This is what it’s been like to be a Canadian on the Internet this week…
In the USA Ajit Pai’s FCC is moving forward on plans to remove Title II protections for home and mobile Internet users; meanwhile, in Canada, such protections have arguably never been stronger. When it comes to wireless, net neutrality inevitably ends up focusing on zero-rated data. Fellow Canadian forum readers may remember your very own Ben Klass who, in a 26-page complaint to our CRTC, convinced our regulator that Bell’s zero-rated mobile television offering was in violation of this country’s Telecommunications Act.
Earlier this week Ars Technica posted a deep dive into exactly how the CRTC deals with zero-rated data offerings. Ben Klass already knows that the regulator has a complaints-based rather than blanket policy in such matters; there are, in fact, four criteria considered with every complaint:
- The degree to which the treatment of data is agnostic (i.e., data is treated equally regardless of its source or nature);
- Whether the offering is exclusive to certain customers or certain content providers;
- The impact on Internet openness and innovation;
- Whether there is financial compensation involved.
For more insights into net neutrality in Canada vs. the USA, plus zero-rated data as treated by the CRTC vs. FCC, see the link immediately below.
Link: Ars Technica