The Canadian Radio television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released a revised Agenda and list of presentations for its review of Internet traffic management practices by Internet Service Providers.
The so-called ‘Net Neutrality hearings begin today in Gatineau, QC, with scheduled presentations by:
1. Sandvine Incorporated
2. Juniper Networks
3. National Union
4. Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Dave Caputo, the CEO at Canadian technology provider Sandvine, a Waterloo, ON-based company providing network policy management technologies and congestion management techniques to cable and Internet service providers, noted during a recent industry panel presentation that “an unmanaged Internet is not neutral.”
“The Internet is a common resource characterized by competing demands from disparate applications and subscribers. Left unmanaged, bandwidth intensive applications and their users will win the competition for network resources every time. The only way the Internet can approach neutrality, where each subscriber and application are allocated the resources they need when they need them, is through reasonable network management," said Caputo during the 2009 Canadian Telecom Summit.
Juniper Networks is an US-based IP and network technology company, which has recently released new products for delivery of multimedia content over the Internet, including those that the company says will “simplify networks and facilitate convergence for enterprises, government agencies and service providers by fully integrating key service delivery and performance assurance functions directly within the routing platforms and IP network infrastructure”.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has long advocated in favour of Net Neutrality, supporting fair access to broadband Internet services and the equitable treatment of all Internet content and traffic.
PIAC is a non-profit organization that provides legal and research services on behalf of consumer interests, and, in particular, vulnerable consumer interests, concerning the provision of important public services.
In a statement made in April, encouraging members and participants to provide comment to the CRTC for its hearings, Hohn Lawfor, then counsel for PIAC, said “I think the CRTC realizes the importance of what the Internet means to consumers. … [I]ndividual Canadians can let the Commission know if they want the Internet to remain open and free to all applications and services or closed like the cellphone market and priced accordingly.”
PIAC argues that ISPs be prohibited from deciding what Internet traffic they let pass and how fast, on behalf of consumer groups Consumers Association of Canada, Canada Without Poverty (formally, the National Anti-Poverty Organization) and Option consommateurs.
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The CRTC hearings continue throughout the week.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
5. Open Internet Coalition
7. Coalition of Internet Service Providers
8. Jason Roks
9. Norm Friesen
10. Vaxination informatique (Jean-Francois Mezei)
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
11. Independent Film and Television Alliance
12. Canadian Film & Television Production Association
13. Council of Canadians with Disabilities and ARCH Disability Law Centre
14. Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists
15. MTS Allstream
Thursday, 9 July 2009
16. Canadian Association of Internet Providers
17. Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic on behalf of Campaign for Democratic Media
18. Execulink Telecom
19. Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
Friday, 10 July 2009
20. Telus Communications Company
22. Cogeco Cable Inc.
23. Barrett Xplore Inc.
Monday, 13 July 2009
24. Union des consommateurs
25. Rogers Communications Inc.
26. Quebecor Media, on behalf of Videotron ltée
27. Shaw Communications Inc.
28. Bell Aliant Communications Partnership and Bell Canada