Usage-based billing in the internet industry is bad. But the fact that an organization created to protect consumers actually tried to require such billing is nothing short of a travesty. Thankfully, just about every politician in this country – regardless of ideology – seems to be able to see the problem with the CRTC‘s recent ruling.
And late last night Canadian consumers were finally vindicated. In an ironic show of support for the internet, Industry Minister Tony Clement Tweeted about his stance on the issue:
Even better, the Vancouver Sun online has quoted a senior government insider who said:
“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.”
Booyah! That’s how representative democracy is supposed to work!
Now if only we can get some changes made in the CRTC itself. Two major decisions being over-ruled in as many years definitely indicates that the current decision-makers are out of touch with