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    ISPs Push For Two-Tier Internet Based on Data Caps

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    Wednesday January 15, 2014
    Net neutrality has been one of the defining Internet policy issues of the past decade. Starting with early concerns that large telecom and Internet providers would seek to generate increased profits by creating a two-tier Internet with a fast lane (for companies that paid additional fees to deliver their online content quicker) and a slow lane (for everyone else), the issue captured the attention of governments and telecom regulators.

    My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that while the net neutrality challenges evolved over time, the core question invariably boiled down to whether Internet providers would attempt to leverage their gatekeeper position to create an unfair advantage by treating similar content, applications or other services in different ways.


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    CRTC Uncovers New Rogers Net Neutrality Violation

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    Friday March 02, 2012
    The CRTC has written to Rogers Communication following the identification of yet another violation of the Commission's Internet traffic management policy. Rogers has announced plans to drop its traffic throttling practices, but the CRTC wants the new issue addressed immediately. I discussed the role of the CRTC in putting an end to Internet throttling in a recent column on the Rogers case (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version).
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    Rogers Announces Plans To Drop Internet Throttling This Year

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    Monday February 06, 2012
    Last week Rogers advised the CRTC that it plans to drop Internet throttling for all customers by the end of the year. The move was not unexpected given that its policy was an outlier among all major Canadian ISPs. I'll have more to say on this development soon.
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    Number of CRTC Net Neutrality Complaints Accelerating

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    Friday January 13, 2012
    Sarah Schmidt of Postmedia reports that net neutrality complaints to the CRTC have accelerated over the past six months.
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