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CRTC Adopts Strong Regulatory Approach in VoIP Decision

CRTC Adopts Strong Regulatory Approach in VoIP Decision

The CRTC issued its much anticipated VoIP decision earlier today. Much to the chagrin of the major telcos, the Commission has adopted a strong regulatory approach. While it exempts P2P VoIP providers such as Skype, the traditional providers face a VoIP framework that looks a lot like the current local regulatory framework.

The Commission reasons that for consumers, local VoIP service looks a lot like (and is marketed like) traditional local phone service. Accordingly, the Commission has set a regulatory framework that addresses everything from reseller registration to phone directory listings to privacy protection.

Up to this point, I’d argue that Commission is on solid ground. Robust competition requires a level playing field and ensuring that all providers can offer equivalent services that consumers rely upon may require regulatory intervention of this kind.

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May 12, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

The Battle over Municipal WiFi (Or Sir Adam Beck’s Internet)

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) examines the battles over municipal wireless Internet access initiatives. Adam Beck, a provincial cabinet minister from London, Ontario, introduced a bill that created the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. Adopting Power for the People as his slogan, Beck vigorously fought corporate interests who wanted to keep electricity in private hands. He pushed for a public utility that could provide all Ontario cities and towns with affordable electric power generated from Niagara Falls. His vision led to the worlds largest public utility and dramatically changed the lives of rural Ontarians by bringing electricity to thousands of farms and villages.

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March 3, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns

Will Canadian Cultural Policy Survive in the Age of the Internet?

Professor Geist’s weekly Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) examines several recent Canadian legal developments including CRTC hearings on satellite radio and VoIP, a Quebec court decision on satellite television, and copyright reform, arguing that the common thread through the cases how to […]

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November 8, 2004 Comments are Disabled Columns

A Tale of Two Sectors (and One Disruptive Technology)

Professor Geist’s regular Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) examines this week’s Canadian hearings into VoIP regulation. The column contrasts the approach of the content industries to peer-to-peer with that of the telecommunications sector noting that one perceives P2P as the worst of […]

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September 20, 2004 Comments are Disabled Columns

Get Ready for Reruns in Battle Over On-line TV

Get Ready for Reruns in Battle Over On-line TVlink to on line articlelink to html archive

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March 15, 2001 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive