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The revolt over UBB started on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

A little over a week ago, most Canadians had never heard of usage-based billing for Internet and likely thought a cap was something to wear on your head.

What started as a single blog post protesting the CRTC’s decision — which effectively ended any unlimited flat-rate Internet plans in Canada — grew into a grassroots campaign flooding the Internet and the airwaves until finally reaching the prime minister’s office.

And the campaign that may well topple the CRTC decision — at least for now, while it’s being reviewed — had its start in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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The CRTC should be under no illusion. The prime minister and the minister of industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself

— A senior government source, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday evening that the Harper government will overrule a recent decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages — unless the telecommunications regulator backs down first.