Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Net neutrality again before the House

By Paul Jay, CBC News.ca.

New Democrat digital affairs critic Charlie Angus has tabled another bill designed to enshrine the principle of net neutrality, his second attempt to bring the issue to the House of Commons through a private member's bill.

Bill C-398 will “ensure the future development of the internet is not impeded by unfair throttling or interference by telecom giants” the NDP said in a release Friday.

Angus introduced an earlier private member's bill, C-552, last year (eerily, on almost exactly the same day) that didn't get past first reading before it and other bills (including the Conservative government's first crack at copyright reform) all fell by the wayside when the election was called for the fall.

But the timing of this bill is interesting, because it comes about a month before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is set to hold hearings on issues of net neutrality, such as the internet service provider practices of traffic shaping and throttling. And it also comes about a week after small ISPs appealed a CRTC ruling on Bell Canada's throttling.

As Angus said in a prepared statement: “"The telecom giants didn't invent the internet. They don't own the internet and they shouldn't be able to use their position as service providers to give priority to their own content."

Once we get a hold of the bill itself, we'll see how it differs from last year's bill and keep you in the loop about what, if anything, might come from this latest salvo.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Brett Glass

Wyoming

The consequences of this bill would be catastrophic for small, independent, rural, and competitive ISPs. It would destroy these vital competitors, leaving virtually all locales with a monopoly or at best a duopoly. What's more, it's a "solution" to a problem which does not exist.

ISPs are not interested in discriminating against content, nor against particular application or content providers. But because a network is by definition a shared medium, they MUST be able to stop types of behavior which harm the network or hog resources. And they must do it BEFORE it develops into "extraordinary congestion" which cripples the network. They also must ensure that the network remains financially sustainable, which does mean that they must be able to prevent a user from consuming more costly resources than he or she is paying for. These resources include Internet backbone bandwidth, "last mile" bandwidth, and wireless spectrum.

For these reasons, this bill is a very bad idea. Instead of regulating ISPs and the Internet, government should encourage competition and prohibit anticompetitive practices. Then, if users don't like an ISP's network management practices, they can simply switch to one they like better.

Posted May 30, 2009 12:17 PM

Sean

Vancouver

It's about -expletive- time. As a songwriter and an avid contributor and watcher of internet "TV", I'm fed up with my ISP throttling my rights. I watch LEGAL shows, enjoy creating media with my friends, and have had enough of Telus, Shaw, Rogers, Bell...slowing my access to a trickle, all the while, they're advertising HUGE download speeds! I checked the facts, and there's absolutely NO reason they should route traffic. They're creating an ARTIFICIAL scarcity, so they force people to buy premium bandwidth.

Posted May 31, 2009 06:57 PM

James Ryan

Brett, please stop spreading misconceptions about this issue.

The fact is that net neutrality has *nothing* to do with preventing ISP's from controlling how much bandwidth they sell to their customers. It is about preventing ISP's from going BEYOND bandwidth allocation in order to charge different rates for different types of content or the source or origin of that content. As a consumer, if I pay for a 6Mbps ADSL connection, I should GET that without consideration for what the content I access using that bandwidth actually is. And as the owner of a web site, I refuse to pay an extra fee beyond the bandwidth that I use based on some arbitrary determination by a corporate opportunist that I should pay more for being too popular. Claiming I could "easily" switch ISP's is either naive or intentionally disingenuous because as anyone who runs a site knows, it costs time and effort to switch hosting providers. Ban net neutrality and that time and effort becomes a weapon ISP's can use to bludgeon their customers with if they fail to pay to "protect" the bandwidth they already paid for.

Simply: If an ISP cannot provide all their customers the bandwidth they sold them, no matter what the medium (ADSL, wireless, etc) then they should *NOT BE SELLING THEM THAT BANDWIDTH*. This is not a difficult concept to understand.

Posted June 4, 2009 01:08 PM

Mitch

Alberta

@Brett Glass
You could not be more wrong with what you said. I agree completely with James Ryan on this one.

Posted June 5, 2009 12:25 PM

Brett Glass

Wyoming

James says, "As a consumer, if I pay for a 6Mbps ADSL connection, I should GET that without consideration for what the content I access using that bandwidth actually is."

It's not a matter of content; no ISP has censored legal content or wants to.

What matters is the user's behavior on the network, which -- regardless of medium -- is a shared resource. You don't, I'm sure, want your service to be degraded or slowed to a crawl because the neighbor's kid is downloading illegal copies of music or movies via BitTorrent. That's why your ISP needs to rein in that software -- which exploits technical flaws in TCP/IP, the protocol that runs the Internet -- to keep your quality of service up to snuff. The so-called "network neutrality" regulations would force ISPs not to do this -- thus, ironically, making the network non-"neutral".

