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Statement on Net Neutrality by Liberal Critic for Industry and Consumer Affairs Geoff Regan

Statement on Net Neutrality by Liberal Critic for Industry and Consumer Affairs Geoff Regan

Posted on July 8, 2011

HALIFAX- Liberal Critic for Industry and Consumer Affairs, Geoff Regan, made the following statement today in response to an article by the University of Ottawa’s Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Michael Geist:

“Without the threat of sanctions from the CRTC, Internet service providers have little reason to follow the CRTC’s established management framework.

Without pro-active audits by the CRTC to measure internet management practices, there is no data for consumers to make informed judgements or register effective complaints.

It is time to protect consumers and ensure that Internet service providers comply with Canada’s net neutrality rules by:

i)- making complaints about net neutrality violations, as well as resolutions to those complaints, public,
ii)- creating penalties for providers who fail to comply with net neutrality rules, and
iii)- conducting public audits on Internet management practices”

Dr. Geist’s article, “Canada’s Net Neutrality Enforcement Failure,” is available at: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5918/135/