Et tu Canada?

Posted on February 7, 2012 by

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There’s an interesting case out there in Canada this week, in which an ISP, Rogers Inc,  has agreed to stop internet throttling.  In Canada, internet throttling is explicitly allowed –but only for P2P.  Apparently, Canada’s version of the FCC, Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), released a report basically saying they were doing it wrong.  Thsi si what got them in trouble:

Rogers’ problems with the CRTC began last year when the Canadian Gamers Organization filed a complaint against the company. Jason Koblovsky, a systems analyst who filed the complaint on the gaming organization’s behalf, tested he found evidence of slowed down traffic while playing a game of Call of Duty: Black Ops online.

The commission’s traffic management policy, announced in the fall of 2009, stipulates that the noticeable degradation of time-sensitive Internet traffic, like video chatting and gaming, requires prior approval from the CRTC. Companies also must disclose to their customers if they’re slowing down peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic.

So venturing into video games and non-P2P areas is what did Rogers, Inc. in?   Rogers, Inc. and other ISPs in supporting the legislation had argued that, it was necessary to protect the service of its regular  customers, “who risked being crowded out during peak hours by heavy bandwidth consumers using peer-to-peer applications”. Still, Rogers, Inc. has retreated without much fight on this one.  My guess is perhaps this is because P2P is not a growing category and actually it’s use has been on the decline anyway.  I predict the net neutrality battle will shift to another arena soon.

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