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Ottawa City Hall by Lord of the Wings© (CC BY-SA 2.0)

City Councils Strike Back in Bell Broadband Battle

The Canadian battle over broadband services has taken an unexpected turn in recent weeks as Bell’s effort to win high profile support for its appeal of a crucial ruling issued by Canada’s telecom regulator appears to have backfired. After support from Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson for the telecom giant came to light, city councillors in both cities fought back with motions rejecting the mayors’ positions and expressing support for more competitive Internet services.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that the issue started with a July 2015 Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision that extended policy measures designed to support independent Internet providers to emerging fast fibre connections. The ruling meant that Bell would be required to share their infrastructure with independent carriers on a wholesale basis. The policy guarantees Bell a profit on the connections, but also promotes increased competition that should provide consumers with more choice and better pricing.

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February 16, 2016 3 comments Columns

Universities of Ottawa and Haifa Announce LL.M. Exchange

The University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa have announcedan LL.M. exchange that will grant candidates two Master of Laws degrees upon completionafter 12 months.  Candidates spend the first six months at theUniversity of Ottawa, followed by four months at Haifa, and then twomore months working on a major research paper.  […]

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February 8, 2011 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Ottawa Announces $10.7 Million Digital Media Project

The federal government has announced plans to spend over $10 million to establish a "Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media" from Stratford to Kitchener.  Coming on the heels of the Nortel bankruptcy, this initiative reinforces the tech shift westward from Ottawa to Waterloo.  While tech leadership once resided with Nortel, […]

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January 23, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Net Neutrality Hits Parliament Hill

A final reminder that hundreds are expected on Parliament Hill today for a rally in support of net neutrality.  While I unfortunately won't be there due to a travel commitment, there are speakers from two political parties as well as many other net neutrality leaders.  The CBC offers some advance […]

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May 26, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

City of Ottawa To Offer Rural Broadband Services?

The City of Ottawa has issued an RFP calling for providers to partner to provide "broadband infrastructure and services to Ottawa’s rural communities, similar or superior to services that are currently available in urban areas of the city and at a price that is equitable in comparison to such urban […]

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November 22, 2006 6 comments Must Reads