CRTC hopes differential pricing ruling will mean more data for less money

Internet service providers can no longer exempt some content, like certain video and music streaming applications, from counting towards customers’ data caps, says Canada’s telecommunications watchdog.

The CRTC ruled that ISPs must treat all web traffic equally and cannot prioritize such content by exempting its use from being tallied towards a data cap. The practice, known as differential pricing, could give an unfair advantage or disadvantage to some content providers and consumers, the commission said.

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