Tony Clement overturned the CRTC's decision to allow large Canadian ISPs (Bell and Rogers) to start using Usage Based Billing.
While this is good news, I'm still watching and waiting to see what actually happens. I've seen governments flip-flop on shit before.
Konrad von Finckenstein, Chair of the CRTC, is scheduled to explain the decision Thursday before the House of Commons industry committee. I hope he gets hung out to dry. Come on: How was this NOT an obvious cash grab by a large telecom company? (Bell is responsible for the instigation of the CRTC review). Maybe the whole board should be brought out for this. Replace all of the them with business people, engineers, and others that aren't in any way beholden to the telecom industry......
Mr. Clements decision was prompted by thousands of emails he received and a petition started by OpenMedia that had, at my last check, 357,700 people signed on.
The most impressive thing about all of this is the fact that the Conservative Government actually decided to listen to the will of the people. The NDP and the Liberals are already on board for it. So if the CRTC doesn't backtrack and try something else, this could end up with some legislation.
Now lets see if we can get them to do something about our damn cell phone bills. :)
If you haven't yet, go sign the petition. Lets make a BIG push that Mr. Clement and the CRTC will never forget.