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CRTC Issues Decision on “Traffic Shaping”

October 22, 2009

CBC News: CRTC issues new net neutrality rules

Big telecommunications companies such as Bell and Rogers can only interfere with internet traffic as a last resort, the CRTC says. Instead, they should use “economic measures” such as new investment and usage limits to combat congestion on their networks.

Under the new framework, the CRTC will require ISPs to:

  • Provide retail customers with 30 days notice of any changes to network management, and wholesale customers with 60 days.
  • Institute economic measures to control usage such as charging “consumers rates based on how much bandwidth they use each month, or offer discounts during off-peak hours.”

Richard Blackwell. CRTC sets Web ‘throttling’ rules.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will allow internet service providers such as Rogers Communications and Bell Canada to engage in “traffic shaping” to control the amount of Web traffic over their networks, but the practice must be transparent to users and take place only when necessary.

In a decision released Tuesday, the CRTC said retail customers must be told in advance what means are being used to control Internet traffic, and how it will affect their service.

CRTC PRESS RELEASE,October 21, 2009

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-657

Review of the Internet traffic management practices of Internet service providers
21 October 2009

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