Canada's CRTC to allow telecoms to throttle web traffic but with new rules
Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/10/2009 18:20
The federal regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, will continue to allow Canada's big telecommunications firms to restrict traffic on their Internet networks, but under new and potentially strict rules.
The decision Wednesday by the CRTC is a partial win for both consumer advocates and independent broadband wholesalers who had complained the telecoms were using their power to throttle certain web usage and competition.
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Canada: ISP traffic shaping should only be "last resort"
The Canadian telecoms regulator has spoken at last: traffic shaping is a "last resort" measure to deal with Internet congestion, network investment is the "primary solution," but no "bright line" network neutrality rules will be forthcoming.
Canadian geeks have awaited this moment for months, though some won't be thrilled with the "framework" laid out in the new order. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been looking into traffic shaping practices for months, collecting data and forcing most major Canadian ISPs to admit publicly that they shape peer-to-peer network for large portions of the day.