Canadians want more internet, not less [OFFbeat/News]
Ottawa, ON – OpenMedia.ca is currently pushing a grassroots campaign to oppose usage-based billing from Internet providers. They’re website states that they’re “working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada.” Just recently they put out a petition to oppose the proposed metered internet billing methods that would increase internet usage costs for Canadians quite substantially. The petition brought in more than 330,000 signatures and as a result Prime Minister Stephan Harper ordered a review of the CRTC’s decision; the Liberal opposition has stated they are committed to oppose usage-based billing. Canadians have made their distaste for this decision clear and the political incentive to back this sentiment in the House of Commons has already been seen.
The Toronto Star reported early February 2nd that Harper and the minister of Industry, Tony Clement, will reverse the CRTC’s decision unless they reverse it on their own first. They quoted a senior Conservative government official as saying, “If they don’t reconsider we will reverse their decision.” Regardless of the positive developments, it is important for Canadians to continue to express their opposition for these changes until the book is closed on the subject altogether. OpenMedia.ca is currently looking for support from the Canadian public. Please visit their website to find out more information.