CRTC Says That Bell Is Free To Throttle Wholesale ISPs…. Internet Users In Canada Are Outraged [UPDATED]

The decision is in and it’s not good. The CRTC has decided to rule against wholesale ISPs in their throttling dispute with Bell:

“Based on the evidence before us, we found that the measures employed by Bell Canada to manage its network were not discriminatory,” said CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein in a release. “Bell Canada applied the same traffic-shaping practices to wholesale customers as it did to its own retail customers,”

But this doesn’t end the issue. As expected, the CRTC is going to launch a larger investigation into throttling:

“The broader issue of internet traffic management raises a number of questions that affect both end-users and service providers,” von Finckenstein said. “We have decided to hold a separate proceeding to consider both wholesale and retail issues. Its main purpose will be to address the extent to which internet service providers can manage the traffic on their networks in accordance with the Telecommunications Act.”

This of course has Internet users in Canada mad as hell. Just take a look at this thread from DSLreports.com to see the level of anger this decision has produced. The same DSLreports.com article points this fact out:

“Finckenstein appears to not understand either the definition of discriminatory, or how throttling wholesale ISPs (not just resellers) kills off Bell competition on multiple fronts. Bell’s decision effectively eliminated the right of independent wholesale ISPs to offer an un-crippled connection if they’re willing to pay for the bandwidth. It also gives Bell Canada’s un-throttled video store an unfair advantage over Canada’s more limited field of competing P2P Internet video services.”

The CRTC seriously needs to be slapped here. They really don’t get it at all. In the meantime, Internet users in Canada are given the shaft because of their stupidity.

UPDATE: The CRTC decision in full can be found here. The CAIP response can be found here. Another thread on DSLreports.com with angry Canadian Internet users can be found here. Many of them are cancelling their Bell services in protest.

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