CRTC - Rogers in violation for choking net traffic. (Rogers to Stop)
On Friday, Rogers was served with written notice and has been given 2 weeks to respond to the CRTC with either a rebuttal of their evidence or a produced plan which will ensure their compliance with Net Neutrality laws. Failure to provide a meaningful rebuttal or an effective plan will result in recommendation to Commissioners to hold a show-cause hearing.
The commission's traffic management policy, announced in the fall of 2009, stipulates that the noticeable degradation of time-sensitive Internet traffic, such as video chatting and gaming, requires prior approval from the CRTC. Companies also must disclose to their customers if they're slowing down peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic.
The directive also said the tactic of slowing down certain online traffic only should be used as a last resort to deal with network congestion and encourages companies to use "economic measures," such as data caps, to manage demand.
From their letter (CRTC):
Based on the preliminary results of our ongoing investigation, Commission staff is of the belief that Rogers Communications Inc. (“Rogers”) applies a technical ITMP to unidentified traffic using default peer-to-peer (“P2P”) ports. On the basis of our evidence to date, any traffic from an unidentified time-sensitive application making use of P2P ports will be throttled resulting in noticeable degradation of such traffic.
So unless I am misunderstanding this, Rogers either on fear of punitive action/publicity by the CRTC, or possibly on fear of market erosion by Bell's recent foray into unthrottled internet service, has now magically said they can open the data taps without fear of bursting the pipes?
So was it all a scam to get customers to buy into higher priced plans, to get access to faster connection speeds?
This must be embarrassing for them. I'm sure they'll concoct some story about how the technology has changed to allow them serve their valued customers better.
I'm expecting another round of price hikes to follow in several months time, when all of this is forgotten about.