Rogers To CRTC: Slowing Speed Of P2P For The Good Of Customers

From the “I can’t believe that they said that with a straight face” department, comes the result of Rogers appearance in front of the CRTC hearings into Bandwidth Management. Here’s what they had to say on the subject:

“Most carriers are trying to win customers from the other guys and try and keep the customers they have happy, so you should assume … that network management practices are for the benefit of customers,” Ken Englehart, senior vice-president of regulatory issues for Rogers, told a hearing before the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission in response to questions from the commission.

You’re kidding me. A lot of my customers have dropped Rogers because they do that sort of thing. So I don’t what crack he’s smoking. Whatever it is, he needs to share as it clearly alters his perception of reality.

Rogers wasn’t the only people to appear in front of the CRTC today. Quebecor who owns Videotron made an appearance today:

Following Rogers, Quebecor Media addressed the hearing on behalf of Videotron, which said it does not throttle but relies on usage-based billing to control congestion, and said that has worked so far, and has even curbed peer-to-peer uploads to some extent.

However, the company also argued against guidelines on internet traffic management, saying they could stifle innovation.

While I’m not a fan of usage based billing, the fact that they don’t throttle and they try to control bandwidth by billing their customers for excessive usage is far preferable to what Rogers is doing. If Rogers did what they did, I’d have one less thing to criticize Rogers about.

Bell was supposed to make an appearance in front of the CRTC today. But that has been pushed to tomorrow. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say.

One Response to “Rogers To CRTC: Slowing Speed Of P2P For The Good Of Customers”

  1. Canadians and the CRTC need to wake up and realize that Canada is far behind the rest of the world in terms of the level of service we receive from Internet Service Providers. Living in Switzerland at the moment, the quality of internet here is uncomparably better than the crap I get back in Canada.

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