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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Canada's New Democratic Party Pushes For Net Neutrality

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus is urging the Canadian government to introduce net neutrality and stop the country's telecommunications companies from throttling Internet speeds. In an open letter to the Minister of Industry Jim Prentice, Angus wrote "Ground rules are needed to ensure that the bandwidth management strategies of the major telecoms will not lead to anti-competitive practices or arbitrary discrimination against end use applications... I am urging you to adopt the recommendations of the Telecommunications Review Panel in order to send a clear signal that Canada has a plan going forward to ensure continued development of Internet technologies and fairness for consumers." Prentice is quoted by the CBC as having said recently in Parliament that "At this point in time we will continue to leave the matter between consumers on the one hand and Internet service providers on the other." While the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) does have the authority to rule on such practices, it has yet to do anything to stop the practice by the big teleco's.