Despite the fact that the Conservatives have sided with consumers on the issue over Internet Billing, law professor at the University of Ottawa Michael Geist feels that there is considerable reason to be sceptical of the review on both procedural and substantive grounds:
Many in the media have begun to question whether the public realizes that this specific dispute only directly affects some independent ISPs. I think the answer is no. However, after yesterday's hearing, I am left with the sense that the CRTC does not realize it either. In von Finckenstein's effort to defend UBB, he failed to recognize that there is a world of difference between supporting the choice of an ISP to implement UBB and a regulatory model that leaves an ISP with no other alternative. The CRTC's UBB decisions are wrong not because UBB is wrong, but because they undermine the potential for competitors to make alternative choices.
Meanwhile, Matthew Aitken of BCVOTE points out that:
[...] it's nice to see Clement and the Conservatives sticking up for that freedom. It's nice to see them telling the CRTC to forget the whole thing. Sure the big telecommunication providers are crying foul, but they still gouge us monthly on our cell phone bills. So don't worry about them, I'm sure they'll be just fine.
Not to worry, they're already on it. Instead of overturning the decision, the Conservatives have allowed Konrad von Frickenstein, head of the CRTC, to have 90 days to "revise" things.
Meanwhile, in Toronto's Dundas Square, anti-UBB protests are well under way.
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