Archive for August, 2010

NDP Criticizes Google – Verizon Net Neutrality Deal

The NDP has published a release criticizing the Google – Verizon net neutrality deal, expressing concern about the side deal.  The deal treats wired and wireless services in a different manner, something the CRTC has rejected as part of its traffic management guidelines.

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August 13, 2010 2 comments News

Telecom Complaints Commissioner Remains a Relative Unknown

Hockey may be Canada’s national pastime, but my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that complaining about the major telephone and cable companies sometimes seems like it ranks a close second.  Delayed Canadian launches of the latest phones, new caps on Internet bandwidth, increased monthly subscription fees, and the entry of additional marketplace competitors all regularly attract significant media attention as consumers focus on their monthly Internet and wireless bills far more intensely than most other products and services.

Notwithstanding the public interest, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services toils in relative anonymity.  Established in 2007, the CCTS came as part of a deregulation bargain initiated by then-Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, who deregulated many local telephone markets and established an industry-funded telecom complaints commissioner.

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August 13, 2010 11 comments Columns

ACTA Agenda for Round 10 of Negotiations

The ACTA participating governments have posted the agenda for next week’s meeting in Washington, which is now being treated as Round 10 of the talks.

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August 13, 2010 Comments are Disabled News

ACTA Meeting Expands to Full Week of Talks, All Participants

KEI is reporting that next week’s ACTA meeting in Washington has expanded beyond just a U.S. – E.U. discussion.  Instead, it appears to be a full round with all participating countries, a full agenda, and a full week of talks planned.  An agenda will apparently be published later this week.

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August 12, 2010 1 comment News

CASA Posts Objection to Access Copyright Tariff Proposal

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations has posted its objection to the Access Copyright tariff proposal with comments on its impact on fair dealing, TPMs, and the reporting requirements.

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August 12, 2010 Comments are Disabled News