Extreme Internet Throttling Continues in Canada, Report Finds

by Knowlton Thomas

It appears that, despite best efforts to eliminate internet throttling once and for all in Canada, the controversial practice continues.

According to tests run at Measurement Lab, certain Canadian telecommunications companies are still throttling to extreme degrees. The nation's largest internet providers slowed down file-sharing traffic in the first quarter of this year, even though they pledged commitments to cease the practice.

Rogers was found to be throttling an astonishing 80% of file-sharing traffic on its network. Bell was not far behind at 77%.

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Rogers said it would stop throttling by the end of this year. Bell said it would stop by March 1st of this year; the company recently affirmed this was done on schedule.


A video explaining Measurement Lab, which is backed by Google, BitTorrent, and others.


While Rogers and Bell are by far the worst offenders, they are not the only. TekSavvy was caught throttling 36% of file-sharing traffic, Shaw with 22%. Telus, the third of the "Big Three," throttled just 2%.

Bell Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and... more

Rogers Communications
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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