Archive for January 31st, 2011

Creator Groups Trade Short Term Gain for Long Term Pain in Bell – CTV Merger Review

This week the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will hold hearings on Canada’s biggest media and communications merger – BCE Inc. and CTVglobemedia Inc.  The merger will combine the country’s biggest telecom provider, private broadcaster, Internet provider, and second largest wireless provider into a single powerhouse.  

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that the implications are enormous, yet in stark contrast to a similar recent merger in the United States between cable giant Comcast and broadcaster NBCU, the competition concerns will take a back seat to the “benefits package” that BCE must pay to the Canadian cultural community.

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January 31, 2011 6 comments Columns

Creator Groups Trade Short Term Gain for Long Term Pain on BCE-CTV Merger

Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 30, 2011 as Monster Merger Threatens New Uses of Web This week the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will hold hearings on Canada’s biggest media and communications merger – BCE Inc. and CTVglobemedia Inc.  The merger will combine the country’s biggest telecom provider, […]

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January 31, 2011 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Telus On “Unlimited Internet”

From the company’sFAQ: Q. Why do you call your service unlimited, when my monthly usage islimited?A. We refer to TELUS High Speed as being unlimited because you getunlimited hours of monthly access. Update (10:20 pm): It appears that TELUS has removed this Q & A from its FAQ. 

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January 31, 2011 29 comments Must Reads

More Canadians Speak Out on Bill C-32, Deadline Today

Today is the final day for Canadians to submit their comments on Bill C-32 to the legislative committee examining the bill.  New posts of submissions include Heather Morrison linking open access with copyright reform and Dylan McCall with a library perspective. Meanwhile, CBC.ca covers the politics behind the bill and […]

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January 31, 2011 6 comments Must Reads