“Given that a small group of giant telecom companies control 96 percent of the consumer market, the CRTC must play a strong role in ensuring that consumers aren’t gouged and that anti-competitive practices are not allowed,” said New Democrat Digital Affairs Critic Charlie Angus. “I am asking for a comprehensive review of the entire regulatory framework for wholesale high-speed access services.”
In a letter sent to the CRTC Friday Angus called for full hearings and public consultation on speed, pricing and accessibility. Angus noted that the Commission has a fundamental obligation to protect the innovative potential of the internet.
“We all have a stake in ensuring that UBB caps do not constrain the full innovative potential for all Canadian citizens. The New Democratic Party believes a metered internet will lead to Canada becoming a digital backwater,” said Angus. “I look forward to the CRTC undertaking a full review of this matter.”
Over 470,000 people have signed the online petition at www.openmedia.ca