Incumbency in Telecommunications: Lies Your Carrier Tells You

I am spending a second week of being glued to CPAC, watching the CRTC telecommunications wholesale access proceedings. One interesting aspect is the seeming sincerity with which the incumbent telcos and cablecos have repeatedly told the Commission that, when it

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Rivalrous Behaviour vs. Competition

The CRTC’s current wholesale access proceedings have featured just about every possible variant on special pleading imaginable. All the arguments of past years have been recycled, and perhaps some new ones trotted out. This applies both to the incumbents and

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FTTP: The Battle for the Future

The CRTC has spent the past week in the first of two weeks of hearings on wholesale access by third parties to incumbent telco and cablecos facilities in order to compete for customers of retail services (internet, telephony, television). This

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It’s About the Bandwidth, Stupid

I was interested to read David Lewis’s posts on 4k (or Ultra High Definition – UHD) TV (https://cartt.ca/article/commentary-new-platform-investments-co-operation-needed-now-coming-uhd-capacity-crunches). Briefly, UHD is a technology that expands the resolution of HD television from 1080 pixels to 4000. There are already  television sets

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Not Just Roaming: CRTC Hearings on Wireless

The CRTC has wrapped up its hearings on wireless policy. This was the second round of the of three major CRTC policy hearings this fall (the other two are Let’s Talk TV, in which the public hearings have concluded, and

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When will the CRTC Assert Jurisdiction over the Internet?

  The CRTC has backed off from attempting to enforce its claims to jurisdiction over Netflix and Google. The broadcast regulator has lived to fight another day. The question that poses itself as a result is: if not now, when

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Let’s Talk TV with the CRTC

Let’s Talk TV with the CRTC The CRTC is in the midst of an important series of hearings. These hearings are on the future of the regulation of Canadian TV, the wholesale access to wireless services, and the policies that

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CRTC vs. Netflix: The Broadcasting Act may not apply to Programming on the Internet

The following is an articleI wrote that appeared in the Comments section of the Financial Post on September 30, 2014. CRTC vs. Netflix: The disruptive power of the Internet Philip Palmer, Special to Financial Post  The government authority and justification in

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CASL and Municipal Governments

With six weeks to go before the anti-spam provisions of CASL come into force, there is considerable uncertainty as to what is a commercial electronic message (or “cem” as its known in the CASL jargon).  This results from the cumulative

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Canada’s Telecommunications Competition Mess

It was an interesting summer for Canadian telecommunications policy watchers. First, the Minister of Industry prevented the sale of Mobilicity to Telus (as I write, the press is reporting that the Minister of Industry has, for a second time, rejected

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