Archive for August 16th, 2011

Pushing the Limits of State Surveillance

The Globe’s Lawrence Martin on the government’s lawful access plans with former Minister Stockwell Day noting he still supports requiring warrants before mandating disclosure of personal information.

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August 16, 2011 1 comment Must Reads

Stingray Launches Canadian Music Service

Stingray today launches a new online Canadian music service having addressed the major issue keeping services out of the country – the high cost of licensing. CRIA (Music Canada)’s Graham Henderson admits that high costs have been cited as one of the principal reasons services such as Pandora have stayed […]

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August 16, 2011 2 comments Must Reads

Telecom Giants Lure Ex-Cabinet Ministers to their Boardrooms

Telecom policies, particularly Internet and wireless issues, have generated enormous public interest over the past year. Politicians have evidently taken note with all political parties expressing concern over Internet data caps, net neutrality, and the competitiveness of Canadian wireless services.

The political shift toward consumer-focused telecom concerns has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of the large incumbent telecom providers such as Bell and Telus, who have found their regulatory plans stymied by political intervention and the admission by some Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission commissioners that the current policy environment has failed to foster sufficient competition.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the incumbent telecom providers recently served notice that they are gearing up to fight back, with Bell adding former Industry Minister Jim Prentice to its board of directors and Telus doing the same with former Public Safety Minister and Treasury Board President Stockwell Day. The addition of two prominent, recently departed Conservative cabinet ministers makes it clear that Bell and Telus recognize the increasing politicization of telecom policy.

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August 16, 2011 12 comments Columns

Telecom Giants Lure Ex-Cabinet Ministers to their Boardrooms

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 14, 2011 as Telecoms Lure Ex-Ministers in Boardrooms Telecom policies, particularly Internet and wireless issues, have generated enormous public interest over the past year. Politicians have evidently taken note with all political parties expressing concern over Internet data caps, net neutrality, and the […]

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