Bell says it will move away from throttling 3rd party internet connections

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 internet connection speeds arbitrarily reduced. 

Wholesale or third-party Internet access (TPIA) providers are companies such as Primus Canada or Teksavvy who lease internet capacity from Bell and other telcos and resell Internet services to consumers.

In a letter to wholesalers, Bell says it was forced to implement bandwidth throttling in March 2008 in order to address network congestion due to the increased use of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing applications, particularly during peak periods.

Bell says that while congestion still exists, its network has become more robust over the last three and half years therefore the negative impact of P2P file sharing has been reduced.

On his blog site, University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist says that although the impact of file sharing may have decreased over the last years, the real for the announcement may be an acknowledgement that Bell`s current throttling practices violate the CRTC’s Internet traffic management guidelines.

Whatever the reason, the news is positive for customers who subscribe to DSL internet service with a a third party internet access provider.

In addition to announcing the throttling changes, Bell also announced a speed upgrade for DSL customers. The 5.0 Mbps service will have its maximum download speed increased to 6. Mbps and the upload speed increased to a maximum of 1 Mbps.

Bell says the roll-out for the speed increased will be conducted on a phased basis, starting October 20th and continuing until the end of the year.

Discuss the changes in Digital Home’s Canadian Phone and Internet forum.

Comments

3 Responses to “Bell says it will move away from throttling 3rd party internet connections”
  1. Phillip Ontakos says:

    Moving wholesale internet traffic to new network facilities where bandwidth throttling practices will not be applied. So what does that mean to the people who do stay with Bell? Will they continue to throttle them? If anything, this viewpoint seems to ENCOURAGE people to drop Bell in favor of a 3rd party reseller. To even go further in saying while congestion still exists, its network has become more and therefore the negative impact of P2P file sharing has been reduced, why don’t they just admit they were wrong and eliminate throttling all together.

  2. Untrusting Peter says:

    So what’s the catch ?

    Is that so people will not use MLLP and they can monitor and watch your packets…

    Price hike ?

    Everything they have done for years was to kill competition and flush the pockets of customers who have little choice or are taken by misleading advertizing!

  3. Marbles_00 says:

    Most likely they already know the CRTC decision towards UBB/AVP…and it isn’t in our favor. Why throttle when they can open it all right up, increase the wholesale speeds like they were supposed to do so years ago. This way everyone will go over the bandwidth limit, and Bhell will be making a mint.

    I hope I’m wrong, but like other have said, why would Bhell do this unless they have some agenda that worked in their favor.