Net Neutrality in the Great White North…UPDATE!

As I was reading through headlines this morning after publishing my previous post regarding the Net Neutrality debate, I cam across the following on
slashdot.org:

Posted by “theshowmecanuck”

“The Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Industry are set to reverse a ruling by the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) allowing big Cable and Telecom companies to charge based on bandwidth usage. The ruling applied to both retail customers and smaller ISPs buying bandwidth wholesale from the major companies. The head of the CRTC has been called to testify before cabinet on why they want to allow the big internet providers to do this.”

In this case the elected government agrees with the very large number of angry Canadians that this was bad for competition. Most Canadians see this as a bureaucracy aided cash grab with very suspect timing since companies like Netflix are starting to move into the Canadian market (big cable companies lowered caps and increased usage fees a week before Netflix started Canadian operations). The CRTC has a fair number of ex-industry executives on the board.”

He stated that his source is www.thestar.com, yet when I read the article, I see the following statement in which the article from “the Star” contradicts itself by saying:

“The promise to reverse the ruling comes as CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein is scheduled to explain the decision Thursday before the House of Commons industry committee.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/932571–ottawa-to-reverse-crtc-decision-on-internet-billing?bn=1

They say it is a “PROMISE” nothing more. I see no official releases from the CRTC to verify that a decision has been made. My understanding is that they have until March 1, before making a ruling. I don’t think this is over just yet.

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