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article imageCRTC denies Internet throttling appeal

By Bob Ewing     Oct 29, 2009 in Internet
A group of Internet providers has had their appeal to force Bell Canada to stop its Internet traffic management denied by the CRTC .
Bell Canada's Internet traffic management is also referred to as throttling.
Earlier today, CBC News reported the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied a "review and vary" request made by the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP).
CAIP is a group of smaller companies renting portions of Bell's network.
In 2008, the CRTC said Bell was within its rights to extend the throttling to its wholesale companies.
Bell claimed throttling was necessary as peer-to-peer traffic was causing congestion on its network. CAIP said Bell had not proven that congestion and launched an appeal,
The CRTC's decision reaffirmed its earlier order.
"The commission determines that the applications by CAIP et al. … do not raise substantial doubt about the correctness of the determination in [last year's decision]," it said. "The commission also determines that the applications do not raise substantial doubt about the correctness of [the previous decision] with respect to the completeness of the record used to make that decision or to the fettering of the commission's discretion."
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