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Liberals call on CRTC to protect open, affordable internet access

Liberals call on CRTC to protect open, affordable internet access

Posted on March 7, 2011

Liberal Industry, Science and Technology Critic Marc Garneau is inviting Canadians to co-sign his submission to the CRTC calling for a reversal of their decision regarding usage-based billing (UBB) in favour of an open, innovative and competitive internet.

“It took half a million voices rising in protest for the Conservatives to wake up to the fact that the CRTC’s UBB decision would have set Canada’s digital economy back even further,” said Mr. Garneau. “The CRTC has until April 29th to make a decision. We’re determined to keep up the pressure and fight so Canadians have access to affordable internet service.”

Mr. Garneau is asking Canadians to co-sign his submission to the CRTC as part of their public consultation at http://lpc.ca/cosignwithmarc.

“The internet is not simply a series of tubes, wires and towers owned and controlled by telecom companies – it is and must be an open network of people, connecting ideas and creativity,” said Mr. Garneau. “The CRTC must expand the scope of their study to lay the foundation for an open, competitive and affordable internet in Canada.”

The Liberal Party of Canada is joining other organizations fighting for an open and competitive internet, like the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), OpenMedia.ca and others.

“After five years in power, Tony Clement and the Conservatives still have no plan for the digital economy,” said Mr. Garneau. “Last week, he failed to explain how the government will ensure fairness and transparency in building Canada’s internet capacity. This shows the fight for an open internet is far from over.”

Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party have shown leadership on the digital economy by taking strong positions on net neutrality, open government, rural broadband access, fair copyright, digital democracy and now usage-based billing.

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