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."

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[Matthew Braga/CBC]