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The Net: Net Neutrality Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Why We Should All Be Concerned
The issue of Net Neutrality is a growing concern to independent media websites, bloggers and Internet users across Canada and across North America. As the giant Internet Providers in each country move to controlling and charging for the Internet we asked two of Canada’s opposition party leaders what they think.On behalf of Michael Ignatieff, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your recent email regarding Net Neutrality.
The Liberal Party of Canada supports the principles of net neutrality and an open and competitive Internet environment. We believe that in a free and open democracy in the 21st century, in an innovative and progressive economy, no tool is more paramount than the Internet.
The issue of net neutrality is a global one and internet management should be neutral and not be permitted for anti-competitive behaviour nor should it target certain websites, users, providers or legitimate software applications. We must protect the openness and freedom of the internet, and maintain competition to spur innovation, improve service levels and reduce costs to users.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Currently, no laws in Canada exist regulating the flow of Internet traffic.
We have repeatedly asked the Harper Conservatives whether they support net neutrality but so far they have refused to answer the question. Thank you for taking the time to write to the Leader of the Opposition.
Office of Michael Ignatieff
Leader of the Opposition
—-Thank you for including me in your email to the Conservative government
urging them to support net neutrality.
Canada`s New Democrats believe fair and open access to internet data is
a cornerstone of the growing digital economy. Like you, we fully support
implementing “net neutrality” to protect the right of Canadians to
freely access the internet content of their choice at a flat rate and
with clear and transparent rules in place.
We have called on the CRTC to conduct regular compliance audits of ISP
traffic management practices. Our position is in reaction to a decision
by the CRTC allowing ISPs to throttle the internet traffic of
competitors or end users as they see fit. When this decision was made,
NDP Digital Affairs critic Charlie Angus said, “Basically the CRTC has
left the wolves in charge of the henhouse. ISP giants have been given
the green light to shape traffic on the internet in favour of their
corporate interests. This decision is a huge blow to the future
competitiveness of the internet.”
You can read more here:
Additionally, Mr. Angus has introduced specific legislation to address
net neutrality. Bill C-398, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act
(Internet neutrality), aims to amend the Telecommunications Act to
prohibit telecommunications service providers from engaging in network
management practices that favour, degrade or prioritize any content,
application or service transmitted over a broadband network based on its
source, ownership, destination or type, subject to certain exceptions.
This enactment also prohibits telecommunications service providers from
preventing a user from attaching any device to their network and
requires telecommunications service providers to make information about
the user’s access to the Internet available to the user.
You can review the text and timeline of the Bill C-398 by visiting:
Again, I appreciate knowing of your support for fair and open internet
access. Please visit our website at www.ndp.ca to learn the latest about
our team of New Democrats.
Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats
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