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Is Internet Access A Human Right?: The Implications for the Rules of Access

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 19, 2011 as Is Internet Connectivity a Human Right? Given the critical role it plays in communication, culture, and commerce, most people now recognize the importance of Internet access. A new report for the United Nations Human Rights Council takes Internet access a […]

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June 21, 2011 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Is Internet Access A Human Right?: The Implications for the Rules of Access

Given the critical role it plays in communication, culture, and commerce, most people now recognize the importance of Internet access. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes a new report for the United Nations Human Rights Council takes Internet access a step further, however, characterizing it as a human right.

The report, written by Frank La Rue, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (an internationally regarded human rights expert who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize), took the political world by storm when it was released several weeks ago. 

The report explored the need to ensure that citizens have Internet connectivity and also the rules associated with that access. As a result, it was highly critical of policies that block access to content, threaten to cut off Internet access due to allegations of copyright infringement, and fail to safeguard online privacy.

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June 21, 2011 136 comments Columns

Public and Political Concern Over Usage Based Billing Gathers Steam

The increasing use of bandwidth caps and usage based billing models among Canadian ISPs may enjoy support from the CRTC, but the practice has begun to attract increasing critical attention in both the media and at the political level.  Yesterday, the NDP issued a release lamenting that “Canada is already […]

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January 21, 2011 86 comments News

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill For Mandatory Open Wifi in Federal Buildings

The Hill reports that U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Mark Warner introduced legislation on Friday that would require all public federal buildings to install WiFi base stations in order to free up cell phone networks.

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December 6, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Telus Rejects Internet Obligation to Serve

The Globe reports that Telus has argued in a submission to the CRTC that satellite, cable, copper, and wireless options will together provide 100 percent broadband coverage in Canada without the need for regulation.  Telus rejects calls for an Internet obligation to serve.

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April 27, 2010 4 comments Must Reads