from our friend Micheal. Sure, it's a form letter, but I sent him a form letter.
From: Michael Ignatieff [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: February 3, 2011 2:04 PM
Subject: RE: Stop Usage-Based Billing
It[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s another step towards an open and competitive internet in Canada, and it's thanks to you.
Late last night, news broke that Tony Clement will ask the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to reverse their decision on usage-based internet billing [HTML_REMOVED]#8211; a decision that allows internet service providers to impose download limits and new fees.
Our work is not yet done. We need to keep up the pressure until the CRTC[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s decision is reversed once and for all.
Canadian families and businesses need open, affordable, unlimited internet access. The future of our economy depends on it. The Conservative government should have known that from the start.
When messages like yours reached us this past weekend [HTML_REMOVED]#8211; on Twitter and Facebook, by email, phone and fax [HTML_REMOVED]#8211; my Liberal colleagues and I knew what we had to do.
On Tuesday morning, we sided with you against the CRTC[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s decision. By the end of the day, Liberal MPs on the Industry Committee had already begun an investigation. Then, yesterday, we kept the pressure on the Conservative government during Question Period in the House of Commons. At tonight[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s meeting of the Industry Committee, Liberal MPs will tell CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein to reverse course.
This isn't the first time that you[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;ve stared down the Conservatives over an open internet [HTML_REMOVED]#8212; and that's why tens of thousands of you visited our action page at http://www.liberal.ca/ubb/, to join our digital policy email list and help carry the fight into Parliament.
This is your movement. You rallied on Twitter. You wrote emails and called Tony Clement[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s office. You made the difference.
We all know that there are wider issues at stake here. After five years of Stephen Harper, Canada still has no digital plan. The Conservatives[HTML_REMOVED]#8217; proposed copyright bill contains unfair digital lock provisions. Canadians are less connected and face higher internet costs than citizens of other OECD countries. And don[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;t even get me started on the long-form census.
Liberals have been engaged on these issues. In 2009, we worked with the Openmedia.ca / Save Our Net Coalition on Net Neutrality, a position that we support wholeheartedly. Last fall, we announced our Open Government Initiative, which will make government data accessible to all Canadians.
At the heart of our digital policy is a core Liberal value: we must make Canada more competitive and more innovative. That means expanding high-speed internet access to every region of the country, fair and equitable wholesale access, and transparent pricing.
We must build a digital strategy for Canada that embraces the energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative creativity of consumers, businesses and digital influencers like you.
We'll keep the pressure on the Conservatives in Parliament to make sure they follow through and reverse the CRTC[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s decision on usage-based billing. This victory is just a taste of what we can accomplish, if we continue this fight together.
I hope you[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;ll join the Liberal Party's digital policy email list at http://www.liberal.ca/ubb/. Let[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s build a more open, more competitive future for Canada.
Thank you for being engaged.
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Subject: Stop Usage-Based Billing
I call on Canadian decision makers to stop big telecom companies from forcing usage-based Internet billing on Canadians. Please stand up for consumer choice and competition in the Internet service market. I want affordable access to the Internet.
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