Archive for November 5th, 2007

Straight Talk at the CAB, Part Two

CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein delivered the lunch keynote at today's Canadian Association of Broadcasters conference.  While von Finckenstein came armed with a few goodies for the broadcasters (possible subscriber fees for over the air broaadcasts), the majority of the speech featured the kind of straight talk that rarely happens in Ottawa.  He noted in particular the CAB's opposition to the Dunbar/Leblanc report (which he defended as an independent expert report) and the consultations over the summer on increased fees.  To quote the Chair:

We understand it may be difficult for an organization as diverse as yours to reach a unified position. But we hope that in the future you will be able to have an open and constructive dialogue with us. We hope you will feel free to say just where you stand. We can’t get anywhere when there are confusing or conflicting messages coming from your organization, particularly with the CAB expressing different views to Ministers than to the CRTC. The Commission is committed to full transparency and open dialogue with its stakeholders. We expect the same from the industry. I trust the incident of the fee payer consultation was an isolated instance that will not be repeated.

Ouch. The Chair also notably went out of his way to indicate that the CRTC has no interest in regulating the Internet, but is instead interested in broadcasting on the Internet.  

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November 5, 2007 1 comment News

Straight Talk at the CAB, Part One

If the Industry Canada study were not enough, CRIA has another explosive issue to address.  Late Sunday, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters passed a unanimous resolution opposing CRIA's proposal for a new reproduction right tariff that it says will cost the industry an additional $50 million per year.  The resolution […]

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November 5, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Billboard on Industry Canada’s File Sharing Study

There has unsurprisingly been a tremendous amount of coverage and online discussion regarding the economic study commissioned by Industry Canada that found that there is a positive correlation between file sharers and music purchasing.  You can read the Globe, the Guardian, or hundreds of blogs on the topic.  Or you […]

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November 5, 2007 8 comments News

How the Internet On Cable Became the Internet as Cable

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 5, 2007 as Broadcasters, ISPs Putting Up Internet Borders When Rogers Communications began promoting its Rogers@Home high-speed Internet service nearly a decade ago, the company branded it "the Internet on Cable."  Years later, their service, as well as those of their competitors, is […]

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November 5, 2007 1 comment Columns Archive

CRA Warns Against Phishing Email

Perhaps this will get the Canadian government's attention about the need to address spam and phishing.

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November 5, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads