Dear Minister Moore,
Was reminded of a story on Saturday that I thought you might enjoy.
As you know, I was busy last summer documenting preparations related to Canada’s digital television transition.
I happened to have my netbook on me at the time and I decided to show my parents how netflix.ca works.
Problem was, my parents’ place in Denbigh, ON only has dial-up Internet.
I figured it was a good opportunity to put Canada 3.0 to the test so I went for it.
After dialing into the Bell telephone landline Internet connection (officially 56k but you only get between 30k and 40k) , I made my way to netflix.ca and searched for Mad Max. I clicked on the film’s icon and it started to load.
I told my folks it was going to take awhile and that we should start some (analogue) Scrabble or something and come back later. Mom was worried about the cost (dial-up is charged by the second) but she agreed that it was a worthy contribution to the field of ICT research in Canada.
After 30 minutes or so, a full five seconds of the film had loaded.
We gathered around my netbook and I hit play.
To our surprise, the first five seconds of Mad Max played perfectly.
The picture and sound was top notch for those five seconds before the buffering started again.
Seeing that it likely cost $5 to load just five seconds of a film featuring a disgraced movie star, we opted to disconnect the modem and get back to Scrabble.