THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA Report from Standing Committee

THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA

Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
MAY 2018

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LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or the Government. Recommendations related to this study are listed below.

Recommendation 1 That the government of Canada consider enshrining the principle of net neutrality in the Telecommunications Act, as proposed in private Member’s motion M-168 which is currently considered by the House of Commons. – see page 10

Recommendation 2 That, in the event that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission supports FairPlay Canada’s application, the federal government consider using the authority provided under section 12 of the Telecommunications Act to ask the CRTC to reconsider its decision. see page 15

Recommendation 3 That the Government of Canada seek assurances from the Government of the United States that Canadians’ communications with people located in the United States or passing through the U.S. networks to reach another destination, will not be undermined by U.S. Internet service providers, highlighting current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) obligations to ensure fair access to Canadian businesses and consumers and stressing its importance during NAFTA renegotiation efforts. see page 19

Recommendation 4 That the Government of Canada, in light of the increasingly global nature of digital commerce and Internet infrastructure, continue to pursue a dialogue with other countries about transborder Internet commerce, competition and infrastructure issues to promote harmonization of open Internet best practices on an international scale. see page 19

Recommendation 5 That the Government of Canada encourage the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to proactively use its power to inquire, which is provided for in the Telecommunications Act, to ensure that the Internet service providers’ practices are consistent with Canadian law. see page 20