BCE to stop throttling heavy Internet users BCE Inc. said Monday it will end the practice of “throttling” or slowing down bandwidth speeds among certain heavy Internet users, citing a boost in network capacity as well the effective implementation of usage-based billing practices.
Bell will end the practice by March 1, it said.
In a regulatory submission with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the country’s largest Internet service provider said the measure — which has been derided by consumer advocates as a violation of so-called “net neutrality” principles — would be discontinued for the time being.
The surprise decision falls squarely on users swapping large amounts of data through “peer-to-peer” file-sharing technology such as BitTorrent, a minority using “torrent” files to download movies, television shows and music. BCE and other network operators blame torrent trading for congesting their broadband networks and degrading service across the system. (Photo: Lauren Strapagiel/National Post)