Canada Just Ruled to Uphold Net...
Canada Just Ruled to Uphold Net Neutrality
JORDAN PEARSON Apr 20 2017, 1:23pm
"Happy 420, internet friends.
On Thursday afternoon, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country's federal telecom regulator, dropped a bombshell ruling on the status of net neutrality—the principle that all web services should be treated equally by providers. And, blessedly, it's good news.
The CRTC ruled that "[internet] service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas," a CRTC news release states. What this means is that service providers won't be able to privilege certain services over others—say, YouTube or Apple Music—by letting you use them without dinging your data plan. This is a practice generally known as "zero-rating" or differential pricing."
Thank goodness some governments are listening, and understand, and are strong enough to act for the betterment of their citizens.
At least we know it can be done somewhere, maybe with some help from us it can happen where we all live too.