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Ottawa book launch of For Sale to the Highest Bidder: Telecom Policy in Canada

Join the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to celebrate the launch of For Sale to the Highest Bidder: Telecom Policy in Canada, edited by Marita Moll and Leslie Regan Shade.

Monday, April 7, 2008
12:00-1:30 pm
CEP offices, 301 Laurier Avenue West (Corner of Bank & Laurier)
Ottawa, ON

Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to Jason Moores at jason

And then there was two: Bell Canada seeks to wipe out ISP competitors

This seems to be the week when core Internet issues are being discussed. While much of it is under the phrase "Network Neutrality", that term is confusing enough that opponents are able to distract policy makers and citizens. This is why my article on Saturday focused on separating the competitive access issues from the Net Neutrality issues, and my earlier article discussed An ideal future communications infrastructure, how do we get there, and what is stopping us!.

The last few days saw Charlie Angus raise this issue during question period, and an article from CBC talking about Bell Canada going to court to seek to wipe out all ISP competitors. That is, except the cable companies who manage a separate connection to the customer premises.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's BLOG »

Separating the competitive access issues from the Net Neutrality issues.

Bell throttling wholesale providers of DSL services has further opened up the conversations around Net Neutrality. Michael Geist has written about the mounting call for action on net neutrality from organizations such as the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and Council of Canadians. I strongly applaud and join in this call.

The throttling of wholesale traffic by Bell Canada is, however, an issue that is related but distinct. Its link to the net neutrality debate needs to be understood, as well as the ways in which it is quite different.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada »

An ideal future communications infrastructure, how do we get there, and what is stopping us!

Whenever the discussion of "Net Neutrality" comes up we often get stuck with how the current network is configured, who provides it, and other historical issues. I would like to toss out that history for a moment and offer what I believe to be an ideal, talk about transition issues, as well as some of winners and losers in that transition (and thus who the greatest opponents are)

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada »

Telecom Ottawa sold to private provider

Well, for those fans of the "last mile" concept, here is one more dream you can say good bye to. This week, Hydro Ottawa announced that it had approved a bid to sell off its fibre-optic network to a private Internet company, Atria Networks LP.

Can virtualization help with bigger problems like climate change?

Listening to some recent talks, I noticed what seems like a conflict. Interviewed for CBC's Spark, Nicholas Carr (full interview) says we are moving to cloud computing. Also on a recent Spark show, Bill St. Arnaud explains (full interview) how the Internet causes carbon emissions, and tells us we need to move data centres closer to power and cooling. Then we have Eben Moglen, Director at the Software Freedom Law Center, talking about the technology of memory and the major problems of putting our data out on the cloud, with that data being manipulated by software which we do not control.

Read full article on IT World Canada's BLOG.

Facebook group in support of Community Access Program (CAP)

Not everyone in Canada can afford an Internet connection, and even if they use FLOSS they still need the hardware. The Community Access Program was started by Industry Canada back in 1994 to fill that gap. Unfortunately recent Liberal and Conservative governments have been decreasing funding, and there is a worry that the program may be entirely defunded.

A Facebook group was created to help coordinate responses to this. See also CAP information from Telecommunities Canada and The Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN).

Posting to the IT World Canada BLOG

I have been asked to contribute to the IT World Canada BLOG, and just finished my introductory posting.

DSL improvements at NCF

The following message from John Selwyn, the Executive Director of the National Capital FreeNet, is for people in Ottawa. I have no affiliation with the NCF other than being a long-term member (I'm aa302 , from before it launched, but had a few years I wasn't a member) and a current user of their DSL service for my second DSL connection (This site is run off a DSL connection with Storm).

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