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ACTION ALERT: Demand net neutrality now

March 27, 2008

As recently reported by various news outlets, Bell Canada plans to have its 'third-party ISP traffic shaping' policy implemented across its entire network by April 7. This policy is more accurately referred to as 'throttling', or the practice of shaping Internet traffic by selectively limiting bandwidth.

According to a press release issued by the Campaign for Democratic Media today, without government intervention to prevent this practice, "Internet users will have much less choice in online media, will be restrained in their ability to freely communicate and could end up with a largely prescribed menu of 'choices,' many of which will only be available from these very same ISPs."

The Council of Canadians is a founding member of the Campaign for Democratic Media and supports the network's call for enforceable legislation on net neutrality - a principle that requires Internet service providers not to discriminate by speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.

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TAKE ACTION

You are encouraged to send the following sample letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice demanding legislation on net neutrality that would prevent big service providers from restricting our ability to communicate and access information freely on the Internet. You may submit the letter on our website at www.canadians.org/action.

SAMPLE LETTER

Minister Prentice, I am deeply concerned about Bell Canada's recent announcement that it will make its practice of throttling official starting April 7. Canada does not have strict enforceable net neutrality legislation and so there is very little structure in place to prevent the big ISPs from discriminating by speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.

I am outraged that Canada does not have a policy to protect my ability to communicate and access information freely on the Internet and urge you to take action on this matter immediately.
Sincerely,
Your name

CONTACT INFORMATION


Industry Minister Jim Prentice (MP, Calgary Centre-North) Ministry telephone: 613-995-9001
Ministry fax: 613-992-0302
Constituency office telephone: 403-216-7777
Constituency office fax: 403-230-4368
E-mail: Prentice.J@parl.gc.ca
or
Minister.Industry@ic.gc.ca

Meera Karunananthan, Media officer, Council of Canadians
The Council of Canadians
700-170 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5.
Tel: (613) 233-2773;
Toll-free: 1-800-387-7177
Fax: (613) 233-6776
Email: inquiries@canadians.org
Website: www.canadians.org

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