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Unlocking the Mysteries of Locked Cellphones

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 3, 2007 as Unlocking the Mystery of Locked Phones From the moment of its debut, the Apple iPhone has attracted enormous attention. Its biggest impact may go beyond the consumer electronics market, however, as the iPhone has forced politicians and regulators to confront […]

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September 3, 2007 8 comments Columns Archive

Unlocked iPhones in Canada?

Vito Pilieci of the Ottawa Citizen reports that Puremobile, which has offices in Alberta, will be selling unlocked iPhones that will run on the Rogers network.

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August 30, 2007 5 comments Must Reads

Spectrum Auction Delay?

Deirdre McMurdy reports that "industry buzz" on the forthcoming spectrum auction would delay release of the rules to December 2007 with the auction to follow in May 2008.

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August 27, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

CRTC Seeks Public Comment on Complaints Commission and Do-Not-Call Investigations

The CRTC has released two public notices seeking commentary on the Telecom Complaints Commission and its plans to delegate investigative responsibility for the do-not-call registry.  The Complaints Commission notice calls for public comment on the plan developed by the major telecommunications companies for a complaints commissioner (I earlier criticized the process behind the creation of the commission).  The CRTC raises many of the right issues, including whether participation should be mandatory, whether the governance structure is sufficiently independent, and whether the complaint process and remedies are adequate.  Anyone interested in participating in the process must inform the CRTC by September 13th and submit their comments by October 1st. Hearings are set for mid-November with a final decision by late February 2008.

The one surprising element in the complaints commission notice links to the second notice – the delegation of investigative responsibility for the do-not-call registry. 

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August 23, 2007 1 comment News

A Digital Economy Blueprint For the New Industry Minister

Jim Prentice, Canada's new Industry Minister, has been on the job for less than a week, yet his appointment has already sent a buzz through the business community.  With a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's inner circle now at the helm, promoting Canada's global economic competitiveness promises to become a core priority on the government's fall agenda. While some political commentators maintain that the issue rarely translates into voter support, my weekly Law Bytes column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) argues that the good news for Prentice is that reforms focusing on digital issues represent both good policy and smart politics.  By prioritizing three issues – communication, copyright, and consumer confidence – he has the opportunity to establish a forward-looking framework that can serve as a model for other countries and provide a payoff at the ballot box.

On the communication front, analysts are divided on whether recent deregulation will result in reduced prices for consumers; however, there is near-universal agreement that deregulation alone is not enough. 

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August 21, 2007 2 comments Columns