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February 8, 2011 – Supporters of OpenMedia.ca’s Stop The Meter campaign are celebrating today’s move toward a more affordable Internet for all Canadians. In light of popular dissent for usage-based billing (Internet metering), Shaw Communications has announced that it will hold off on introducing that pricing scheme until the summer, if at all.
Shaw is one of Canada’s Big Five Internet service providers (ISPs), and its shift toward fairer pricing indicates that citizens, who have come out en masse in support of an affordable Internet, have effectively made their voices heard.
Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca’s national coordinator, said today: “We couldn’t have hoped for a better way to counter the arguments of those who have argued that the CRTC’s latest Internet metering decision affects only the small portion of Canadians who use independent ISPs."
"Ultimately, we're going to need some kind of fundamental change in the telecom industry so that we don't need half a million people to demand changes before big telecom buckles,” continued Anderson. “That said, this is a great tangible victory and another indication that telecom policy in Canada will cease to be defined by lobbyists and backroom deals. Canadians now expect a communications system that serves their interests, not just those of telecom giants."
Internet supporters everywhere are eager to find out whether Shaw will conduct truly open discussions about the merits of various pricing structures and act on consumer suggestions. Eyes will also be on Bell, Rogers, and Videotron, watching to see whether they and Shaw will continue their attempts to gouge consumers.