In a letter sent dated December 19, 2011, Bell Aliant and Bell Canada have informed the CRTC that they’ll stop the practice of Internet Traffic Management Practice (ITMP), commonly known as bandwidth throttling, on March 1st, 2012.
For the past several years, Bell has been slowing down peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing application traffic between 4:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. because these programs were clogging the networks and negatively affecting time sensitive applications.
Bell this week informed its wholesale internet customers that Bell will be moving wholesale internet traffic to new network facilities beginning in November 2011, facilities where bandwidth throttling practices will not be applied.
The announcement means Canadian internet users who are receiving internet service from wholesale providers – also known as third-party Internet access providers – will not have their bandwidth throttled.
After a steady stream of complaints from consumers over bandwidth throttling, the CRTC this week issued guidelines on how it will deal with Canadian consumer’s who complain about bandwidth throttling by their Internet service providers (ISPs).
“The policy sets out clear ground rules, which we expect all ISPs to follow,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC.