Items tagged with crtc

If you are a Canadian with a cell phone, we have some excellent news for you regrading regulations surrounding device unlocking. In this case, nearly everyone should be happy with the outcome; well with the exception of the executives at Canadian mobile carriers. Canada's CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) has just announced that beginning on December 1st, mobile carriers will be unable to charge a fee to allow someone to unlock their phone. It's a move that will save most people about $50, if they need to make use of the service. Samsung's beautiful Galaxy S8 is available in an unlocked variant Over the years, it's become commonplace to lock phones to the carrier... Read more...
Our neighbors to the north are looking to make sure that all of its citizens have access to high-speed internet. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week announced that it is investing an additional $750 million (which will complement existing and future commitments) to upgrade broadband infrastructure across the country. This initiative not only applies to fixed broadband connections to homes and business, but also to mobile wireless technology (particularly along Canadian roadways). The primary focus will be to ensure that “underserved areas” are connected, like citizens that live in rural sections of the country. These Canadians “do not have access to... Read more...
The Canadian ISP, Rogers Communications, admitted yesterday that it throttles games like World of Warcraft in its bid to maintain QoS for all customers. The issue came to light when a Rogers subscriber filed a complaint against the company in February. The author details why she believes Rogers is filtering WoW via deep packet inspection , noting, for example, that running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) prevents players from being kicked out of game randomly. The complaint then discusses the available evidence that points back to improper throttling on Roger's part. Rogers employees on their own forums have been stating that these games use P2P to run, which is why they're being throttled, and... Read more...
Oh, Canada. What are you teaching those American regulators? While most consumer-oriented Americans (as in, the consumers themselves) are doing everything they can to resist the evil known as "data throttling," Canada's main telecommunication agency has just okayed the process. We're hoping this doesn't set some sort of precedence, but honestly, who knows how this will affect other nations (including America). The CRTC, which has also been a recent pain for companies look to light up new high-def channels, has just passed regulations that will enable Internet providers to "throttle" traffic of its users. Of course, this rule only allows throttling--which involves the general slowing of throughput... Read more...