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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CRTC Refuses to Grant Injunction to Stop Bell Throttling

An actual ruling on the merits of the application is still pending, but the CRTC has refused to provide interim relief and stop Bell from throttling our connections until then. Really disappointing, but I can't say I expected a whole lot from the regulator that didn't actually head this off in the first place, which they should have done by making net neutrality a clear requirement for essential internet services.

More later...


Blogger Todd Howe said...

I wonder if the Video download service that Bell just announced might have anything to do with this?

Seriously - you can't make this stuff up. Bell says their network is choked with video traffic, next day they launch a video dload service.

"The content delivered by Bell Video Store is "DVD and above quality". Bit rates range from 1.5 to 2.5. The encoding rate used creates a file size which makes one hour of programming roughly equal to one gigabyte (1 GB) of file space in a computer. In comparison, a typical DVD makes a 2-hour movie about 4.7 GB.

Due to the large size of the files being downloaded, the service requires a broadband internet connection capable of sustaining transfer speeds of 800 kbit/s. A 2-hour movie may take 7 hours and 20 minutes to download using a 750 kbit/s DSL/cable connection or 1 hour and 50 minutes with a 3.0 Mbit/s DSL/cable connection."

1:38 p.m., June 02, 2008


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