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article imageFederal NDP To Introduce Net Neutrality Bill in Canada

By Bob Ewing     May 28, 2008 in Politics
The federal New Democratic Party plans to introduce a private member's net neutrality bill into the House of Commons rally is told.
A New Democratic Part member speaking to yesterday's net neutrality said that the NDP will introduce a private member's bill today that would entrench the principle of "net neutrality" and enact rules to keep the Internet free from interference by service providers.
Approximately 300 people turned out for yesterday's net neutrality protest in Ottawa with placards reading "Save the internet," and. "Say no to Big Brother watching you."
Angus told the cheering crowd that the private member's bill would protect Canadian consumers from having their internet speeds "throttled" by service providers.
"You are citizens of a digital realm and you have rights," he said.
Some of the protesters had boarded buses in the early morning hours to get to the rally in order to join with other supporters of net neutrality which is a movement urging the government to enact rules that prevent large Internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with the free flow of information over the internet.
"Our net not for sale," they chanted, as well as, "Whose net? Our net."
The core issue in the net neutrality debate is the actions of big ISPs that have been slowing down the internet speeds of customers who use certain types of applications, such as peer-to-peer software used for file sharing.
Those who were at the rally urged Minister of Industry Jim Prentice and the CRTC to enact rules enshrining the rights of Net users.
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