Bell Canada seeks to curb heavy bandwidth use


TORONTO -- Canadian phone giant Bell Canada wants permission from regulators to penalize heavy bandwidth users with steep charges in a bid to curtail peer-to-peer file-sharing in peak hours.

Bell Canada on Wednesday told the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that the serial file-sharers it seeks to "throttle" greatly slow the time it takes online subscribers to legitimately transfer music, video, software and other large files.

The phone giant responded to an earlier request to the CRTC from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers to end Bell Canada's use of "traffic-shaping" technology to thwart bandwith hogs.