The CRTC has announced plans to hold a consultation on whether information provided by incumbent companies on wholesale Internet access should be made publicly available. The CRTC has faced criticism for keeping much of the submitted information confidential rendering it difficult to fully assess the validity of cost claims.
Archive for March, 2012
While the headlines have focused on changes to the foreign ownership rules, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) echoes my initial post on the decision by arguing the government’s policy choices are rather timid.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 18, 2012 as Ottawa Foregoes Bold Vision for Telecom After months of delay, Industry Minister Christian Paradis unveiled the government’s telecom strategy last week, setting out the details of the forthcoming spectrum auction and tinkering with longstanding foreign ownership restrictions. Spectrum allocation and […]
- remove the user generated content provision
- create a new fair dealing test
- remove new statutory damages limits for non-commercial infringement
- remove a new exception for educational use of publicly available materials on the Internet
- add an iPod tax
- add statutory damages to circumvention of digital locks
- force ISPs to keep subscriber data for 3 years after an alleged infringement
While the extreme demands were rejected, the government also decided against proposed amendments from many groups such as those representing the visually impaired, documentary film makers, and librarians. One of the more notable decisions was to leave untouched a provision that could create some legal risks for cloud computing based services such as network-based PVRs. Both Rogers and Shaw raised concerns with the approach in Bill C-11, yet the government did not amend the provision in question despite a proposal on point from the Liberals.