Thursday, 20 November 2008

CRTC allows Bell to continue internet throttling

Via CBC.

Canada's biggest internet service provider with two million high-speed customers, has shown that it needs to be able to manage its network in order to prevent congestion, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in a decision released Thursday.
“Based on the evidence before us, we found that the measures employed by Bell Canada to manage its network were not discriminatory," said CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein in a release. "Bell Canada applied the same traffic-shaping practices to wholesale customers as it did to its own retail customers.”

My perspectives on this case here, here, here and here. Fair warning, I'm probably very repetitive in those 4 posts.

Anyway, the CRTC ruling is line with my own suspicions. Bell isn't throttling P2P traffic to piss off users. Its throttling P2P traffic because P2P traffic is causing congestion on core links.

Which means the only alternative to throttling or shaping the traffic is to let the congestion happen and have everyone's internet connectivity grind to a halt.

I don't think we really want that to happen. The sad reality is, Internet infrastructure in North America is not sized to accommodate the desire of its user base. Therefore compromises must be made.

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