have to be in the interest of Canadians, not foreign-interest lobby groups.
- Telecom companies continue to provide all of the equipment (provided they are up to GC-ISP specifications) and citizens may rent a modem/sign up for a contract for wireless service.
- Current cell phone providers will provide access to the infrastructure and continue to sell plans, handsets and so on just like before at rates that they see fit. This will allow small wireless carriers to compete in core and value-added services such as peak airtime, SMS, MMS, data and so on. This will also allow competition between re-sellers.
- Can merge various network types (DSL, Cable, Fibre) across an entire country paying only for external routing. Also cost-per-GB is significantly when inside Canadian borders.
- To keep costs low, all Tier1/2 is handled by the re-seller and only they can escalate network issues to the GC-ISP. Proper SLAs are kept.