Archive for April 7th, 2011

Joining the Wellington Street Post Advisory Board

I am pleased to announce that I’ve joined the advisory board of the Wellington Street Post, a new online publication that aggregates online political commentary from across the political spectrum.

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April 7, 2011 2 comments Must Reads

Facebook Comments Lead to Criminal Charges in Alberta

Allegedly defamatory comments posted on Facebook by an Alberta resident has led to criminal charges. The accused will appear in court on Friday.

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April 7, 2011 3 comments Must Reads

YouTube Takes Down Harper Music Clip on Copyright Claim

YouTube has removed a clip of Stephen Harper performing John Lennon’s Imagine after Yoko Ono’s company issued a takedown notice.

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April 7, 2011 8 comments Must Reads

What to do About Retail Usage Based Billing: A Modest Proposal

OpenMedia.ca, which spearheaded the public uproar over usage based billing earlier this year, launched a Vote Internet campaign that quickly attracted political support. The campaign asks candidates to be pro-Internet, which includes standing up for an open and accessible Internet and stopping the “pay meter on the Internet.” While this predictably raises claims of retail price regulation, addressing concerns about retail UBB need not involve a return to regulatory approvals over retail pricing of Internet services.

I’ve argued that UBB is fundamentally a competition problem and that addressing the competition concerns (which OpenMedia also supports) will address many of the concerns.  Increased competition takes time, however, and in the meantime there are legitimate concerns about the use of UBB in Canada at the retail level given the approaches in other countries and the pricing far above costs.  In addition to discussing those issues, my UBB paper makes a modest proposal for addressing retail UBB that includes greater transparency and a reasonableness standard.  The proposal – which I’ve called the creation of Internet Billing Usage Management Practices or IBUMPs – is explained below.

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