p2pnet news Freedom | P2P:- Another Canadian organisation has added it weight to the campaign to stop Bell Canada from singling out P2P file sharers as scape goats in its efforts to impose traffic shaping as a standard practice, and block net neutrality.
Bell Canada’s traffic shaping poses serious risks to Canada’s public interests in maintaining the Net as an open vehicle for free expression and technical innovation, says the Campaign for Democratic Media (CDM) .
It also protests the use of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology which, it says, undermines the Telecom Policy Objective of Protecting the Privacy of Persons.
“The internet’s power to facilitate social, democratic and economic progress is inseparable from its equal treatment of all content that travels over its pathways,” it says in a submission to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) in support of the Canadian Alliance of Internet Service Provider’s (CAIP) application to force Bell to cease and desist from its throttling of P2P internet traffic.
“Bell’s traffic-shaping policy threatens this fundamental quality and risks setting a dangerous precedent for how technical challenges will be managed in the future,” it states, adding its voice to individuals and organisations calling on the CRTC to stop Bell.
“P2P applications are an emerging and important form of telecommunications. In fact, their efficiency and adaptability mean that they may become the dominant means of communication in the future,” states CDM’s submission.
“As a technology still in its relative infancy, it is unclear what innovative and essential applications P2P protocols may eventually facilitate,” it continues.
“Should the Commission countenance Bell’s current approach to traffic-shaping, it will effectively place Bell and other incumbent carriers in a position to decide which of the new and constantly emerging applications will receive widespread uptake.”
The CDM says it’s also gravely concerned by the widespread throttling of Canadians’ internet traffic in general terms.
“As indicated by Rogers’ recent admission that it throttles P2P traffic, the current proceedings before the CRTC will not fully address the problem,” it states, gooing oin:
“Considering the important privacy, competition, consumer choice, freedom of expression and innovation issues raised by these practices CDM believes that the CRTC must initiate a thorough and transparent public proceeding to examine traffic-shaping.”
The CDM and Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) have created a wiki designed to build public knowledge around the diverse and growing uses of P2P technology.
Wiki of P2P uses: http://p2peducation.pbwiki.com/.
Click here to read the full CDM submission.
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P2P file sharers – p2pnet traffic shaping digest, April 19, 2008
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