Running water was luxury at the turn of the 19th century, now it is a necessity;
Electricity was luxury at the turn of the 20th century, now it is a necessity;
Broadband was luxury at the turn of the 21st century, now it is a necessity.
For non-Canadian readers, the CRTC is the Canadian Radio and Television Commission and they are the rough equivalent to the FCC or Federal Communications Commission in the US. However they are much more corporate influenced than their American counterpart.
While this isn't strictly news, this video of English farmers from the Rural Broadband conference of 2010 found from a UK Broadband map is quite inspirational and demystifies the act of rolling out fiber from being a costly and high tech endeavour that costs tens of thousands of dollars by your l
Georgia is the next potential Broadband Backwater state http://stopthecap.com/2012/02/07/broadband-backwater-watch-georgia-anti-broadband-bill-defines-broadband-200kbps/
StopTheCap reports that there is another anti-community broadband battle brewing in Georgia in the form of SB 313, a bill that would prevent locally owned operators from effectively competing with incumbents despite many of those areas being passed over by those same private companies refusing to
"Rogers Forced to Stop Throttling - Violated Net Neutrality Rules" https://www.facebook.com/groups/142158409200789/
It is considered a victory among Canadian gamers and net neutrality fans alike, that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), is forcing Rogers Communications to halt it's ITMP practices for violating Canada's net neutrality rules by unfairly discriminating against
"Mexicans overcharged billions for phone, web: study" http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-mexico-phone-idUSTRE80U05420120131
(Reuters) - Mexicans have been overcharged $13.4 billion a year for phone and internet services as the industry dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim gouges customers and keeps the economy from growing, a study released on Monday said.
Australia defeats ISP file sharing "international precedent" copyright act http://torrentfreak.com/australia-us-copyright-colony-or-just-a-good-friend-120121/
Australians have discovered an MPAA conspiracy to deliberately single them out (and in particular iiNet) to set an international precedent in copyright law that would then be used as leverage against other countries to create a worldwide ISP file sharing policing standard.