Thursday, February 3, 2011

Billing for the use of bandwidth: the reactions fuse

Citizens, businesses, pressure groups and politicians reacted strongly to the CRTC's decision to allow billing for the use of Internet bandwidth. The federal Minister of Industry Tony Clement announces that it will promptly file. Overview. In cyberspace, the reaction against a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) pemettre billing the use of Internet access services from 1 March 2011 will continue to multiply .
It is on the website OpenMedia. Ca, a nonpartisan organization that strives "to support a system of communications open and innovative in Canada as the grunting of the Internet has manifested itself in the most visible in recent days.
In November 2010, created a petition that automatically sends a message expressing disagreement with the billing of Internet use to Tony Clement, Minister responsible for Industry Canada, which has jurisdiction over the CRTC.
However, the petition OpenMedia. Ca which had 80 000 members 28 January 2011 had obtained 160,000 signatures on January 31, then over 235 000 names on 1 February 2011. The mention of the petition in the traditional media and in media and social networks appears to have contributed to the rapid increase in the number of signatories.
The growing interest of the population towards the record may have prompted the Minister Clement to announce that it will consider the situation in the coming days.
"As Minister of Industry Canada, it is my duty to encourage a competitive, innovative and to ensure that Canadian consumers have real choices when it comes time to purchase services. These decisions [CRTC] will be studied carefully to ensure that competition, innovation and consumer interests were all considered fairly, "he said in a statement.
Impacts many
While the implementation of bandwidth limits has long been associated with the fight piracy and the constraint of unlimited download, many believe that recent CRTC decisions have consequences on legitimate online services or the use Internet in general.
In a posting on the portal dedicated to video games with Game-Focus, Fred Laroche sums up the impact of CRTC decisions on the practice of online video game, but also the impact on other uses of the Internet by Canadian consumers.
"This is a disaster, so we use the Internet to play online, buy TV shows delayed we download full games via Xbox Live or PSN, which often weigh around 8 GB or we rent a movie via services such as NetFlix "said Laroche.
"Even an iPhone or iPad WiFi to save on the cost of 3G at home eats bandwidth. In normal flight, a family of 2 adults 2 children, had no difficulty in this fucked up to 60 GB if you calculate, computer, smart phones, game consoles and even the phone, as many use the phone now via Internet with solutions like Skype and ooVoo. "
On the other hand, in the discussion forum which is dedicated to broadband Internet services, the section devoted to services in Canada contains tens of son of discussion where users comment on the potential impacts of the decisions of the CRTC.
The application of billing the use of Internet access also raises questions from business users.
On the website of the Financial Post, an article reports that the Chief of the U.S. provider of video content on demand Netflix, Reed Hastings, "serious doubts" about the future of its business in Canada if the CRTC's decision is upheld.
"The pay-per-use is something that worries us. This could have a negative impact on Netflix, "said Mr. Hastings to the Canadian Press.
For its part, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has published an open letter that lists the "concerns" of the organization representing contractors in respect of the CRTC decision.
"This decision, if not reversed by the cabinet, will have a significant impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), even when they emerge from a recession. The vast majority of SMEs use Internet services at reasonable prices to manage their affairs, "said CFIB's letter.
"If all SMEs may face an increase in their cost of access and use of the Internet, are actually small ISPs that are severely affected because they will no longer ability to provide creative services and competitive. "
Political reactions
In federal politics, the Liberal Party and New Democratic Party voted since the beginning of the week and against the decisions of the CRTC and the reaction of the Conservative government.
Notably, the Liberal Party of Canada has dedicated a webpage to initiatives of opposition to charging for Internet use. For its part, the spokesman for the NDP digital issues, Charlie Angus, has expressed support for his party to a reversal of the CRTC decision.
These reactions result of Telecom Decision 2011-44, issued January 25, 2011 by the CRTC, who directs the incumbent providers of Internet access gateway residence (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable to reduce their tariffs by 15% Billing for the use they apply to competitive providers, in comparison with the rates they use for their own retail services.
This decision follows the decision télécom2010-255, CRTC, issued in May 2010, which approved the requests of incumbents Bell Aliant and Bell Canada for the establishment of a "practice of Internet traffic management such as economic access services for large residential gateway. "
These decisions allowed the incumbents to establish operating limits for their monthly Internet access services and broadband to apply charges for each additional gigabyte consumed.

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