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    Rogers Reveals, Part Two: Broadband Internet Prices to Increase, Unlimited Plans "Short-Sighted"

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    Thursday July 25, 2013

    While much of the focus of yesterday's Rogers quarterly call was on the wireless sector (see part one on roaming rates), it should be noted that company executives indicated that consumer broadband Internet prices - which the OECD recently reported were among the ten most expensive in the developed economy world - will continue to increase. Moreover, the company called unlimited bandwidth offers "short-sighted" and recent price increases just one step in the efforts to monetize broadband services.



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    OECD Report: Canada Still Among Ten Most Expensive Countries for Broadband Internet Services

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    Tuesday July 16, 2013
    Yesterday I blogged twice about the 2013 OECD Communications Outlook, a major international report issued once every two years with detailed comparative data on telecommunications throughout the developed economy world. My first post noted that Canada's wireless performance ranks poorly, as it is among the most ten most expensive countries within the OECD in virtually every category and among the three most expensive countries for several standard data only plans. After Telus responded to my post, I followed up with a second post that examined some of the Telus-specific data used by the OECD. Those measures ranked Canada as the 2nd most expensive of 7 countries for 1 GB of wireless data (at speeds Telus customers are likely to receive) and the second most expensive of 19 countries for 500 MB of wireless data for tablets (again at speeds Telus customers are likely to receive).

    The OECD report also includes comparative data on broadband services with Canada ranked among  the ten most expensive countries in virtually every tier (note that the OECD measures the cost by purchasing power parity so that differences in income are factored into the analysis).  For example, for plans offering 54 GB of data per month at speeds of 45 Mbit/second, Canada ranks as the 9th most expensive in the OECD. Move down a notch to 42 GB of data per month at 30 Mbit/second and Canada is the 8th most expensive country in the OECD. At slower speeds, Canada remains expensive - 33 GB of data per month at 15 Mbit/second is the 11th most expensive and for 18 GB of data per month at 2.5 Mbit/second it is the 9th most expensive.


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    Celebrating Internet Freedom Day: When the Internet Met Copyright

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    Friday January 18, 2013
    Today is Internet Freedom Day, a day to celebrate efforts to ensure an open and free Internet. Coming on the anniversary of the Wikipedia blackout that successfully stopped the Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States, it is worth thinking about the many successes (ACTA, Internet surveillance in Canada), failures (TPP, digital locks in Canadian copyright law), and tragedies (Aaron Swartz) that have occurred in the past year.

    Last fall, I delivered a keynote address at the University of Saskatchewan for its Technology Week 2012 that focused on these issues. The talk was titled When the Internet Met Copyright and can be viewed via a stream here (sorry no embed available).
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    Declaration of Internet Freedom

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    Tuesday July 03, 2012
    Dozens of civil society groups have issued a Declaration of Internet Freedom that focuses on five principles: expression, access, openness, innovation, and privacy.
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