CRTC To Hold Hearings On Internet Regulation…. And More

This news via the Toronto Star made me smile. The CRTC are going to hold public hearings to see if it should extend its reach into the Internet or not:

“The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission today released a final, 75-page report that summarizes research and stakeholder opinion on a wide range of issues, including Canadian content that’s broadcast online or mobile devices, and the recent debate over Internet Service Providers who deliberately slow certain types of Internet traffic.”

The full report can be found here.

The public is also invited to comment on the issues at until June 15.

As if that wasn’t enough, there news that there’s going to be a decision from the CRTC on throttling by September 27th. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there will be no public hearings.

The document that outlines what will happen next can be found here. You’ll note that Appendix 1 and 2 contain questions the CRTC is asking of Bell and CAIP respectively. There are some interesting questions here that I think should provide some interesting answers from Bell. But this is a good response from the CRTC. IMHO, four months is not an unreasonable amount of time. The only thing I wish would happen is that the public was allowed into the hearings. After all, it’s the public that is being impacted by Bell’s throttling is it not?

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