Canadians Back Off Bandwidth Cap

In response to widespread uproar over a usage-based billing scheme announced last week, Canada's government has threatened to repeal the measure if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission doesn't do so itself. The CRTC has decided to dela...

In response to widespread uproar over a usage-based billing scheme announced last week, Canada's government has threatened to repeal the measure if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission doesn't do so itself. The CRTC has decided to delay its implementation, originally scheduled to take effect March 1, by at least 60 days and study its potential consequences for consumers and small ISPs.

The CRTC hasn't completely backed down, though. In a speech to Canada's Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said, in part: "I would like to reiterate the Commission's view that usage-based billing is a legitimate principle for pricing Internet services. We are convinced that Internet services are no different than other public utilities, and the vast majority of Internet users should not be asked to subsidize a small minority of heavy users."

The full text of von Finckenstein's speech is available at http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com200/2011/s110203.htm.
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