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What the Canadian Government Really Thinks About Net Neutrality

The Canadian Press is out this evening with an important story that reveals the government's true view on net neutrality.  Based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, they provide a clear picture of an Industry Minister and policy makers content to leave the issue alone, despite acknowledging that major telcos such as Bell and Telus are "determined to play a greater role in how Internet content is delivered" and that "they [Bell and Telus] believe they should be the gatekeepers of content, with the freedom to impose fees for their role."

The documents were prepared for the Minister in anticipation of questions that might arise after Videotron President Robert Depatie mused publicly about a new tariff or fee for carrying content.  The departmental response as contained in a Question Period Card:

"The Internet is not regulated in Canada. There is no regulation of the relationship between Internet service providers and the providers of Internet content. There is currently considerable discussion in the industry about the implications of telecommunications companies who provide network and Interent service taking a greater role in determining how Internet content will be delivered and at what cost, if any.  The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel reviewed this issue in its March 2006 report.  My department is continuing to examine and assess the recommendations, including the issue of net neutrality, that were made in this report."

While that may be the official line, the documents reveal very different thinking behind the scenes.  

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February 6, 2007 23 comments News

Viacom Notices

Viacom demands that YouTube take down 100,000 clips that it claims constitute copyright infringement and YouTube responds that it will comply with the request.  While some are asking how YouTube can remove so many clips so quickly, a better question is how Viacom can identify that many clips with sufficient […]

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February 2, 2007 3 comments News

PIPEDA Hearings – Days 9 (banking industry) and 10 (Chamber of Commerce, Insurance)

The PIPEDA hearings resumed this week appearances by groups from the banking sector, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the insurance industry.  CIPPIC has details on day nine and ten.  The committee is now focused almost exclusively on a single issue – security breach notification legislation.  There appears to be […]

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February 2, 2007 3 comments News

Rogers Listed as Top 10 Phish Host

New data from the PhishTank, a leading source on phishing information, reports that last month Rogers Cable ranked as the number nine host worldwide for phishing sites, with 419 hosted phishing sites.  While that number is far below the South Korean leader, the inclusion of any Canadian ISP on this […]

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January 9, 2007 1 comment News

Italy Requires ISPs to Block Child Porn

Italy has reportedly passed a new law that requires ISPs to block access to child pornography sites within six hours of notification.

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