Net Neutrality Finally Arrives In Canada

I have been waiting for sometime for this bill to appear here in Canada.

Net neutrality issue has now been tabled to House of Commons and the games will now begin in earnest. I am glad it was the NDP that tabled the bill. NDP is famous for “championing the cause of the under-represented” so I guess the lobbying of Bell and Rogers did not really have much impact on the decision by NDP to put in clear wording in the bill.

Network management practices
36.1 (1) Network operators shall not engage in network management practices that favour, degrade or prioritize any content, application or service transmitted over a broadband network based on its source, ownership or destination.

Although I am not sure what this means?

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall be construed as limiting or restricting the right of a network operator to
(a) manage the flow of network traffic in a reasonable manner in order to relieve congestion;

I hope this exception will not be construed as a loophole to “manage” congestion caused by brats playing video games or BitTorrent and other downloads. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this plays in House Of Commons. I am going to write to my MP, better contact your MP soon.

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