Canadian Regulators Say Bell Canada's DSL Throttling Is Fine
from the sorta-misses-the-point,-though dept
Earlier this year, you may recall that Bell Canada started traffic shaping its DSL even at the wholesale level — and did so without bothering to tell any of its resellers. That meant that various resellers of Bell Canada, which had promised customers an open network, were suddenly lying, without even knowing it. These reseller ISPs protested, and Bell Canada responded by telling them to shut up and deal with it. The other ISPs protested to Canadian regulators who have now sided with Bell Canada, claiming that the traffic shaping is not discriminatory, because it impacts all reseller ISPs the same way. Of course, that’s not the type of discrimination the ISPs were complaining about…
The whole thing does seem quite questionable, as Bell Canada effectively changed the terms by which it provided service to its reseller ISPs, without any notification, let alone negotiation. Yet, because Bell Canada is effectively a monopoly as a provider of DSL, the ISPs have no competitive options to which they can turn. It sounds like the regulators could be convinced to examine other aspects of Bell Canada’s traffic shaping plans, but for now, it’s given the go-ahead on having them force all resellers to provide traffic-shaped DSL, even if they had promised not to traffic shape.