Canada is taking a much stronger stand against data cap exemptions than the United States.
In the US, the Federal Communications Commission’s new Republican leadership signaled that it won’t enforce net neutrality rules against zero-rating, the practice of favoring certain Internet content by exempting it from customers’ data caps. The FCC made that clear when it rescinded a determination that AT&T and Verizon Wireless violated net neutrality rules by letting their own video services stream without counting against customers’ data caps while charging other video providers for the same data cap exemptions.
Canada is also taking a case-by-case approach to zero-rating instead of banning it outright. But yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered changes to one carrier’s zero-rating program and announced that it will enforce stricter guidelines for determining whether zero-rating programs are discriminatory.
Zero-rating “generally gives an unfair advantage or disadvantage to certain content providers and consumers,” CRTC said in an announcement. The group said that it …