Several Canwest papers run a story this morning (Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal) on the move toward a two-tiered Internet in Canada. I’m quoted expressing concern, but the most important part of the story comes from Telus, which not only confirms the move toward tieried pricing ("The industry has to move toward different charges for Internet customers with diverse needs"), but for the first time acknowledges that the company is considering matching the BellSouth approach of charging websites for access to their network ("The company is also thinking about charging large firms such as Google or eBay for access to its network, something that Bell South and AT&T are also proposing in the United States.")
Interestingly, the Toronto Star has a story today featuring an interview with CRTC Commissioner Kevin French who notes the concern with the two-tiered Internet but says "We’re aware of the problem and believe we have the legal equipment to deal with it, but we don’t have a case in front of us. Somebody has to file a complaint."
There is no need to wait. With the Canadian telcos on record stating that this is where they are headed, the time for the CRTC and Competition Bureau to act is now.