Application by CAIP requesting certain orders directing Bell Canada to cease and desist from “throttling” its wholesale ADSL Access Services
July 3, 2008

July 3, 2008

Mr. Robert Morin

Secretary General

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Ottawa, ON  K1A 0N2

RE:  Application by CAIP requesting certain orders directing Bell Canada to cease and desist from “throttling” its wholesale ADSL Access Services

Dear Mr. Morin,

These comments are submitted by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (“CATA”) in connection with the application that was filed by the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (“CAIP”) regarding the issue of traffic shaping. 

 

CATA is Canada’s largest technology trade association with over 300 member companies representing all segments and sizes of technology businesses from large corporations to entrepreneurs.

 

CATA’s members are at the forefront of developing innovative technology products and services that will elevate Canada’s position in the global marketplace. Fast and reliable access to the Internet is essential for these Canadian businesses to be competitive and indeed survive.  Equally important is the unimpeded, free flow of data of all types across the Internet. Many of CATA’s members are developing products and applications which rely upon higher speeds and unfettered access to content on the Internet.

 

However, the measures that Bell Canada is applying to manage the traffic of its Sympatico customers as well as its wholesale ISP customers is interfering with the ability of end-users to telecommute and/or work from their home offices and hindering our members from running their business and providing quick customer services.

 

As the Internet is increasingly integral to our economy and personal lives, we believe that there are traffic management solutions that are more effective and far less discriminatory than Bell Canada’s current solution.  In fact, there are many technology companies, including some of CATA’s members that are developing these very solutions.

 

In CATA’s view, the Commission must act to prevent anti-competitive behaviour and discriminatory practices in the management of core public telecommunications infrastructure. This will ensure that both CATA’s members and the Canadian businesses that they serve can remain competitive in today’s economy. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

(original signed by John Reid)

 

 

John Reid

President

CATAAlliance

 

cc.        Mirko Bibic, Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Bell Canada

Thomas Copeland, Chair, Canadian Association of Internet Providers