Category: Blog

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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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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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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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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Introduction

This is my first posting to this blog, so I think it wise to say a few words about what I would like this blog to serve. First, while my emphasis will be on legal and policy issues related to

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