CRTC passes judgement against Vidéotron Unlimited Music, publishes differential pricing guidelines

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Looks like plans in Québec are about to get a little less competitive...

Link: http://mobilesyrup.com/2017/04/20/crtc-passes-judgement-differential-pricing-videotron/

Thank you again CRTC! It wasn't enough to not mandate wholesale tarifs on wireless to MVNO's, but now we enforce net neutrality at Rogers' request!

Super awesome for allowing the establised wireless providers to exploit subscribers :D

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This was to preserve Net neutrality.  I applaud the CRTC for this decision
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@Dennis: the CRTC's decision does not favour consumers.

Net neutrality is not necessarily a good thing. We tolerate different types of differential pricing in our society (seniors / students discounts, etc.).

Koodo is just as much a culprit to differential pricing by giving better value plans in SK/MB/QC, also leveraging bigger activation credits on certain phones when activating via QC area code cellphone numbers.

If there were no differential pricing in our market, I'd consider endorsing net neutrality. With the status quo, I cannot.

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I believe in the good of net neutrality in order to continue innovation and to not discriminate against the different types of data.

If they want to benefit customers, lower the cost of data overall then.  Or lower the cost of data for seniors or students (commonly accepted disadvantaged groups).  But do not discriminate based on the the type of data and benefit a group that is possibly advantaged already.  Zero-rating for the most part benefits advantaged groups and that is at the core of net neutrality compared to differential pricing for disadvantaged groups 

What happens is big companies who benefit from zero rating gets bigger and then we will have another market or industry where there is a oligopoly.  

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So companies like Google and Apple get bigger because Videotron & T-Mobile allow uncapped music streaming on their platforms? I think those who are into music streaming on those networks will do it regardless, most likely primarily on wifi, or get big data plans. I also don't think Koodo lost any customers to Videotron due to their uncapped music streaming over data.

Thing is, if net neutrality were awesome, then zero rating data could be limited to carrier billing / self-serve apps, and that's it. Meaning Rogers/Fido would be a culprit of zero rating data for their video over LTE.

Maybe it'd be more awesome to see the CRTC impose an alternative, say if videotron wants to offer zero rating data on music streaming, that it'd be applicable across the board regardless of which app a subscriber uses for their music streaming. That'd be awesome!

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YES!  It prevents a start up music streaming company from having an opportunity to crack the market when a carrier gives free data for these services, but not for other services.

If they will do it regardless, why even bother zero-rating it?  This is business decision, they are not giving it away for free and not expecting any gain.  And yes people will move over if a carrier has free data for certain services.  That is why they were offering it.

Even if they did it for ALL music services (new, old, startup, etc), this is an unfair advantage over other business.  What about video, other entertainment, podcasts, online talk radio, sports, etc?

Why dont they just lower data prices so customers can make their own data decisions.  It could be music, it could be video, whatever a customer wants.  Maybe everyone gets free 1GB.