Rogers once again disobeys rules, unfairly throttles internet speeds for third time in three months

by Knowlton Thomas

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has written to Rogers Communications. The address raises the issue of customer complaints that the major internet service provider has been slowing the speeds of “time sensitive audio [and] video traffic."

This is the third time in just three months that the telco giant has been caught disobediently throttling internet speeds. In December, and again in January, the CRTC address Rogers specifically over its anti-competitive practices. However, these have been nothing more than slaps on the wrist—no real action has yet been taken to truly stop Rogers.

The Coalition has been pushing Industry Minister Tony Clement to ask the CRTC to enforce its Internet openness regulations, which clearly state that ISPs cannot discriminate against online content or applications by slowing or blocking them, for over a year.

“It’s clear that changes must be made,” said SaveOurNet co-founder Steve Anderson. “Internet openness regulations are in place, and still Big Telecom feels free to engage in discriminatory practices. It is time for policymakers to stop coddling big industry players, and begin to protect citizens’ communications interests.”


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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