quote:The campaign also got a jolt of legitimacy from a formal, 27-page petition filed to cabinet by a lone computer consultant in Montreal.
Jean-François Mezei, who runs Vaxination Informatique, stayed up late last Wednesday finishing a type of document more commonly filed by the lawyers and regulatory experts of large telecom companies like Bell and Telus.
Mr. Mezei first got involved in 2008 at a protest against carriers being allowed to throttle, or squeeze, their networks to control network congestion.
This process has taken me now from a being a protester on Parliament Hill to successfully handing a petition to the governor in council. And it looks like the minister has gotten the hint that this needs to reversed, Mr. Mezei said.
He said he called Industry Canada on Tuesday and the bureaucrat answering the phone said that in 10 years at Industry he had never seen a document filed by an individual go so high.
My petition was an enabler of this, rather than the cause. But it still feels good to feel like youre part of something big.
. And What IS a FAIR PRICE for INTERNET ?
Only yesterday, The Globe and Mail has also offered opinions about just that :
quote:"Rather than ensuring consumers receive fair Internet pricing, the CRTC seems content to line the pockets of Cable and telecommunications companies by forcing Canadian consumers to pay Internet data rates that have no basis in reality."
quote:The Green Party of Canada urges the Minister of Industry to reverse the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commissions (CRTC) January 25th decision, and to fully review all related rulings.
The CRTC's decision abandoned Canadians in favour of big business by allowing large Canadian ISPs to charge gross overage fees.
By limiting the pricing options of smaller ISPs using their network, the CRTC has effectively crippled small businesses who provide valuable Internet services to thousands of Canadians.
quote:The Green Party supports the principle of Fair Usage Based Billing (FUBB) for Internet services.
Because bandwidth is limitedproviders should be allowed to charge more to consumers who use more.
If implemented correctly, FUBB would provide improved Internet access to Canadians by giving ISPs a way to curb the consumption of the very few who consume at the highest levels.
John Tory, former President and CEO of Rogers Cable and current Board of Director for Rogers, covered UBB again today on his show. »Re: John Tory CFRB on UBB-- Ontario can lead again - Tim Hudak in 2011 Save Canadian Internet - StopUBB.ca
Gov't Expects CRTC to Reverse Ruling on Internet Billing - UBB - CTV - Web story, with a Video clip
[The typed version is missing a COMMA (which should be after the word 'illusion'), without which it dramatically changes the meaning of the 2nd paragraph to seem to contradict the accepted quote. - The Gazette version, below, is better composed.]
The story seems to have broken too late for CBC's 'The National' TV broadcast, which is produced to first air at 9 PM EST on the CBC News Channel, rather than CTV's National News which airs at 11 PM EST.
Next is CBC's web edition of the story, which is more neutral (it clearly blames Bell for UBB) than CTV's (who OWNs Bell) coverage.
quote:OTTAWA The Harper government will overrule a recent decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages unless the telecommunications regulator backs down first, Postmedia News has learned.
"The CRTC should be under no illusion. The prime minister and the minister of industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself," a senior government source, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday evening.
quote:Industry Minister Tony Clement said that he would honor the review but warned that the CRTC wouldn't be allowed to come to the same conclusion. - If the agency had the same view of usage-based billing, the government would use its authority to overturn the ruling and take it out entirely, Clement explained.
. In the above article, the ongoing lament is highlighted that nobody has yet come up with a FAIR and REASONABLE form of UBB implementation, one which would give ALL involved parties enough of what they want and need.
Submitted for your Approval : (with apologies to Twilight Zone and Geico)
"Could 5 minutes of reading a proposal save you endless anguish on your Internet bill ?"
Furthermore, our beloved and conscientious champion, the CRTC, has this same week also been preoccupied with putting the final touches on the conditions of their approval of the purchase of the CTV Television Network by BCE (Bell).
Can anyone say JACCOI ? (Just Another Corporate Conflict of Interest)