Of Canada, Caps, and Clouds

Last week Canadians got the unwelcome news that their Internet Service Providers could cap their broadband access to downloading as little as 25 GB per month, or the equivalent of about 12 HD movies or 25 hours of Netflix (NFLX) streaming. Outrage ensued, and on Wednesday, Industry Minister Tony Clement said the cap wouldn't stand, noting that if Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) didn't overturn their decision on usage-based billing of broadband sold to resellers, the government would. This would be akin to the FCC saying ISPs could use data caps and suddenly having a member of President Obama's Cabinet tweet that Congress would write a law preventing it.

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