The OECD has released a new study on national broadband plans that finds that Canada is one of the few countries without government-backed targets for broadband access and speeds.
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Telus has come out strongly in support of the OECD report on the high data roaming costs Canadians face. The company notes that there was no data roaming competition in Canada until 2009 since Rogers was the only GSM provider. Telus says it plans to slash its roaming pricing by […]
Surprise cellphone roaming bills are a frequent occurrence in Canada as consumers are often shocked to find bills in the thousands of dollars for data roaming when they travel outside the country. A new OECD report helps the explain the reason why – Canadians face the highest data roaming costs […]
The focus should be on the numbers, which tell a discouraging tale. Among the findings on price of Internet services (all as of September 2010):
|Overall||28th out of 33|
|Below 2.5 Mbps||17th out of 24|
|Between 2.5 an 15 Mbps||28th out of 33|
|Between 15 and 30 Mbps||29th out of 33|
|Over 45 Mbps||23rd out of 28|
The OECD has released new data on its global counterfeiting estimates, concluding that the share of counterfeit and pirated goods in world trade is estimated to have increased from 1.85% in 2000 to 1.95% in 2007. That represents an increase to $250 billion worldwide. That is obviously a big number, but notably far lower than the claims from ACTA supporters. Copyright lobby groups have long claimed – without empirical support – that counterfeiting and piracy represents 5 – 7% of global trade. The OECD data indicates those claims are wildly exaggerated.
This is particularly relevant in Canada where counterfeiting claims have been based on the same faulty data (the international story is similar). For example, the Chamber of Commerce's IP Council claimed in its report on IP that "it has been conservatively estimated that counterfeiting and piracy cost the Canadian economy $22 billion annually in lost tax revenue, investment and innovation." The source for this claim is a speech by Chamber President Perrin Beatty. Similarly, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has argued: