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Telecom

Wireless Net Neutrality in Europe

Reports from Europe indicate that Vodaphone may face legal action after it was revealed that it is blocking access to VoIP providers such as Truphone and Skype from its customers cellphones.

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May 2, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

Saskatchewan to Implement Free WiFi in Four Cities

IT Business reports that the Saskatchewan government has announced a plan to create what it called the country's largest wireless Internet network, which will allow the province's four largest cities' residents and visitors to access free-of-charge Wi-Fi in the downtown core and post-secondary institutions.

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April 30, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Rogers and Net Neutrality

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the Rogers traffic shaping issue and the resulting impact on consumer rights, competition, and non-P2P applications.  If you read my original posting and the many comments that followed, the column covers similar terrain.  I therefore think it might be more useful to respond to an interesting posting from Matt Roberts on the Rogers issue.  Roberts confirms the Rogers shaping (as does Mark Evans in a posting that refers to it as bandwidth management, a distinction without a difference in my view) but then takes me to task for wrapping it into the net neutrality debate.

The post raises an interesting and important question – is throttling/traffic shaping a net neutrality issue?  I should note that regardless of the answer, I believe there is no question that there are problems with the current Rogers approach.  The lack of transparency, the misleading service claims, and the inclusion of bandwidth caps that are rendered difficult to achieve all point to an issue that should attract the attention of regulatory agencies (and perhaps class action lawyers).

As for whether there is a net neutrality problem, that likely depends on your definition of net neutrality. 

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April 16, 2007 26 comments Columns

Rogers Must Come Clean on Traffic Shaping

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 16, 2007 as ISP Must Come Clean on 'Traffic Shaping' With well over a million subscribers, Rogers is universally recognized as one of Canada's leading Internet service providers.  The company offers several tiers of services, including the "Extreme" package that boasts of "blistering […]

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April 16, 2007 12 comments Columns Archive

Canadian Telecom Competition

The Globe and Mail on why telecom deregulation opens the door to price increases.

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April 14, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads