Category: Telecommunications

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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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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Facilities Based Competition: Fibre to the Home

Oft repeated in the course of the CRTC’s wholesale access proceedings was the virtue of investment in telecommunications facilities. The incumbents and their expert economists argue that resellers of telecommunications capacity are some sort of parasitic beast, who can only

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The Silent Revolution of 2014: The Regulation of Telecoms

The present Government is known for presenting amazingly lengthy and complex budget implementation bills (BIAs) that often contain new policy directions that have never had a public airing. The current Bill C-43 does not disappoint in this regard: it vastly

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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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