As recently reported by various news outlets, Bell Canada plans to have its "third-party ISP traffic shaping" policy implemented across its entire network by April 7. This policy is more accurately referred to as "throttling," or the practice of shaping Internet traffic by selectively limiting bandwidth.
According to a press release issued by the Campaign for Democratic Media today, without government intervention to prevent this practice, "Internet users will have much less choice in online media, will be restrained in their ability to freely communicate and could end up with a largely prescribed menu of 'choices,' many of which will only be available from these very same ISPs."
The Council of Canadians is a founding member of the Campaign for Democratic Media and supports the network's call for enforceable legislation on net neutrality âe" a principle that requires Internet service providers not to discriminate by speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.
You are encouraged to send a letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice demanding legislation on net neutrality that would prevent big service providers from restricting our ability to communicate and access information freely on the Internet.
Industry Minister Jim Prentice (MP, Calgary Centre-North)
Ministry telephone: 613-995-9001
Ministry fax: 613-992-0302
Constituency office telephone: 403-216-7777
Constituency office fax: 403-230-4368
E-mail: Prentice.J@parl.gc.ca or Minister.Industry@ic.gc.ca
For more information, and to see a sample letter, check out the website of the Council of Canadians.
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