p2pnet news | Freedom:- Industry minister Jim Prentice (right) has told Canadians it’s up to them if they want to do anything about the Net traffic throttling imposed by the major ISPs.
‘Shaping’ removes any chance of Net neutrality for customers, and seriously reduces bandwidth, particularly for people using P2P applications.
Accused by NDP digital issues critic Charlie Angus of failing to understand the importance of maintaining a fair and neutral Net, Prentice yesterday avoided Angus’ questions about the government’s stance, “on practices employed by Canadian Internet service providers that restrict the flow of certain types of Internet data,” says the Globe & Mail.
As p2pnet reported earlier today, Angus asked Prentice what the government was doing to about concerns over, “when it should be permissible for telecom companies to regulate or ‘shape’ the flow of traffic on their networks,” as the story puts it.
But, “At this point in time we will continue to leave the matter between consumers on the one hand and Internet service providers on the other,” the Globe and Mail quotes the minister as saying.
Last, week, in a letter to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ), NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees) said it’s become, “increasingly concerned about the issue of network neutrality and Canada’s lack of action to protect consumers and producers of Internet material”.
America’s largest provider, ComCast, similarly charged with traffic shaping, is trying to wriggle out of its difficulties through a deal with corporate P2P company BitTorrent.
But the company said it’ll still “manage” traffic during peak periods.
On April 7 Bell will implement traffic shaping across its entire network, said p2pnet at the end of last month, going on >>>
It might have been a virtual fait accompli by now had not p2pnet’s ‘Ottawa Gal,’ and Canadian ISP TekSavvy first blown the whistle in November, 2007.
With the story now receiving widespread coverage, p2pnet has unconfirmed reports a new explosion is ready to occur, and one with even more severe implications for net neutrality.
The explosion will include a stop-sell on Bell’s current $25 Unlimited Usage Plan, says an official March 13 document seen by p2pnet.http://www.p2pnet.net/story/15438
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Globe & Mail – Prentice mum on ISP throddling debate, April 2, 2008
p2pnet – Charlie Angus slams Bell over traffic ‘throttling’, April 3, 2008
NUPGE – Bell Canada traffic shaping: update III, March 31, 2008
wriggle out of its difficulties – Comcast deals with BitTorrent, March 28, 2008
across its entire network – New Bell Canada scandal looms, March 30, 2008
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