OTTAWA and GATINEAU, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today strengthened its commitment to net neutrality by declaring that Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas. As such, the CRTC today is publishing a new framework regarding differential pricing practices.
This framework supports a fair marketplace for services, cultural expression and ideas in which Internet service providers compete on price, quality of service, speeds, data allowance and better service offerings, rather than by treating the data usage of certain content differently.
The CRTC is of the view that differential pricing generally gives an unfair advantage or disadvantage to certain content providers and consumers.
After assessing Videotron's Unlimited Music Service under the new framework, the CRTC found that the company is giving an undue preference to certain consumers and music streaming services, while subjecting other consumers and content providers to an unreasonable disadvantage. Videotron must ensure its Unlimited Music Service comes into compliance within 90 days.
- Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC
Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104 - Framework for assessing the differential pricing practices of Internet service providers
Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-105 - Complaints against Quebecor Media Inc., Videotron Ltd., and Videotron G.P. alleging undue and unreasonable preference and disadvantage regarding the Unlimited Music program
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-192 - Examination of differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-657 - Review of the Internet traffic management practices of Internet service providers
Strengthening net neutrality in CanadaUnderstanding Internet Billing Practices and PricingInternet Traffic Management Practices
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