Kevin Martin slaps Comcast on the wrist

Kevin Martin is planning to sanction Comcast for traffic shaping.  Although good, this isn’t a victory by any means as Martin, anointed by the great W., blames telecoms needs for traffic shaping on their inability to expand due to over-regulation.  He believes, as any “small” government lovin’ Republican should, that telecoms should be free toContinue reading “Kevin Martin slaps Comcast on the wrist”

Throttling web traffic is a good thing: Bell Canada

wired blog: “Bell Canada, the largest telecom provider in Canada, argues that throttling — the practice of slowing down web speeds for “bandwidth hogs” — ultimately improves the user experience and stokes innovation.” Of course this comes after Bell was lambasted for throttling, do you think Bell would be so forthcoming about all the benefitsContinue reading “Throttling web traffic is a good thing: Bell Canada”

Create a video describing Bill C61 in 61 seconds

You can do it! More information can be found here. From Michael Geist: “Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against Bill C-61 over the past month. In addition to the letters, MP meetings, and town halls, many have created mashups, videos, comics, posters, photos, and other creative art to express their disappointment andContinue reading “Create a video describing Bill C61 in 61 seconds”

Paranoia or real reason to panic: the death of “free” internet

According to an article on American Free Press, Canadian ISPs (Bell & Telus) are paving the way for a new pay-as-you-go cable inspired system that will be in place by 2010 and will serve as a model for the implementation of this system world-wide: “By 2012 ISPs all over the globe will reduce Internet accessContinue reading “Paranoia or real reason to panic: the death of “free” internet”

three strikes and you’re out: france

France is finally going through with its threat to impose a “three strikes and you’re out” policy when it comes to illegal downloading.  Offenders will have their be blocked from their ISP provider for up to a year.  This is certainly a good plan as there aren’t like a million ways to get around thisContinue reading “three strikes and you’re out: france”

Virgin plans to spy on users

Virgin Media plans to spy on users in order to curb illegal downloading. It will begin by sending letters to households suspected of hosting P2P files. This is a joint venture with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which has been pushing ISPs to implement a “three strikes and you’re out” rule when it comes toContinue reading “Virgin plans to spy on users”

Comcast’s blacklist

In order to fight what it deems as “network congestion”, Comcast is developing a way to slow down particularly heavy downloaders as opposed to all bittorrent users: “Comcast is starting to test new approaches to protecting its network from what it describes as congestion caused by a handful of customers who use far far moreContinue reading “Comcast’s blacklist”

Oh, the irony

I just saw a link reading “PC Guy Explains Net Neutrality on The Daily Show” at Reddit (owned by Conde Nast). I can’t watch the video because I’m in Canada. If your in the USA you can watch it though. How do entertainment licensing agreements factor into the net neutrality debate?

Punk rocker MP submits net neutrality bill

MP Charlie Angus (who was in a punk band) loves net neutrality so much that he has submitted a bill in Ottawa to ensure that Canadians will be able to pass information through the interwebtubes without concern. What I find interesting is that the bill is a private-member bill and not one submitted by aContinue reading “Punk rocker MP submits net neutrality bill”