There will be hell to pay if congress lets US companies restrict access to the internet or slow down speeds for certain websites. It's already starting in Canada and it's only a matter of time before internet users let the government know that companies don't get to charge us for 100Mbps and then slow down certain websites. Companies don't get to tell us which perfectly legal sites we can visit and how fast we can navigate them. We're not China. We won't put up with this kind of bs.Later that day, Keith McArthur, vice-president of social media for Rogers Communications, posted on the company's Redboard blog that the speed results "only apply to customers’ specific Netflix connection and not overall internet speeds," which were much faster. He added that the test was conducted "just before we virtually doubled Netflix capacity."
That led some people to speculate that Rogers might be throttling or deliberately slowing down Netflix as part of its internet traffic management practices. If that were the case, it would be required to disclose the practice under Canadian net neutrality rules.
Rogers's social media team responded both on its blog and on Twitter that "We absolutely do not throttle traffic on our network."
University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, who specializes in issues related to the internet, wrote on his blog Tuesday that Rogers's responses "raise troubling questions about how Rogers manages its network and whether the slow Netflix speeds could have been used to create a competitive advantage for its own online video services."