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NDP Digital Culture Spokesman Charlie Angus calls on Prentice to deal with net throttling

The following is an article from Charlie Angus' site


The federal government must lay down transparent ground rules on internet “throttling” to ensure that consumers aren’t gouged and innovation isn’t stifled. This was the message delivered to Industry Minister Jim Prentice in an open letter by NDP Digital Culture Spokesman Charlie Angus. In the letter, Angus challenged Prentice’s claim that the government has no role to play in ensuring net neutrality because the internet is unregulated.

NDP's Charlie Angus on Net Neutrality: Throttling net traffic sets dangerous precedent,

The following is from a posting on

NEW RULES ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY: Throttling net traffic sets dangerous precedent

2008-03-27: The NDP is calling on Industry Minister Jim Prentice to establish clear ground rules to limit the interference of telecommunication giants in consumer’s use of the internet. NDP spokesman for Copyright and Digital Issues, Charlie Angus, made the call following revelations that Bell Canada is throttling the ability of third party internet service providers (ISPs) to offer high bandwidth access to its consumers.

WIPO reality check: NDP offers Prentice a way through copyright morass

On March 10, 2008, Charlie Angus offers further thoughts regarding WIPO obligations.

Last month I provided Minister Jim Prentice with three reasonable steps to get his government out of the sinkhole caused by rushing through with poorly planned copyright legislation.

Step one: live up to the Conservative commitment to bring the WIPO treaty to the House for debate before ratifying it.
Step two: ensure adequate public consultation with the various stakeholders before legislation is introduced.

Step three: ensure that any move towards new copyright legislation is focused on addressing the rapidly shifting realities of technological innovation.

Read his February 6, 2008 article as well.

Who wants to go and talk to Paul Dewar (Ottawa-Centre)?

Russell has encouraged many times over readers of to go talk to their political representatives and with reason. MPs think about these issues only when we take the time to raise it to their attention. Forget the e-mails, lets go and see them in person!

So who's wants to go talk to Paul Dewar of Ottawa-Centre? My contact info is below.

Julien Lamarche,

Angus remains spokesperson on digital culture/copyright for the NDP

Mr Charlie Angus sent me an email to update an earlier article on this site to clarify that he will continue to be active on the digital copyright file. Please read the full press release on Mr. Angus's website.

Although Angus is leaving the Heritage file he will continue to act as a spokesman on issues of digital culture and copyright for the NDP.

Layton announces new NDP shadow cabinet

The NDP has announced a new shadow cabinet. Surprisingly, Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) has replaced Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) as Heritage critic.

Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) replaces Brian Masse (Windsor West) as primary Industry critic. this means that Ms. Nash will now play a larger roll in Copyright policy, bringing her back to some of the debates which brought her into the house in the first place.

This may also suggest that there will be changes in who sits on the various parliamentary committees.

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics

A very interesting and creative blog on open access. Their description pretty much sums up my own viewpoint and hopes for open access thereby allowing me to introduce myself to Digital Copyright!

Arif Jinha, NDP candidate for Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington

I received an interesting email this morning from Arif Jinha, the NDP candidate for Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington. Seems he is very interested in Access to Knowledge (A2K) issues, which is something very connected to what we do here. You may see more from him soon.

NDP challenges CRTC over media concentration

A press release from the NDP:

Wed 7 Mar 2007

TIMMINS – The Canadian public continues to be shortchanged by the CRTC regarding the serious threats posed by mega-media concentration. NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) declared today that the proposed hearings over the CTVGlobemedia / CHUM merger do nothing to address the structural threats facing Canada’s broadcast universe from media concentration.

Berners-Lee offers thoughts on Net neutrality, DRM

An IDG News Service article includes:

Timothy Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, advocated that Congress protect Net neutrality and questioned the value of digital rights management Thursday.

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