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Friday, November 21, 2008

CRTC Rules In Bell's Favor On Internet Throttling

In a long awaited decision the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that Bell Canada Inc. is not breaking the law by slowing internet speeds and will be allowed to continue throttling the bandwidth of both its own home customers and its wholesale resellers. The CRTC has concluded that Bell has proven that it must be allowed to manage its network in order to prevent congestion.

“Based on the evidence before us, we found that the measures employed by Bell Canada to manage its network were not discriminatory," said CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein in a release. The CRTC added “We have decided to hold a separate proceeding to consider both wholesale and retail issues. Its main purpose will be to address the extent to which internet service providers can manage the traffic on their networks in accordance with the Telecommunications Act.”

Net neutrality advocate Steve Anderson, who runs says "Anyone familiar with this issue knows this is a fundamentally unpopular decision they just made. Canadians want an open internet and the CRTC knows that, yet they just made a ruling that goes against the public interest." While Jacob Glick, policy counsel for Google Canada said "Though we're disappointed with the outcome of this proceeding, we're pleased the CRTC are looking at how to best keep the internet open, an important public policy issue for the future of the internet worldwide,"

What does it all mean for you and I? A whole lot more of the same...

CBC story.