"It's astounding the amount of lobbying influence and power the ISPs have," he says. "Politicians seem to be siding with carriers despite the fact that public sentiment favours net neutrality."
Canada's Internet service providers (ISPs) have no reason to throttle peer-to-peer (p2p)traffic and can use other network management techniques that have minimal end-user repercussions instead, according to top Internet experts.
Net neutrality advocates in Canada have sought out the testimony of experts involved in inventing the Internet and managing Canada's major backbone connection. The Campaign for Democratic Media and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) submitted a 70-page argument to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Feb. 24, emphasizing the importance of telecommunications' carriers treating all types of Internet traffic equally.
Backers of the submission argue the very nature of the Internet as an open platform for innovation is at risk because of the traffic- management practices of large asset-based ISPs, such as Bell Canada and Rogers Communications. “We're not disputing that they're experiencing some congestion at certain points in their network,” says Philippa Lawson, a CIPPIC associate and co-counsel for CDM. "But they've chosen to use the most intrusive, most privacy invasive, and most damaging methods [to deal with this].”
The submission claims that p2p traffic throttling violates the Telecommunications Act in two different ways. The Act prohibits the controlling of content or influencing the meaning and purpose of telecommunications by delaying it so much that it is unusable. Also, the overall objective of the Act is to protect privacy, encourage innovation and provide a reliable system.