View Full Version : Google: Bell's internet throttling illegal

July 8th, 2008, 06:21 AM
If there are any Canadians in here, you might find this interesting.

Google Inc. says Bell Canada Inc. is breaking Canadian telecommunications law by slowing certain internet traffic, and is urging the CRTC to take action against the company.


I think it's ridiculous that Bell (or any company) can get away with throttling service like that. I'm glad Google and various other organizations/companies are giving attention to this issue. As you might be aware, Bell is not just shaping it's own bittorrent speeds, but also all of its resellers. Since in Ontario the majority of lines are owned by Bell it means that nearly all DSL providers have limited bittorrent speeds.

This is a huge problem, and not only because it means reduced speeds. But also due to further implications, by degrading service like this it allows Bell to compete unfairly. For example, legitimate bittorrent video/data services already exist (movies, music, video game updates, etc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol)#Adoption)) . Bell offers it's own video services not based on the protocol and therefore not limited. This could mean that in the future you might be paying for faster access to certain services, which is not only unfair but really sucks for the consumer.