Archive for March 15th, 2010

Government Pulling Support for Community Access Programs

Marita Moll reports that Industry Canada has sent letters to thousands of community access program sites advising that funding is coming to an end for most sites.  CAP was established in 1995 to provide community access to the Internet.  The program will be scaled down to cover only those communities without access to a publicly funded library within 25 kilometres.  Other program sites will see their funding disappear effective April 1, 2010.

Industry Canada describes CAP in the following manner:

The program plays a crucial role in bridging the Digital Divide; contributing to the foundation for electronic access to government services; encouraging on-line learning and literacy; fostering the development of community based infrastructure; and, promoting Canadian e-commerce.

The Government says the program is no longer needed.  The letter to administrators states:

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March 15, 2010 16 comments News

Angus To Introduce Bill Proposing MP3 Levy

Billboard reports that NDP MP Charlie Angus plans to introduce a private member's bill that would extend the private copying levy to MP3 players.

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March 15, 2010 13 comments Must Reads

FCC Chair Genachowksi on Broadband

FCC Chair Julius Genachowksi has a strongly worded op-ed on a U.S. broadband strategy that is scheduled to be unveiled on Tuesday.

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March 15, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

UK Digital Economy Bill Update

There has been a lot of activity on the UK Digital Economy bill in recent days including a leaked recording industry lobby document outlining its efforts to push the bill through and news that the Lib Dems plan to oppose the disconnection and web censorship provisions.

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March 15, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Trosow on Why Copyright Fair Dealing Needs Flexiblity

UWO's Sam Trosow has posted a column on why Canada should enact a flexible fair dealing provision.

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March 15, 2010 2 comments Must Reads