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Wireless Industry Association Responds to Text-Message Column

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association responds to my recent column on text-messaging, taking issue with the comment that Canadian consumers pay more, but get less.

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August 13, 2008 8 comments Must Reads

Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Ringtone Decision

The Federal Court of Canada has issued its decision (not yet online) in the judicial review of the Copyright Board of Canada's ringtone decision.  The court upheld the decision, marking a big win for SOCAN and a loss for the wireless providers (CWTA, Bell Mobility, Telus) who challenged the Board's decision.  The court addressed two primary issues – first, whether the transmission of a ringtone to a cellphone is a "communication" under the Copyright Act and second, whether it is a "communication to the public."  While the wireless carriers argued that a communication must only include a transmission that is intended to be heard simultaneously or immediately upon transmission, the court disagreed, ruling that "the wireless transmission of a musical ringtone to a cellphone is a communication, whether the owner of the cellphone accesses it immediately in order to hear the music, or at some later time."

The potentially more important line of reasoning involves whether the transmission of the ringtone is a "communication to the public." 

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January 10, 2008 1 comment News

CWTA on Lawful Access

"CWTA is not aware of even a single circumstance when law enforcement has demonstrated an inability to obtain CNA information from the wireless industry.  CWTA notes that the types of 'basic identifiers' sought for wireless services go well beyond what virtually anyone would consider basic."

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October 16, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada’s Communications Outlook: Average At Best

The OECD has just released its Communications Outlook 2007.  The report contains an incredible amount of comparative data on phone, broadband, and broadcast markets in all OECD countries.  Each country will look for its own rankings (US, UK, Australia), but there has yet to be much Canadian coverage with the […]

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July 17, 2007 6 comments News

CRTC Invites Comments on Number Portability

Earlier this week I commented on the CWTA’s disappointing plan for cell phone number portability which envisions a full rollout in 2007, despite calls from the federal government to move expeditiously.  This afternoon the CRTC jumped into the fray, inviting comments on the issue including the CWTA’s proposed timeframe.  If […]

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September 16, 2005 3 comments News