U.S Court of Appeals Has Ruled Against ‘Fast Lanes’ on the Internet: Will the CRTC Do the Same?

This past Tuesday, a victory was won for those in support of keeping the Internet a neutral space for the exchange of information.

The U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit ruled that broadband providers cannot create “fast lanes” for 1ijZVwNthe transmission of certain content, and must treat all content as equally important. In other words, no one can pay an extra fee to have their content delivered at a faster speed than anyone else. The field remains open on a first come, first served basis, you could say.

While this was a decision arrived at in the U.S, experts in Canada feel that it will be something that is scrutinized by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The CRTC announced this spring that it will be reviewing the current regulations in a future public hearing on new pricing tactics used by certain broadband providers.

Financialpost.com reports that in 2009, the CRTC passed net neutrality rules to prevent broadband providers from slowing down or blocking certain lawful content, in order to provide a faster lane for other content.

Providers are for the existence of a graded pricing scheme, which benefits them and is marketed as a ‘consumer perk’, while other parties feel the Internet should be maintained as a neutral space.

The CRTC’s public hearing covering the matter will be held on October 31st, 2016

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