Net Neutrality battle heats up in Canada

7 Apr

The chatter I hear suggests that this is going to be a huge issue.

The CRTC has to date largely avoided the net neutrality issue, however, that is about to change.  The Canadian Association of Internet Providers, Canada’s largest ISP association, has filed a Part VII application with the CRTC asking it to direct Bell Canada to cease and desist from throttling its wholesale Internet service.  The application, which was filed late yesterday and is not yet posted on the CRTC site, is the most significant legal development in the Canadian net neutrality debate yet since it places the issue squarely before the Commission.  The filing provides additional insights into Bell’s action – the throttling has reduced speeds by as much as 90 percent – and marks an important milestone since the outcome will provide a clear answer on whether Canadian law currently protects net neutrality or if legislative reform is needed. 

The application notes that “Bell’s traffic shaping measures have impaired the speed and performance of the wholesale ADSL access services that it provides to independent ISPs and other competitors, to the point where the quality of the service has been degraded beyond recognition.”  CAIP adds that the throttling is making it impossible for the independent ISPs to manage their networks and forcing them to pay for bandwidth they cannot use. In light of these effects, CAIP says “it seeks to restrain anti-competitive behaviour on the part of Bell.  Thus, the relief requested. . . is intended to ‘ensure the technological and competitive neutrality’ of the interconnection and and wholesale services provided by Bell to independent ISPs and to promote competition from new technologies that are enabled by the Internet and ADSL access technology.” CAIP is therefore asking for an order, issued on an urgent and expedited basis, “directing Bell Canada to immediately cease and desist from using any technologies to “shape”, “throttle” and/or “choke” its wholesale ADSL services.” 

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One Response to “Net Neutrality battle heats up in Canada”

  1. thenonconformer May 30, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Stop now today, the unacceptable, misleading Rogers, Bell, Videpotron ISP adds about having the fastest internet connection that do not mention the download cappings now too!!

    Rogers and Bell Sympatico has each announced super fast internet service, Everyone is misleading the customers in Canada, DSL and Cable ISP that they are providing the fastest internet speeds, but there is a catch, this is not their basic common services offered..

    but also that should be available from Rogers even only by the end of the year 2008. More bad news is that it won’t be cheap! Customers can expect to pay about $100 per month plus taxes in order to have the fastest internet connection on their block

    Bell and Rogers present adds are misleading about their speeds which are Not available in most parts of Canada firstly too

    Rogers Cable Communications today announced plans to launch an even faster internet service, which will offer customers the fastest residential service. rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Elite will provide a speed of up to 18 megabits per. Rogers Cable announced Elite high speed internet (HSI) service that it says will provide download speeds of up to 18 megabits per second. The company did not announce upload speeds.

    Bell Canada today announced the availability of Sympatico Optimax which promises maximum download speeds of 16 megabits per second (Mbps). Sympatico will offer two levels of service . A 10 Mbps service for $70 per month and a 16 Mps service for $100 per month. Both services will have a 75 GB bandwith cap. The company did not announce download speeds, however, it is expected to be the same as the Sympatico Optimax service in Montreal which has an upload speed of 1 Mbps.

    Do rightfully Make them all more honest, more transparent about the type of services, speeds they do offer now and where as well..

    Bell and Rogers throttles BitTorrent to hell and back. The only workaround is to use port 1720, which is a temporary solution only. Because Rogers throttles BitTorrent and other P2P, and they’re not gonna leave port 1720 unthrottled forever. cap your upload to 75-80% of your actual maximum (in KiB/s)

    Capping: The Criminal Code of Canada’s section 184.2.c.i-ii DOES NOT warrant them to do packet sniffing. It allows them to ONLY ‘sample’ traffic for quality reasons. You need to remember that these rules were drafted to stop people making their own wire taps on phone technology. What the statement is saying is that: If I am a phone tech I am allowed to connect to the line to check for hums/crackels/dead-service and then do my job to fix it. With Internet traffic you may not capture a person’s traffic unless a court order is issued to do so. The subject of traffic shaping is very different…They are looking into packet headers and making changes that are not a privacy issue…

    What you can do : Complain for a start to

    CRTC »www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/welcome.htm ,
    Competition Bureau »www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/epic···/en/Home ,
    News media
    Local MP’s, PM’s of all provinces:
    mpremier@gov.ab.ca
    premier@gov.bc.ca
    premier@leg.gov.mb.ca
    Premier@gnb.ca
    premier@gov.nl.ca
    floyd_roland@gov.nt.ca
    premier@gov.ns.ca
    rwjghiz@gov.pe.ca
    premier@gov.sk.ca
    dennis.fentie@gov.yk.ca
    compbureau@cb-bc.gc.ca
    info@ccts-cprst.ca
    infomgs@mgs.gov.on.ca
    ccbbb@canadiancouncilbbb.ca
    »https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp
    »www.premier.gouv.qc.ca/premier-m···en.shtml
    Honourable Jim Prentice CorrespondenceMinister@ic.gc.ca

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