Net Neturality Protest Hits Ottawa…..

Today’s the day for those who want freedom on the Internet to stand up and make your voice heard. has started to cover the Net Neutrality protest in Ottawa which is expected to attract 300 to 500 people between 11:30 and 1 today. Of course the fact that CBC is the only major media outlet covering it (at the moment which as I write this which is 8:45 AM) may have something to do with the fact that they were affected by Bell’s throttling, but I digress. I expect to see more media coverage as the day goes on.

If you can’t make it to the rally, do yourself a favor and click here. This will take you to a page that will allow you to send a message to the totally useless and impotent Industry Minister Jim Prentice. The more pressure he receives, the more likely that something will be done about Bell’s throttling.

Check back here for updates.

UPDATE – 9:44AM: CBC has put a FAQ on Net Neutrality on their front page. Slashdot has picked up the story as well.

UPDATE – 10:45AM: CBC is reporting that only 15 people were on the bus that left from Toronto. This thread says 7 people were on the Montreal bus. Not good.

UPDATE – 11:08AM: A “live” (because you need to refresh the page) camera pointed at the hill is on

UPDATE – 1PM: Sorry for the lack of updates. I got distracted. The CBC is reporting that the NDP is going to introduce a private members bill in the House Of Commons to guarantee net neutrality. More on that as I get it. CBC also mentions some signs that are visible at the protest as well.

UPDATE – 1:30PM: This was just posted to the CBC website. It talks about the private members bill referenced above.

UPDATE – 2:08PM: Here’s another news article.

UPDATE – 2:28PM: p2pnet has a story too.

UPDATE – 4:17PM: has a thread with pictures on page 2 (scroll down) as well as a picture here in this thread.

UPDATE – 5/28/08 11:30: Some reactions to the protest can be found here and here. A press release from the Canadian Consumer Initiative was posted yesterday. Another story on the NDP Net Neutrality bill can be found here. Finally a posting on the rally from the National Union Of Public Employees can be found here.

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