Canadians rejoice! After ignoring the needs of Canadians the CRTC has been forced to pretend they care about regular canadians after hundreds of thousands turned to the internet and Twitter to make Stephen Harper ( @pmharper on twitter ) and Industry Minister Tony Clement to express outrage over the new bandwith billing rules the CRTC gave to the telecom companies in canada. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the CRTC has suspended the decision that saw Canadian be billed ridiculous fees to do what we do every day.. surf the web. This ruling came into play just as Netflix came into Canada and started to threaten cable and satellite services offered by our same internet providers. Globe and Mail quotes the head of the CRTC as saying;
“In light of these requests and the evident concerns expressed by Canadians, the Commission has decided to delay the implementation of usage-based billing for wholesale customers by at least 60 days,” CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein told a Commons committee on Thursday.
In reality Stephen Harper and the Industry Minister were the real heroes here which frankly feels quite odd even saying. Stephen Harper told the CRTC if they do not reverse this blatantly ( my word not his ) wrong decision then his government will. Hopefully the CRTC isnt stupid enough to think that in 60 days they can ‘sneak it back in’ because if so great sites like OpenMedia.ca and StopTheMeter will be ready to take up the mantle again and be sure that Canadians are heard. In a nut shell it means you and I can now enjoy our Netflix rather then cable or satellite and not be PUNISHED by the cable/satellite company for using their competition.
The power of the internet, twitter and specifically your Canadian outrage has made the difference lets see if the CRTC actually revokes this new rule permanently or ends up making Stephen Harper do it for them. Kudos Mr Harper I am not for politics and have never voted for you but in my view you at the very least get credit for listening to the people and not the big corporations.
Just out of curiosity can anyone tell me what positive contribution the CRTC has had to Canada or Canadians other then eating up Tax Dollars? I have no clue what they do that makes my life better. Anyone happen to know how many telecom people sit on the board of the CRTC vs regular canadians? I have no clue so somebody educate all of us.