Archive for December, 2010

CRTC Levies $500K Fine for Do-Not-Call Violation

In the largest do-not-call violation fine to date (by far), the CRTC has hit Xentel DM, a Calgary-based telemarketing firm, with a $500,000 fine for violating the law.

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December 20, 2010 5 comments Must Reads

TVO Planning Free Digital Archive

TVO is planning to launch an online public archive in February that will include some its best educational content from the past 40 years.

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December 20, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Sorting Through The Spin: The Liberals and the iTax

The issue of Liberal support for an “iTax” hit a fever pitch this week with competing releases – the Liberals stating they are against it and the Conservatives releasing a radio ad that says the Liberals support such reforms.  That led some to ask for evidence to sort out the competing claims.  This post is an attempt to do that.

First, it is clear that the radio ad is factually wrong.  The Liberals now unequivocally state that they oppose an iPod levy.  The radio ad says of the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc “now they all back an iPod tax.”  There isn’t much room for interpretation here – the Liberals have stated their current policy and the Conservative ad says the opposite.

Second, even if the ad is wrong, some claim that the Liberals have flip-flopped on the issue.  For example, Stephen Taylor makes that case, pointing to their support for a motion on the private copying levy from earlier this year.  He adds that the press release says one thing, the vote another.

This position requires a more careful examination of the motion and the vote itself.  This saga begins with a motion in March at the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage stating:

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December 18, 2010 52 comments News

Reactions to the Liberal C-32 Amendments

Reactions to the proposed Liberal Bill C-32 amendments included criticism from groups like the Writers Guild of Canada and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, along with modest support from the Canadian Conference for the Arts.  The Conservatives, meanwhile, escalated the rhetoric around the “iPod tax” issue by releasing a radio […]

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December 17, 2010 11 comments Must Reads

City of Vancouver Passes Anti-UBB Resolution

The City of Vancouver has passed a resolution calling on the CRTC to reverse its usage based billing decision. While a municipal resolution obviously is not binding on the telecom regulator, the move places the spotlight on growing frustration with wireless and Internet services in Canada.  It also comes on […]

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December 17, 2010 3 comments Must Reads