CRTC loses the plot on traffic-shaping

The CRTC CAIP-Bell Canada traffic shaping decision is in, and it’s not good. SaveOurNet.ca and Michael Geist have been active on the file, letting regular Canadians know what the impacts are to them.

It appears that the CRTC did not accept the anti-competitive argument, mainly because it did not observe a drop in the growth of 3rd party ISP’s business.

Based on the evidence before us, we found that the measures employed by Bell Canada to manage its network were not discriminatory. Bell Canada applied the same traffic-shaping practices to wholesale customers as it did to its own retail customers – Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC

The frame of this judgment is not about the discrimination of content.  This misses the main point of the net neutrality debate: the discrimination of content between individual users on a common carrier network that stems from certain kinds of traffic shaping practices.

This is just the first salvo, and CRTC is preparing itself for more consultations in July 2009 as the issue is not going to go away.

What can you do? Join a citizens movement for the open web! SaveOurNet.ca is front and centre on this file. Please send a letter to CRTC, donate to the campaign and volunteer to help organize digital citizens across the country.

You also might want to drop Bell and Rogers and go for a smart, engaged small company like TekSavvy for your internet service needs. They have amazing customer service. You may be confused at first if like most of us you have become accustomed to the maze of call centre hell that is the customer experience of the big boys. Bonus.