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ECPA Receives First Reading in the Senate

The Electronic Commerce Protection Act received first reading in the Senate on Monday with plans for second reading tomorrow.  It will then go to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications for review.

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December 3, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada’s Telecom Crisis: My Appearance Before the Senate Transport and Communications Committee

Two weeks ago, I appeared before the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications to discuss the state of telecommunications in Canada.  The committee is conducting a study on the wireless sector and access to high-speed Internet.  The full hearing last over 90 minutes and the transcript has just been posted online.  My opening statement is posted below.

Appearance before the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications
May 26, 2009

Good morning.  My name is Michael Geist.  I am a law professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, where I hold the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.  I am also a syndicated weekly columnist on law and technology issues for the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.  I served on National Task Force on Spam struck by the Minister of Industry in 2004 and on the board of directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the dot-ca domain name space, from 2000 – 2006.

I appear before the committee today in a personal capacity representing only my own views.  I grateful both for the opportunity to appear before you and for your decision to address this issue.  As you know, Canada was once a global leader in the telecom field.  Companies like Nortel led the world and – befitting a country with our geography – Canada consistently ranked toward the top on most telecom measures. No longer.  While RIM has carved out an important niche and become a household name, the Canadian telecommunications scene is in a state of crisis.  This is no exaggeration.  Following years of neglect by successive governments, the absence of a forward-looking digital agenda, and cozy, uncompetitive environment, we now find ourselves steadily slipping in the rankings just as these issues gain even more importance for commercial, educational, and community purposes.

I know that you are focused primarily on the wireless sector, but I think the problems within our telecommunications infrastructure are not so easily divisible.  I would like to briefly discuss three issues – wireless, broadband access, and net neutrality.

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June 8, 2009 26 comments Committees, News

Senate Anti-Spam Bill Passes Second Reading

Senator Yoine Goldstein's anti-spam bill has passed second reading at the Senate and will now head to committee.  Conservative Senators expressed some concerns with the bill and provided assurances that Industry Minister Tony Clement is developing legislative options to address spam.

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April 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

LAC Opening Hours Raised in the Senate

Readers may recall the storm over cutbacks to the Library and Archives opening hours.  That issue was elevated yesterday as it was raised during the Senate's Question Period.

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November 1, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Senate Sends C-59 to Committee

The Senate began debate yesterday on Bill C-59, the movie camcording bill.  The bill received enthusiastic support from both a Conservative and a Liberal Senator, but the bill was then sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications for review, suggesting that the Senate might conduct the hearings […]

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June 19, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads