Pro-Internet Group Comes Out Against “Back Door Rate Hikes” as ISP raises prices
January 4, 2012
OpenMedia.ca’s supporters, known collectively as the pro-Internet community, have expressed concerns about the “back door rate hikes” that relate to the issues that Teksavvy is facing. OpenMedia.ca’s is encouraging Canadians to voice their concerns to CRTC and government at www.openmedia.ca/hike.
OpenMedia.ca believes the CRTC should conduct a transparent review of Big Telecom rates before these fees come to our homes.
“We want to give Canadians an avenue to take action,” says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. “Independent ISPs are now telling us that Big Telecom’s complex policy submissions to the CRTC have led to outrageously high rates on Internet infrastructure. Our telecom market is broken and it’s past time we got to work fixing it.”
Last month, the pro-Internet community celebrated the CRTC’s decision in question, stating that the policy and structure it created were “a step forward” for Internet affordability in Canada. The decision, however, completely changed how costing is done, which made it difficult to compare whether it would cost an indie ISP more or less to provide the same service.
“Big phone and cable companies lost the debate on Internet metering,” adds Anderson, “and now it looks like they’re trying to sneak pricing hikes in through the backdoor!”
Even with the model that OpenMedia.ca pushed for, higher prices for infrastructure access will force many small, independent ISPs to either pass new costs onto their customers or go out of business.
Canadians can participate in the new OpenMedia.ca campaign here: http://openmedia.ca/hike
OpenMedia.ca is a non-profit organization that safeguards the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed & participatory digital policy.
OpenMedia.ca empowers people to participate in Internet governance through fresh & engaging citizens’ campaigns. They are known for coordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half-a-million people.
Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca
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