Is there net neutrality regulation?


Has any national regulator issued any regulation regarding zero rating?

Yes. The regulation is set out in the previous cell. The regulation was applied to close down zero-rating schemes in and Earlier, less-specific forms of these rules were applied to close down schemes for zero-rating affiliated content in

Is zero rating permitted by the national regulation or tolerated by the national regulator?


Name of the operators implementing zero rating offerings:

Videotron; Bell Canada (neither scheme operating following voluntary abandonment and regulatory rulings, respectively).

Are the operators zero-rating specific services (e.g. only Whatsapp) or classes of services (e.g. all instant messaging apps)?

In the Videotron scenario, Videotron indicated willingness to consider zero-rating any music service; a range were zero-rated

In case only specific services are zero rated, what are the zero rated services?

The first case (Bell Canada, Videotron) was a mobile IPTV-over-Internet service. The second (Videotron) case was an Unlimited Music service — it was a range of online music providers

 Is the zero-rated service throttled or blocked after the data volume is exceeded?

These were unlimited services.

Is the user signing up for free (e.g. zero rated services are bundled with specific offerings) or is the zero rating offering?

Combination of add-ons and bundles.

Is the Content of Application Provider paying to be zero-rated?

In the first (Bell Canada, Videotron) case, this was an affiliated service; don’t know how the internal or intercorporate transfer accounting worked. In the Videotron case (external music providers), no.

Is the zero rating offering time-limited?

When offered, they were not — now abandoned or required to be closed down.

Internet penetration level:

In Oct/2019, 92.7% per IWS

 Is there data protection regulation in the country?

Yes. Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (‘PIPEDA’) Personal Information Protection Act (‘PIPA Alberta’) Personal Information Protection Act (‘PIPA BC’), Personal Information Protection and Indentity Theft Prevention Act (‘PIPITPA’) (not yet in force), and An Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector (‘Quebec Privacy Act’), (collectively, ‘Canadian Privacy Statutes’).

Name of the person providing information (optional):

Bram Abramson