Telecommunications policy

Popularity of cellphones lags in Canada: global study

A Canadian News Wire article discusses how "when it comes to owning and using mobile phones, Canada lags behind many nations, including several in the developing world,suggests a global study on telecommunications".

McGuinty takes his telecom fairness message to YouTube

McGuinty discusses the abuse of confusion by telecom companies for marketing, and his Bill C-555.

iPhone welcomed to Canada by massive online protest

An article by Brian Jackson talks about the triple-locked iPhone 3G launch in Canada. It includes mention of my MP, Liberal MP David McGuinty, who has tabled a private members bill, has an online petition in support of it, and has become involved in the politics around the failed wireless market.

5 more reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

The Canadian media has thus far focused on the extremely bad data plans being offered by Rogers. (See: Rogers iPhone price increase: $6,132,74) Our failed telecommunications market will continue to make Canada non-competitive globally for new-economy workers and business, and make us outsiders to the knowledge economy.

The internationally based Free Software Foundation offers 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G that have nothing to do with Rogers.

Furor over text message fiasco prompts Ottawa's intervention

An article by Brian Jackson discusses how politicians have got involved in the proposal to charge for inbound text messages.

Attached below is a bulletin sent out by Industry Canada yesterday. I find it interesting that the Minister wants an "explanation" about charging for inbound (often unsolicited) text messages, but it uninterested in getting an "explanation" from the lobby that wants to be able to legally apply digital locks to hardware they do not own.

Layton launches online petition against “text message cash-grab”

Layton announced today that:

the NDP is launching an online petition calling on cell phone providers to act in the interest of consumers and cancel the text message cash-grab.

It is great to see the parties getting interested in telecommunications policy. I hope this will lead to solving the current problem we have with outrageous telecommunications costs, including the harm to innovation that comes from non-competitive wireless data plans.

Canadians Face Triple Lock on Apple iPhone

For those considering buying one of the Apple iPhones on Friday, please read this article by Michael Geist on the "made in Canada" triple-lockdown.

Competition Bureau Publishes Bulletin on Abuse of Dominance in the Telecommunications Industry

This Bulletin outlines how the Bureau would address issues related to anti-competitive conduct in the telecommunications industry under the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act in markets no longer subject to regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

New media broadcasting online consultation: What is new media broadcasting?

The following is my first submission to the New Media Broadcasting online consultation. I spent a few hours on the site this afternoon and made other contributions, but this was my main one.

What is new media broadcasting?

In order to discuss new media broadcasting, we need to first discuss what is actually new about this media. I believe there are a few key changes: ownership/control of tools, design criteria of communications networks, and new methods of production/distribution/funding.

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Canadian Supreme Court to hear BCE sale dispute

An America's Network article documents the latest in the saga about the leveraged buyout of Bell Canada (BCE) by the Ontario Teachers Pension fund and U.S. Private equity funds. The sale was disallowed by a lower court (Quebec's Court of Appeal), and they have taken this to the Supreme Court (which will hear the appeal on June 17).

For those not watching thus far, the short-form is that this is seen as a way to bypass Canadian ownership requirements in the purchase of one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies.

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