Canada, Dec 15: Hours after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States, chaired by Indian-American Ajit Pai, voted down rules governing net neutrality, Canada's minister of innovation, science and economic development Navdeep Bains tweeted: "Regardless of what other jurisdictions decide, Canada will remain committed to the principles of net neutrality. #NetNeutrality."
An accompanying statement issued by his ministry quoted him as saying, "We support an open internet where Canadians have the ability to access the content of their choice in accordance with Canadian laws."
Bains added in the statement, "Net neutrality is one of the critical issues of our times, much like freedom of the press and freedom of expression before it."
The ministry noted that the Canadian government had a strong net neutrality framework in place through the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
"We believe that an open and accessible internet is vital to the free flow of content and information, which, in turn, is vital to our democracy," Bains said in this context.