The CRTC is getting an ear full from over 70 technology companies, including Internet giant Google, online retailer Amazon and voice over internet provider Skype. The companies are calling on the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to ban internet service providers from “traffic shaping,” or using technology that favours some applications over others.
In a submission filed earlier this week, the Open Internet Coalition said traffic shaping network management “discourages investment in broadband networks, diminishes consumer choice, interferes with users’ freedom of expression, and inhibits innovation.”
“If the commission allows Canadian ISPs to apply application specific traffic management practices to legal content or applications, it would be out of step with U.S. telecommunications policy and would disadvantage Canadian consumers and application providers,” wrote the Open Internet Coalition.
The submissions were in response to the CRTC’s call for comments in its probe into the issue of internet traffic management, with hearings expected to be held on July 6 in Gatineau, Que.
— With files from CBC.ca and the CRTC
There is much more to come on this issue. The talk online, especially on Twitter, is pure outrage that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are even considering throttling speeds for their customers. We’ll keep you updated.