National Courts and the Future of the Internet: Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc.

Of the issues facing Internet services and Internet users, one of the most intractable is that of the impact of national courts on the operations of Internet services such as Google, Facebook, and Bing. For the providers of Internet services,

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Government Kills Cyber Remedies as Cyber Threats Mount

In a secretive manoeuvre, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (fondly called ISED) announced on June 7, nearly a week after Cabinet had acted, that the most important remedies available to businesses and consumers threatened with cyberattacks had been, indeed,

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Electoral Politics and CASL

As Canada finds itself in the final weeks of a hard-fought federal election, there have been some commentators who have alleged that Canadian political parties are violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (see here: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/259461/effective-political-email-marketing-may-violate-ca.html and here: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/259461/effective-political-email-marketing-may-violate-ca.html). Given the centrality of

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Some Modest Proposals for Legislative Change

Friday and Saturday of last week, I attended a conference Rebooting Canada’s Communications Legislation: A conference to examine changes to Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications legislation, hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance and the Forum for Research and Policy

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Secret Information Undermines the Legitimacy of CRTC Decisions

The CRTC’s wholesale mobile wireless decision (Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177) is notable in its thoroughgoing abandonment of regulatory forbearance in wholesale roaming matters. Since the introduction of cell phones 30 years ago, the CRTC has taken a hands-off approach

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Pick and Pay: Escape from the Walled Garden

The decision of the CRTC to require the unbundling of cable, satellite and wireline delivered broadcasting is the single most radical decision that the CRTC has made since the forced sale of American interests in Canadian radio and TV stations

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Structural Separation: It’s Time to be Impolite

In polite circles in Canada it is considered infra dig to allude to the structural separation of telecommunications common carriers. It is not up for discussion. The aversion is visceral and uncommonly widespread. Structural separation is an approach to telecommunications

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Being Bell: Getting it Wrong by Getting it Right

The term Philadelphia lawyer is used for the legalistic, loophole-seeking legalist who specializes in ensuring that legalism prevails over common sense and the intention of the law. Bell Canada apparently employs a regiment of such legalists. Here’s the scheme: Bell,

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Anti-discrimination is not Anti-consumer: The CRTC got it Right

It was with interest and growing alarm that I occasioned to read the editorial “The CRTC’s anti-consumer agenda” in the National Post of February 2. The editors dealt with two issues. The first issue addressed was that of the decision

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Why Broadcasting and Telecoms belong in Different Legislation

Prof. Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa is one of our foremost exponents of the law surrounding the Internet and telecommunications, and a man whose professional learning and accomplishments I much admire. However, in this recent Year Ahead blog

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