The open-media advocacy group behind a growing petition against Internet metering said indications by Industry Minister Tony Clement that the federal government will overturn a recent CRTC decision on usage-based billing are a “big win”.
Clement indicated via his Twitter page Wednesday night that his government will overturn the ruling if the CRTC doesn’t, and that the commission must “go back to the drawing board”.
The statement comes as the head of the CRTC is set to appear before a parliamentary committee this afternoon in Ottawa to explain the recent ruling.
But while Steve Anderson, the national coordinator of OpenMedia.ca, said the potential reversal of the decision is a victory, he notes the group’s efforts are “not at the finish line yet.”
He stressed he wants to see a full reversal of the decision, not what he called a “half-measured solution”.
Anderson predicted the federal government will either rescind the decision and prevent usage-based billing from being applied to independent Internet service providers, or it will direct the CRTC to come up with a new decision.
“We need to make sure that the independent ISPs have control over how they bill their customers,” he told the Straight by phone.
Clement told CTV Tuesday the federal government is reviewing the decision, and that he will be giving recommendations to Cabinet in a matter of days.
His comments came after federal NDP and Liberal parties came out against the CRTC decision, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicated over Twitter that he was “very concerned” about the ruling.
OpenMedia.ca plans to keep gathering signatures over the coming days on its petition against usage-based billing. The petition has now reached over 370,000 signatures.
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