Category: Broadcasting

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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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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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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