p2pnet news | P2P:- “Ok.Here’s the deal.”
That’s Rocky Gaudrault, CEO of Canadian ISP of Teksavvy Solutions, as quoted in dslreports.
The subject? As p2pnet’s Ottawa Gal was the first to reveal last year, Bell-Sympatico is throttling wholesale Net services.
Teksavvy, however, doesn’t cap its bandwidth and Gaudrault goes on >>>
They’re now openly acknowledging that they are rolling out a full throttling process. They plan to have things fully throttled by April 7th. All BT and P2P traffic will be affected.
They claim they are allowed to do so according to their Terms and Services under the Fair Usage Policy in the tariffed contracts. We’ll be looking into this shortly.
The meeting was with Sales and Product Management. They will be preparing a formal letter before end of week.
In the meantime, we (many other ISPs) are going to prepare as well. I guess the high road is the path taken in this case.
Spread the word one and all as this topic needs to reach every level possible. There’s now officially an issue and action must be taken by all if we’re to rectify things.
The word is indeed being spread to the extent the mainstream media are now running with the story.
Better late than never and the coverage has sparked a sharp reaction from Bell Canada spokesman Jason Laszlo, quoted in the Globe & Mail as saying the company has, “every right to limit the amount of bandwidth certain applications can consume on its networks and those it rents to third-party ISPs”.
“This isn’t a new policy,” he said. “Our agreements with wholesale ISP customers clearly include provisions regarding our rights to manage our networks appropriately to the benefit of all customers.”
Bell began implementing its third-party ISP traffic shaping policy on March 14 and plans to have the program implemented across its entire network by April 7, says the story, slugged, Bell irks ISPs with new throttling policy.
‘Irks’ hardly touches it.
“Based on Laszlo’s comment on the ability to do what they want to the network, this is the exact problem and where Bell doesn’t get it,” Gaudrault told Ottawa Gal.
He went on >>>
TekSavvy and all third party ISPs are paying for a “slice” of this network, so no, it’s not Bell’s at that point. They’re paid to make sure the infrastructure remains in good shape, but they’re not paid to police it!
The flaw in Bell’s thought is in their not understanding that we’ve paid for the right to this space. We’ve paid for multiple Gig-E connections for the data to flow back to; we’ve paid for the DSL aggregation interface (AHSSPI) and we’re also paying on a per user basis (approx $20/month) to have the data relayed directly back to our main point of Interconnect.
So, in short, no, they don’t have rights to this network segment.
An easy analogy would be a landlord, who is managing an apartment, gives himself a key to come in and out as he pleases and on top of that decides which of the tenants’ friends they let in!
I’m not sure about you, but I’m fairly certain, one; the tenant would call the police, but two; you’d land up with a very big black-eye!
Says Ottawa Gal >>>
This new Bell tactic will destroy the small wholesale competition in the Ontario & Quebec markets, leaving only Bell, Rogers and Videotron to call the shots and shape the internet a-la-AOL.
Bell wants their ball back and no one can play with it, whaaaa.
Bell claims the full out throttle affects P2P traffic only. But users are discovering that much much more than P2P is affected, while their “High-Speed” internet comes to a screeching halt, and Bell knows full well that P2P is not just affected, as reported by p2pnet here, Bell-Sympatico P2P throttling: more.
More is sure to come.
Meanwhile, Bell-Not-So-Sympatico has issued a script it expects reps to follow when they’re trying to talk angry customers out of cancelling their contracts.
“Who can I speak with about this issue?” – asks an imaginary customer.
The rep responds:
“Mrs. / Mr. customer, You can certainly speak with a supervisor if you need to, however I assure you that we stand behind our network management policy. Bell has the right to manage its network to deliver a consistent and reliable experience to all its customers and doing so is not a material change to the service.”
In other words, get stuffed.
[Ottawa Gal is a long-time p2pnet reader and comment poster who`d rather remain anonymous. She says she works in the University, likes her cat, reality TV, and Doctor McDreamy. Her favourite web sites are the Michael Geist blog and p2pnet.net. Privacy on the net is also important to me, she says. "I need a tinfoil hat " She's also the mother of, "two darling little girls who tore down my ceiling fan thinking it would be fun to hang from it." So she advises parents to, "never have an armchair around from which little ones can reach fans". (No one was hurt ) ]
dslreports – Update on throttling issue, March 25, 2008
Globe & Mail – Bell irks ISPs with new throttling policy, March 25, 2008
first to reveal last year – Bell Sympatico P2P Black List, November 3, 2007
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