"Metered broadband billing has become a volatile regulatory question in Canada. It has also become a political issue, with that country's Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic parties taking stands on the question of whether big telcos like Bell Canada can sell wholesale network access to smaller ISPs via a metered or usage-based-billing (UBB) system.
Over 21,000 Canadians have co-signed Liberal industry critic Marc Garneau's commentary to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, calling for a more expansive debate over not only how to charge independent ISPs for data use, but how frame the problem.
"The fundamental building blocks of this issue encompass more than one single remedy such as UBB," Garneau wrote to the CRTC. "The debate must be broadened to encompass a greater understanding of Internet services and the premise behind the need for competition and wholesale access."
These parties aren't just debating ISP billing policies, they're arguing over how to understand and define Internet use."
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