The CRTC's Differential Pricing Hearing: ISPs Should Not Be Picking the Internet's Winners and Losers - Michael Geist
Net neutrality, the longstanding principle that Internet service providers should treat all content and applications in an equal manner faces its toughest test yet this week as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada's broadcast and telecommunications regulator, conducts a hearing on whether ISPs may engage in "differential pricing". My Globe and Mail column notes that differential pricing refers to instances in which ISPs adopt a non-neutral approach to content by charging one price for consumers to download or access some content, but a different price for other content. The issue - sometimes known as "zero rating" for cases in which ISPs do not levy any data charges for certain content - may sound technical, but it has huge implications for how Canadians access and pay for Internet services.
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