Bell Canada BitTorrent action OK'd

CRTC will flesh out decision soon

TORONTO -- Canadian phone giant Bell Canada can use "traffic-shaping" technology to choke off BitTorrent and other bandwidth hogs, Canada's telecoms regulator ruled Wednesday.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission denied a request for interim relief from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, representing third-party ISPs, against the use of packet filtering technology to manage Internet traffic.

The regulator is promising letter dated Thursday to all parties in the dispute to flesh out its decision.

Bell Canada has sought permission to penalize heavy bandwidth users with steep charges to curtail peer-to-peer file-sharing in peak hours.

The phone giant argues that serial file-sharers it seeks to "throttle" greatly slow the time it takes legitimate online subscribers to transfer music, video, software and other large files.