“After a long delay, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) yesterday denied the CAIP (Canadian Association of Internet Providers) request that Bell Canada immediately stop the traffic-shaping practices it adopted for its wholesale Gateway Access Service,” said a p2pnet post earlier today.
But in response to a CBC suggestion that the CRTC supports Bell’s traffic throttling, “Absolutely not,” Leonard Katz, who’s the CRTC vice-chairman, declares, adding »»»
In fact, someone told me Bell put out a press release that said the commission upheld its position that network management practices are a fundamental right of theirs. That’s not what we said at all.
So what did Bell Canada have to say on the CRTC ruling, exactly?
Here’s Bell spokesman Mirko Mr 5% Bibic »»»
OTTAWA, Nov. 20 2008 — Bell welcomes today’s decision from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) allowing the company to continue to manage Internet bandwidth on its network. The Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) had asked the Commission to order Bell to cease its network management practices.
“We are pleased that the Commission has agreed there is no need to intervene in the management of broadband networks,” said Mirko Bibic, Bell’s Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs. “This is good news for Internet users across Canada who benefit from better managed networks.”
Today’s decision follows an interim decision by the CRTC last May denying a CAIP request for an injunction ordering Bell to immediately cease and desist managing wholesale traffic on its Internet network pending a full investigation into the issue.
Employed by Internet service providers across North America, bandwidth management is an important element used by Bell to manage capacity on networks that increasingly face congestion as a result of the explosive growth in Internet demand.
These objective Internet traffic management measures are used by Bell for its wholesale and retail consumer and business customers. The CAIP request and today’s CRTC decision relate to Bell’s wholesale Internet traffic management practices.
“With this decision, the Commission has rightly confirmed that network operators are in the best position to determine how to operate their networks effectively and efficiently, to allow fair and proportionate use of the Internet by all users.”
As part of today’s decision, the CRTC also announced it will undertake a broader examination of the issues related to Internet network management. Bell looks forward to participating in that proceeding.
Definitely stay tuned.
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