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Canadian Court Rules Net Neutrality Tied to Levy

schon (31600) writes | about 4 years ago

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schon (31600) writes "The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals made an important ruling today, ruling that ISPs can not be the subject of a federal levy, as long as they remained neutral parties.

Canadian cultural groups asked the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission) to impose a levy on ISPs, in order to fund "Canadian Content". ISP groups objected, and the question went to Federal Appeals court.

The court ruled that ISPs can't be subject to a proposed levy because they weren't broadcasters under the Broadcasting Act; however the court also said that this definition only holds so long as the ISPs remain neutral channels with regards to content distribution.

So a big win for Canadian internet users — if ISPs don't want to be forced to pay the levy, they have to remain committed to net neutrality!"

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