Canada upholds net neutrality, bans zero-rating

In Canada's hyper-concentrated and vertically integrated telcoms sector, data caps are a normal part of life; and where there are data-caps, there is cable company fuckery in the form of ""zero rating" -- when your telcom sells you to online service providers, taking bribes not to count their service against your cap.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which regulates the country's ISPs, has now banned the practice, in response to a 2015 complaint against the Quebecois ISP Videotron.

Some groups such as Open Media had hoped the CRTC would address the use of data caps head-on. If there were no restrictions on usage, they argued, then there would be no need to debate practices such as zero-rating in the first place.

"While the CRTC could have gone further," the group said in a statement, "today's ruling is still a very positive step in the right direction."

Your internet provider can't pick which apps and services count against your data cap, says CRTC [Matthew Braga/CBC]

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  1. Well, the fuckery is mostly in the form of "price signaling", which apparently is the scapegoat of choice that allows the telcos to basically collude to set rates in lockstep.

    This is a great victory in principle, but in practice it won't do much to help consumer's bottom line.

    Let's keep up the fight!

  2. How do I move to Canada? Is there a downside of moving to Canada?

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