Canadian Net Neutrality Bill Introduced

Citizens using peer-to-peer applications in Canada experienced some of the same poor treatment by ISPs as their American counterparts have in recent weeks.  Some of Canada’s largest ISPs, including Bell Canada Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., have limited their customers’ uses of the Internet. Bell and Rogers claim that a small percentage of customers have been congesting their networks by using peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent, so they have purposely slowed the Internet down at peak times of the day.

As a result, The New Democratic Party (NDP) has introduced a private member’s bill, C-552, which is a Net Neutrality bill.  The four-page bill seeks to amend the Telecommunications Act and “prohibit network operators from engaging in network management practices that favour, degrade or prioritize any content, application or service transmitted over a broadband network based on its source, ownership or destination, subject to certain exceptions.”

You can find the full text of the Act, and subscribe and receive XML updates on the Act, at LEGISinfo, the Canadian Parliament’s excellent website for legislative research.  It is a highly recommended research source.

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