Future not so friendly (Edmonton Sun): “Telus has blocked access to a union-run website, claiming it posted confidential information and was attempting to harass and intimidate workers by publishing their pictures.”
I’m grossly disturbed with the news that my Internet service provider, Telus, blocked my right to visit any Web site that I desire to read, uncensored, unedited, and unrestricted.
Drew McArthur, vice-president of corporate affairs for Telus, confirmed the blockage. Despite McArthur’s claims of the union posting photos of Telus managers and senior staff crossing picket lines to work in light of the union’s strike on TWU-produced Web sites, it makes no difference. As a provider and purveyor of a telecommunications service, they have no right to block access to Internet content regardless of the fact that it may be illegal or something with which they disagree. To do so is, in fact, the kind of thing that Communist China does when it restricts its citizens’ access to North American-based search engines like Google or Yahoo! in an attempt to control the flow of information Chinese Web surfers receive.
Shame on Telus, and despite McArthur claiming, in the linked news article above, its service agreement with customers allows this, it is not right. I urge the Canadian Radio-television Communications Commission to investigate and fine Telus severely for this truly shameful act.
For the record, prior to this act by Telus, I took no position on the union’s strike and the contract that Telus is trying to impose on members, with its retroactive lump-sum pay increases and future cost-of-living 2% annual raises, seemed fair though I did not agree with the way Telus went about trying to get the contract to members. However, in light of this grave development and the even worse fact Telus spokespeople were caught red-faced in trying to cover it up and spin it, I’ve lost all remaining respect for Telus and am now firmly on the side of the TWU.