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October 25, 2011

Rogers throttling

Rogers throttling may breach net neutrality rules.. Rogers throttles file-sharing traffic from BitTorrent more than any other internet provider in North America and may be violating Canadian net neutrality guidelines, a U.S. researcher says. “So I think consumers would have a basis to complain and the CRTC would have a basis to act.” He suggested that perhaps the Canadian regulator is “a bit too cozy” with large Canadian telecommunications companies. “I think they do give too much weight to Bell Canada and some of these heavyweight operators,” he said. “I think that’s starting to change now that they’re starting to look more carefully at the use of this throttling.”

In Canada, all large ISPs have admitted to slowing down BitTorrent traffic, and some do so to a great extent. Since the start of the measurements Rogers has continuously throttled more than three-quarter of all BitTorrent traffic, and there are no signs that this will stop. During the first quarter of 2010 the two other large Canadian ISPs, Bell and Shaw, were throttling 16 and 14 percent respectively. Videotron on the other hand has never slowed down more than 7 percent, and only 3 percent during the last

 CRTC’s internet traffic management or “net neutrality” rules.
Those rules state that technology to manage internet traffic:
Must be designed to address “a defined need and nothing more.”
Should be neither “unjustly discriminatory nor unduly preferential.”

Syracuse University information studies researcher Milton Mueller he thinks consumers should choose internet providers who use internet traffic management technology that targets points of congestion rather than singling out particular applications.

Mueller said his future research will examine whether other protocols besides BitTorrent are being throttled by ISPs and will look into the use of deep packet inspection for other purposes such as copyright policing, placing ads, government surveillance and censorship.

Canadians—gamers in particular—have been furious with Rogers over its Internet throttling practices, which were recently exposed as being the worst in the entire world. Today, progress was made in the Canadian Gamers Organization’s battle against the Toronto-headquatered telco. The CGO sent a letter to the CRTC complaining that Rogers was violating Canada’s Internet openness rules. The CRTC has now stated that it will move the complaint into its enforcement division, implying further action and the high possibility of a penalty against Rogers. However, the CRTC is not able to punish companies financially, so the damage must be dealt in other ways“Earlier this week, Rogers told the CBC that it is within full compliance with CRTC policy and guidelines,” CGO co-founder Jason Koblovsky says. “We are now certain that’s not the case.”“In violating these rules, Rogers has shown that it values its own narrow commercial interests over that of its customers and Canada’s digital economy,” adds Steve Anderson, OpenMedia’s Executive Director. “Big Telecom is out of control and they need to be reined in before they damage our innovation economy further.”
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