Net Neutrality And Creative Freedom (Tim Wu at re:publica 2010) by 
Anna Lena Schiller (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/7VfazT

Net Neutrality And Creative Freedom (Tim Wu at re:publica 2010) by Anna Lena Schiller (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/7VfazT

Net Neutrality

Rock the Net

Dozens of musicians – including Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Barenaked Ladies – have joined a new musician coalition focused on net neutrality in the U.S.  A formal announcement of the campaign is scheduled for next week.

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March 19, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Net Neutrality in the Media

Amber MacArthur, now with CityNews, produced a good intro to the net neutrality issue.  Interestingly, both Rogers and Bell refused to appear on camera for the story.  Meanwhile, Shane Shick at Computing Canada provides his perspective, concluding that "if we value access to information as we do access to health […]

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March 15, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Wireless Number Portability Just a First Step

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on wireless number portability, which makes its much-anticipated debut on Wednesday, allowing Canadian consumers to change their cellphone provider without surrendering their current phone number.  I note that while wireless number portability removes one lock that the providers have […]

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March 12, 2007 4 comments Columns

Wireless Number Portability Only A First Step

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 12, 2007 as Number Portability Only a First Step Wireless number portability, which will allow Canadian consumers to change their cellphone provider without surrendering their current phone number, makes its much-anticipated debut on Wednesday.  Canadian consumers have been clamouring for number portability for […]

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March 12, 2007 2 comments Columns Archive

Net Neutrality at the Industry Committee

Yesterday I appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as part of their examination of telecom deregulation.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation, which I took to be an opportunity to discuss net neutrality.  I hope I didn't disappoint – I've posted my opening remarks below.  I focused on three issues in my opening: net neutrality, broadband strategies, and anti-spam legislation.   I tried to emphasize the need for action now, particularly with Canada developing an international position on net neutrality at the OECD (which behind the scenes is developing a paper on Internet traffic prioritization). The remarks attracted some interest from the committee, particularly Bloc MP Paul Crête, who asked many questions on each issue.  It will be interesting to see whether these issues make into the committee's final report.  My prepared remarks were as follows:

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February 27, 2007 5 comments Committees, News