Archive for June 29th, 2011

CRTC Faces Charges of Bias in Online Video Consultation

Earlier this month Konrad von Finckenstein, the chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, was asked at an industry conference about the role of consumer groups in telecom regulation. He responded that consumer groups generally do not have a problem ensuring their views are heard, but that their effectiveness depended upon getting organized and developing the necessary knowledge and expertise to fully participate in regulatory proceedings.

Yet just as von Finckenstein was providing assurances to the consumer community, my weekly technology column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the CRTC was erecting barriers to their participation in a consultation on online video services such as Netflix and AppleTV. In fact, the consultation (labeled a “fact-finding exercise”) has been marred by charges of CRTC bias that has led at least one consumer group to pull out altogether.

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June 29, 2011 11 comments Columns

CRTC Faces Charges of Bias in Online Video Consultation

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 26, 2011 as CRTC Faces Charges of Bias in Online Video Consultation Earlier this month Konrad von Finckenstein, the chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, was asked at an industry conference about the role of consumer groups in telecom regulation. He […]

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Bell Pays $10 Million To Settle Misleading Advertising Claim

Bell has settled a Competition Bureau complaint over misleading advertising dating back to 2007.  Bell agreed to pay $10 million, the maximum permitted under the Competition Act, and cover $100,000 in investigation expenses. The company denies wrongdoing, however, stating that it “fundamentally disagrees” with the Bureau.

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Calgary Statement on Free Access To Legal Information

CanLII’s Colin Lachance points to the Council of Canadian Academic Law Library Directors’ Calgary Statement on Free Access to Legal Information.  The statement urges all Canadian law schools, courts, legislatures, and governments to commit to electronic publication and urges faculty members to use Creative Commons licensing for their scholarship.

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STIC Report Finds Canadian Innovation Slides

Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council released its latest report on the State of the Nation, finding that Canada has declined over the past two years on the majority of innovation benchmarks

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