Stay Out of Our Packets or We’ll Sue

Bell Canada may have to pay for violating net neutrality. A May 29 class action filing says Bell should reimburse each subscriber 80 percent of their subscriptions and $2,100 in penalties for throttling traffic to a fraction of advertised speeds and invading their privacy.

Bell had over two million DSL subscribers, and $3.6 billion in data service revenues, in Quebec and Ontario in 2007. The proposed lawsuit could reach hundreds of millions. The filing affects only Quebec residents. But it could spread: Neutrality has been a hot topic since Bell’s throttling of a national TV show made headlines.