We have a 'you must be a pirate' tax on blank CDs in Canada because the government listened to the music industry's whines about pretty much this exact thing. We have a similar tax on blank tapes (or we did, I'm not sure if we still do).
I already tried voting with my wallet (switching to Teksavvy from Bell) and now it seems that didn't work. The cable provider in my area manages to be even worse than Bell so I am basically out of luck. Thanks, Bell.
I heard a bit on CBC about the woman who lost her benefits. The insurance company has stated that they will not discuss specific situations but that they don't look at Facebook for such things. I suspect there is more going on there than meets the eye and that this is a case of "let's sensationalize this because it's related to the Internet," which is disappointing because I thought CBC was a bit better than that.
I live in the Cogeco area (I'm with Bell right now but really want to leave, probably going to go to Teksavvy based on my own research).
We had Cogeco at work and it was the most unreliable service I've ever had. The biggest problem is that there is no other cable provider in this area at all. There is *no* competition.
One thing that I appreciate about Amazon's openness and interoperability is how much value it can add to other products. MediaMonkey (my preferred library organizer) uses it to acquire proper track listings and album art. It also has a tie-in where you can order music through Amazon and I think a small amount is kicked back to the MM developers.