Friday, February 4, 2011

Suspension, in Canada, a measure ending the unlimited Internet packages

The Canadian regulatory body had decided to terminate the access packages with unlimited Internet announced Thursday, February 3, suspended for two months of this measure. The initiative was roundly criticized by the government and consumers. In late January, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved the largest providers of access services, such as the Bell Group, which was the plaintiff, to cap data transmission over the Internet and broadband charge extra to customers who exceed it.

As a result, many smaller suppliers, have to use technical means four major networks, Telus, Rogers, Videotron and Bell, should charge their customers a billing system rather than the package, but to use. GATHERING PETITION SIGNATURES 300 000 Joining his voice to the 300,000 who signed a petition demanding the annulment of the measure, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday was "very concerned", calling its review.

His request was executed on Thursday. Before a parliamentary committee, the chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein, said he heard the "evident concerns" of its citizens and decided to suspend for sixty days after the decision to come into force on 1 March. The CRTC has "decided to delay the commencement of billing for the use of wholesale customers at least sixty days" to "reconsider its decision," he said.

The Industry Minister Tony Clement immediately expressed his government's satisfaction. "This policy does not defend what we believe to be important for the Canadian economy," he told a press conference at the House of Commons. "We need to give consumers choice. We need a space on the Internet for our designers and we look forward to the CRTC return to the work table," said Clement.

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