The Industry Minister Tony Clement insists that Ottawa will move forward to reverse a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on the billing of internet usage if body does not change his mind. Mr. Clement has indicated Friday that he was satisfied that the CRTC delays entry into force of its controversial decision on the billing practices of Internet access.
The minister, who was in Halifax, said the federal government would reverse the decision if the leaders of the CRTC return with the same intentions after their review.
The chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein said Thursday to members of a Commons committee that the introduction of the usage billing for resellers would be delayed by at least 60 days after the due date of March 1.
Opponents of the measure, including the minister, argued that this decision would eliminate consumer choice and hurt small businesses.
Most residential Internet users are already charged for use, but small suppliers are able to offer unlimited plans, they do not pay per gigabyte of bandwidth purchased from major suppliers.