Tag: Internet streaming services

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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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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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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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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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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