Archive for February 18th, 2009

CRTC New Media Hearings – Day Two: Quebec Creator Unions, CIRPA, SOCAN, CEP, CaleyWray Labour/Employ

Day Two at the CRTC’s new media hearings saw an escalation of demands with groups seeking broad regulations, Internet-based Canadian content requirements, and even reform to the Copyright Act. The following review was compiled by University of Ottawa student Frances Munn (Globe and Mail live blog of the hearing is here; Day One coverage here).  

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February 18, 2009 14 comments News

Smart Pipes vs. Dumb Pipes

While the early focus of the CRTC New Media hearings are unsurprisingly focused on levies and regulation, an important additional issue is quickly emerging.  CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein tried to set the stage for the hearings by noting that they are limited strictly to new media broadcasting.  He then followed with a question to Alain Pinot of the CCA in which he stated that he does not see the relationship between this hearing and the network management hearing. Von Finckenstein's comments come on the heels of the comment from Rogers over the weekend that they run a "dumb pipe" with respect to content. 

It seems to me that the comments are related as they present a vision that puts content in one box (new media hearings and the Rogers dumb pipe) and network management in another (net neutrality hearings and a smart pipe/traffic shaping).  I think this is wrong and points to key question.  To use Rogers' terminology – can an ISP that engages in active network management but does not directly filter content be said to run both a smart pipe (the network management) and a dumb pipe (for content)?

I think the answer is no – current network management necessarily leaks into content and cannot be said to be a dumb pipe.  

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February 18, 2009 12 comments News

New Zealand Sites Go Dark To Protest Copyright Bill

New Zealand's copyright reform package, which includes a "graduated response" provision that would force ISPs to terminate subscribers on allegations of infringement, is generating a huge protest with many people turning their websites, profiles, or other onlne persona dark.  The protest started on the 16th and runs until February 23rd.  […]

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February 18, 2009 3 comments News

CRA Runs Video Contest on Underground Economy

Canada Revenue Agency is currently running a user-generated video contest that asks people to create videos on the cost of the underground economy.

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February 18, 2009 8 comments News