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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a decision on Thursday, acting on a complaint regarding data caps and preferred traffic. Wireless carriers Bell Mobility and Videotron both have their own subscription mobile television services, neither of which count towards the data caps written into subscribers' contracts, while competitor's services -- such as Netflix -- do, providing the carriers with incentive to sell larger data plans or favor their own offerings. With today's ruling, that practice must end.
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Internet access providers are not broadcasters. The ruling means that Canadian Internet providers such as Bell, Rogers, and Telus can't be forced to carry Canadian content on streams or downloads. It also means that they don't have to make payments into funds that subsidize the creation of local Canadian content.
Bell Canada has backed off of plans to throttle peer-to-peer traffic on its network following a CRTC decision that could make it illegal. As of March 1, neither Bell itself nor wholesalers on its network will see connections slow down when BitTorrent or similar traffic goes through. The Internet provider spun the decision as a reflection of a "diminishing" ratio of peer-to-peer traffic in favor streaming and other means of getting the same content.
Canada’s CRTC has announced that it won’t regulate Netflix and iTunes, leaving the content delivery services free to sell whatever content they choose, without paying a broadcasting fee. The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) wanted the CRTC to force internet-based video content delivery services to include Canadian content and had brought concerns to the CRTC in February. The CRTC has ruled that cable and regular TV providers “did not submit evidence that Canadians are reducing or cancelling their television subscriptions.”
Recently, many gamers on the Rogers network in Canada, frustrated that their play was being throttled by the service provider, filed complaints with the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). Earlier this month, Rogers acknowledged that it's Internet traffic management practices (ITMPs) were indeed degrading delivery of time sensitive traffic such as World of Warcraft and other games. On Friday, the CRTC sent an e-mail to Rogers requesting that it fix the problem by September 27.
Canadian cable provider Shaw hit back at mounting complaints of restrictive bandwidth caps by unveiling a new set of Internet plans with much looser caps and increased speeds. Starting June 7, capped plans will start with at least 400GB of data per month at 50Mbps down, 3Mbps up at $59 per month for those with a Legacy TV package, moving up to 100Mbps down, 5Mbps up and 750GB of data for $79 per month. A second phase in August will add a 250Mbps download, 15Mbps upload plan with a 1TB cap for $99.
Netflix in its first signs of addressing a rapidly constricting audience told Canadian users it was slimming down the bandwidth demands of its video service. By default, streaming in the country will now use a lower 300MB per hour bitrate that consumes two thirds less data but with "minimal impact" on the perceived image quality. The choice would let a viewer watch about 30 hours of Netflix on 9GB of data and still leave room, even under a restrictive cap from Bell, Rogers, or another similar provider.
Concerns that Netflix is undermining the Canadian broadcasters' revenue model have lead to a meeting scheduled in the nation's capital on Friday to address the issue. They will decide whether the streaming video provider will be ordered to pay for local production as an online broadcaster, the Hollywood Reporter said on Thursday. The summit was called by the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) whose CEO, Norm Bolen, said the CRTC needs to order Netflix to help pay for the local industry.
Canadian telecoms and cable provider Bell admits its web usage tracker is experiencing problems, overinflating customer Internet usage, Moneyville reported earlier this week. In order to fix this, the company has disabled the usage tracker until it can resolve the issue, notifying customers on its website. The faux overages can range from insignificant to ones that incur extra usage penalties for running over the cap.
Under pressure from the Canadian government, the CRTC said it would delay its plans to impose usage-based billing on smaller Internet providers but also faced a mandatory change. Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said the agency would stall the plans from the March 1 date by "at least 60 days" in response to the "evident concerns" about the fairness of the plan. He refused to revoke the controversial plan immediately, however, and attempted to regain control by saying any CRTC changes would come "of our own motion" in a review.
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