GATINEAU, Que. — One of Canada’s top cable companies is telling federal regulators to stay out of its affairs when it comes to managing Internet traffic.

 

Executives from Rogers Communications Inc. are appearing at special hearings by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

 

They said the company sometimes slows down users who are sharing big files, such as movies, in order to make the network work more efficiently for their other subscribers.

 

To do so, its technology examines the kinds of communications that are going on over the network.

Critics of traffic-management practices say this kind of monitoring is an invasion of privacy, and companies could use technology to favour their own services and sites.

But Rogers vice-president Ken Engelhart says the company has no idea who is doing file sharing, what the files are, and does not manage Internet traffic to benefit its own services.