As for getting the bandwidth that one pays for if you look closely at the contract (or even the fine print in the advertising) of any cable or DSL provider, you'll see that you are not guaranteed any particular speed... or, in fact, any speed at all.

Unfortunately, "network neutrality" regulation would prevent ISPs from prioritizing traffic, blocking exploitation of the network by P2Pers who want to take it over, or engineering our network for the best performance. As a consumer, you wouldn't want it. Prices would be higher; quality of service would be worse (not better); many small ISPs would fold because they couldn't break even with the regulatory millstone around their necks (leaving you with no one to switch to if you don't like the cable or telephone company). Don't fall for the lobbyists' propaganda. Remember, they all work for corporations -- not for the consumer.

Posted October 4, 2009 10:32 PM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti await powerful Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the eastern part of Jamaica late Sunday or early Monday, but the first effects could be felt today. It became a Category 5 storm overnight, before weakening to a Category 4.
CBC in Paris Paris mayor's attempt to curb traffic along Seine leaves some commuters fuming
The Paris mayor's decision to close the right bank of the Seine river to cars as a means of reducing air pollution has left many in the city hyperventilating.
Russian jets strike Aleppo as Moscow ramps up Syria bombing campaign
Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said.
more »

Canada »

Prince William and Kate visit social services centre in Victoria video
Prince William and Kate are continuing their royal visit by meeting with social service agencies, which have featured prominently in their schedule since they arrived last Saturday.
Who's teaching mandated Indigenous content? Students call for more training for professors
The University of Winnipeg and Lakehead University are making sure all new students are taught Indigenous culture and history, no matter what faculty they're in. But while many Lakehead students and faculty applaud the idea, some say the reality isn't quite what they'd imagined.
Will UNESCO mission lay groundwork to protect Wood Buffalo National Park?
After a visit by UNESCO monitors to determine whether Wood Buffalo National Park "in danger," people in nearby Fort Chipewyan, Alta. are wondering whether the inspection will lead to greater protection for the park.
more »

Politics »

Christy Clark says she won't accept Liberal adoption of Harper's health-care limits audio
The Liberal government's pledge to maintain the health-care spending escalator unilaterally set by the former Harper government is unacceptable, B.C. Premier Christy Clark says, demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau come up with more money.
Alberta Progressive Conservatives launch leadership race in Lethbridge
The race to determine the next leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservative party officially kicks off Saturday night.
Q&A How anxiety drives voter choices and election campaign strategy
Why do some issues become the focus of an election campaign — even when they're unlikely to directly impact voters' lives? Anxiety is a strong driver, according to the authors of a new book about fear and politics, and they say we're seeing that in the U.S. election campaign.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Former Power Rangers actor pleads not guilty to roommate's murder
A former Power Rangers actor charged with stabbing his California roommate to death with a sword has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Robin Williams was fighting 'terrorist within his brain,' widow says in essay
Susan Schneider Williams says Robin Williams' rare brain disease left the couple struggling to understand his symptoms, in a new essay published in the medical journal Neurology.
Damon Gupton joins Criminal Minds cast after Thomas Gibson firing
Damon Gupton has joined the cast of Criminal Minds after Thomas Gibson was fired last month.
more »

Technology & Science »

Rosetta spacecraft helped us 'dig into our past' and understand where we came from
Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta may be lost to us for good, but the discoveries it made during its 12-year mission studying a distant, icy comet will help us unravel mysteries of life and the universe for decades to come.
People's love of beer shaped yeast's genetic history
A group of Belgian researchers has discovered that the yeast used to brew beer today started its life more than 500 years ago, and it’s our love of the frothy beverage that shaped the microbe’s genetic history.
New chemicals may be less toxic, safer for Arctic wildlife: researcher
The new chemicals are meant to replace Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that are linked to serious health issues like diabetes and cancer.
more »

Money »

Sam Adams CEO offers advice on how to build a $2B craft brewing empire video
The founder and CEO of Samuel Adams Brewery sits down to talk craft beer and business strategy with On the Money host Peter Armstrong.
Alberta's minimum wage now highest among provinces
Alberta's working poor got a helping hand today. The province boosted the minimum wage by a dollar to $12.20 an hour, making it the highest rate among Canada's provinces.
Rogers to cut magazine print editions, sell some publications
Rogers Media says it is overhauling its magazine division by eliminating some print editions, shifting to more digital content and selling off some publications.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Ryder Cup: Spanish rally brings Europe closer
Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello rallied from 4 down with six holes to play Saturday morning to earn a half-point that pulled Europe within one point of the Americans going into the final team session.
Henderson falls to 2nd at LPGA Tour event in China video
Mi Jung Hur birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Canadian Brooke Henderson on Saturday in the Reignwood LPGA Classic.
Recap Blue Jays lose ground in wild card race after loss to Red Sox video
The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL's final postseason berth. The Tigers sit half a game back of Toronto while Seattle is one game back.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »