Canadians don’t want usage-based internet billing: poll

By Callam Rodya

A new Angus Reid Public Opinion Poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Canadian internet users, 76 per cent, don’t want to see usage-based billing become the standard.

The poll shows a widespread opposition to a recently-repealed CRTC ruling that would have paved the way for the four largest internet providers in Canada to impose caps on usage to smaller companies that rent their infrastructure.

That decision would have allowed Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Shaw to place caps on the unlimited internet plans of their smaller competitors that rely on their infrastructure.

After a wave of opposition from consumers, politicians, and small business, the CRTC backed away from the controversial decision, saying it would be revisited on Mar. 1.