Save the Net in Canada public submissions deadline February 23
The deadline for public submissions to help 'Save the Net in Canada' in February 23rd, and while the formal hearings on the matter won't start until July 6, public submissions to the CRTC ends in two days.
For the past year some of Canada's ISPs, including companies like Bell, Rogers, Cogeco and Shaw have been interupting activities like BitTorrent transfers and the CRTC plans to investigate them later this year.
It was only last week that these major providers did release information that showed that the growth in Internet traffic went down between July 2005 and August 2007 in Canada, which means that if traffic is slowing down, why would these companies feel the need to put more policies on their practices now? It seems as if these ISPs are wanting to start selling access to the type of media that was previously being downloaded for free.
Then, in a fumble early this week, when asked about the possibility of using network management tools to enforce Canadian content rules, Ken Engelhart, a Rogers CEO, stated: "We're a dumb pipe. We don't know what you're downloading...so how can we be responsible for the content?"
SaveOurNet.ca released a statement on Friday that stated:
nearly 3,500 Canadians have written the CRTC demanding that they put a stop to discriminatory Internet throttling by big ISPs