OpenMedia`s recent “StopTheMeter” campaign against usage-based billing in Canada caused the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission )to re-examine its decision on the way Canadians are billed for their Internet access. Earlier CRTC has approved the decision presented by Bell Canada, which would by rule limit the bandwidth for all residential clients and would cancel unlimited internet traffic.
More than 460.000 Canadians have signed the largest online appeal of its kind in Canadian history. The petition was supported by Canadian Internet service providers affected by the ruling, such as TekSavvy, which sent out invitations to sign to all of their customers, Acanac and Colba. Major political parties, like the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and eventually Stephen Harper voiced their concerns as well.
On February 22nd, 2011, OpenMedia initiated a fundraiser aiming at 15.000 CAD to support the cause. The goal was surpassed in the first day, thanks to funds from indie ISPs Acanac and Teksavvy. Thus, the Canadian public will be represented by OpenMedia at a CRTC set of invitation-only meetings with “stakeholders” on March 23rd-24th, 2011, in Ottawa, where online broadcasting will be a major issue.
Courtesy of OpenMedia.ca