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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-20, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Your internet provider can't pick which apps & services count against your data

In a win for net neutrality advocates, carriers can't use a controversial pricing practice called zero-rating
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-21, 08:44 AM
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I am glad that this will be a more BLANKET rule across the board.

The CRTC has slapped others before on this, telling them they couldnt.. (Bell tried to do zero rating with their TV on the phone apps if you were on bell cellular)

But good now that ANYONE can be stopped across the board.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-21, 09:59 AM
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CRTC Press Release: CRTC strengthens its commitment to net neutrality, consumer choice and free exchange of ideas by citizens
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.
See also: Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-105

Videotron Press Release:Unlimited Music: Videotron disappointed by CRTC decision
Videotron will study the decision in the coming days and determine how to proceed. Videotron assures customers who currently use the Unlimited Music service that it will be maintained until further notice. Customers will be advised of developments as soon as possible.
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-104 | CRTC

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-21, 11:14 AM
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"Rather than offering its subscribers selected content at different data usage prices, Internet service providers should be offering more data at lower prices," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC in a statement.

...Well we know THAT won't happen.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-21, 01:03 PM
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In fairness Jean-Pierre Blais is brilliant at fatuous aspirations.
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They are hardly foolish aspirations. These are principles that are highly regarded and are enforced in any democracy that puts the interests of its citizens first. The alternative is an internet that is designed to promote the interests and political views of an elite few.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2017-04-22, 12:23 AM
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Net neutrality is a fine principle and has nothing to do with JPB himself.

However, "Internet service providers should be offering more data at lower prices," is a fatuous aspiration. Most likely the Canadian non-discriminatory level playing field will turn out more expensive under his regulated pricing than even even the discriminated against will have to pay in USA. "Fairness" will cost us dear.

Another classic JPB/CRTC fatuous aspiration was hoping that all BDU's would voluntarily choose to include the 4+1 American networks that cost them nothing for free in skinny basic.

Establishing a $25 skinny basic is also pointless and fatuous when BDU's can insist upon a minimum $15 a month extra just to access the service.

JPB is also good at ad hominem attacks at executives rather than actually executing consistently good, logical and robust public policy decisions.

As I said, JPB is brilliant.
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