Cell phone towers are not exactly the most pleasing site on earth, when one pops up in a documentary in Venice you feel a shock as we did a couple of weeks ago.
First things first, the Canadian telecommunication industry is a mess and lacking regulations shared by so many instances that only specialized lawyers and engineers can make sense of it. That it is a money making machine unseen on the planet is another facet.
Nowhere is the system completely in favour of the industry. Let’s recap a bit. Remember free TV. Well in a quirk in the system unseen anywhere but in Canada, Cable operators can own television stations or vice-versa. And they can own telephone services and be an internet provider. So let’s explain some facts. Cellphones mostly use the same frequency that your free TV did. And cable gets money from the free TV you used to get with an antenna. Oh, did we forget ‘carriage fees’ - money that the cable operator must give to carry a ‘free’ television station. Since they often have the same owner, it’s not even double dipping but triple and quadruple dipping. And watch your cable or satellite bill explode when the unbundling becomes the norm in December.
Bell and Rogers, Rogers being in: Cable, Satellite, Broadcast TV, Radio, Internet, Telephone and Mobile provider, and the lesser evils, Videotron in Quebec who has such a share of viewership with TVA that American producers scratch their heads daily, like Rogers everywhere except radio. And Cogeco, everywhere in Canada and in Portugal as of five years ago.
Their next move is to sell you the fallacy of paying a fortune to watch the programs that they produce now in 4K on the tiny screen of your smartphone, adjusting the ads to your geoposition and demographic while charging you a small fortune to do so.
If only for that and their natural arrogance, we would applaud the Memphremagog MRC mayors for their call for a moratorium on the erection of new towers. In the region: Helping Bell survive the onslaught of Videotron on the market in Quebec.
First things first: Any existing tower site can be shared by all providers. Whatever the frequencies.
Second towers can be camouflaged to blend into the décor. Do a simple Google search. What the providers DON’T WANT is to start a precedent. Do it in Ayer’s Cliff or Bolton and then it would cost a billion or more to do it everywhere. Funny, they do it in Vermont and none have filed for bankruptcy. In Vermont you also need an environmental study to proceed. So the MRC’s approach is doomed to failure and will only result in lawyers getting more money. What the MRC and all municipalities must do may simply be to nationalize the towers. The simple threat would send shivers down the spine of the providers and would give municipalities who have no access a means of getting it.
And if cell coverage is essential in Venice, it is also in our region. It’s a fact of modern life.
The sixth edition of the Dejeuner du commandant, the Dejeuner du Directeur MRC Coaticook and Dejeuner du Directeur MRC Granit, held Monday morning, raised $17, 250. Because of the involvement of numerous partners and restaurants who offered for free the time of their employees and the food that was served, each donation made during the event was given entirely to the Centre regional et Hotellerie de l’Estrie de la Fondation Quebecoise du cancer.
“The Quebec Cancer Foundation warmly thanks all those who took part from near and far in the project, notably the Sureté du Quebec, Mike’s Restaurant of Sherbrooke, Café Bistro La Brulerie of LacMegantic, Restaurant La Place in Coaticook, numerous partners and everyone who offered a donation in exchange for a breakfast,” commented Myriam Beaulé, director of the Centre regional et Hotellerie de l’Estrie de la Fondation Quebecoise du cancer. “Thanks to the generosity of people like you, people with cancer in the region can find comfort and support with us.”
“For all those with cancer in the region and their loved ones, we offer our hearts and our energy to help make life a little easier. We know that they need a positive and reassuring living environment, what they will find with the Fondation Quebecoise du cancer. Thank you to everyone who supported us in this project,” said Inspector Claude Desgagnés, commander of the Sureté du Quebec Estrie/Centre-du-Quebec. Over $17,000 was raised during the sixth edition of the Dejeuner du Commandant, held across the region in various restaurants on Monday.
grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977) and since has had an extensive writing career in the journalism field.
Since 1969, I've been a justthe-facts-ma'am journalist working in radio and television newsrooms in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Highlights of my career include getting tear gassed while covering the anti-Vietnam War riots in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; doing a 40-minute, one-on-one radio interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973 during my stint in the Army at the American Forces Network (AFN)-Europe; and covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.”
In 1988, I joined CNN as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, I supervised the writing on "Daybreak" anchored by Carol Costello. From 2005 to 2013,