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Countering fear, uncertainty and doubt

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:05:22 +0000

I am the family cynic, a title I wear as a badge of honour.

As I have written before, I am often asked to check out a story being shared on Facebook, an email being circulated, a link from Twitter. Is it true?

I tend to read the news with a critical eye. [...]

Early bird savings end February 28

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:41:15 +0000

For 3 days (June 4-6), the leadership of the telecom, broadcast & IT industries will converge in Toronto for The 2018 Canadian Telecom Summit. Join your peers, suppliers, policy makers, regulators, customers and competitors in attending the industry’s most important gathering, to discuss the key issues and trends that will impact this critical sector [...]

Blatantly, overwhelmingly, or structurally engaged in piracy

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:30:18 +0000

Section 36 of Canada’s Telecom Act will be emerging from relative obscurity this week. It turns out that these 28 words puts the CRTC at the centre of defending intellectual property rights in a digital age.

Except where the Commission approves otherwise, a Canadian carrier shall not control the content or influence the meaning or [...]

An affordable broadband strategy

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:24:20 +0000

Earlier today, the CRTC rejected an appeal of Telecom Decision 2016-496 (“Modern telecommunications services – The path forward for Canada’s digital economy”) by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada (ACORN) together with the National Pensioners Federation and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). The group had sought the creation of an “affordability [...]

Where do net-workers network?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:55:44 +0000

Registrations are now open for The 2018 Canadian Telecom Summit, taking place June 4-6 in Toronto.

Join your colleagues in listening to and participating in executive presentations from those who have the greatest influence on the direction of Canadian telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology. Hear from global leaders and local trend-setters. Meet with your suppliers, [...]

An internet of things or services?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:13:03 +0000

In the wake of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Geoffrey Fowler’s recent piece in the Washington Post (reprinted in the Toronto Star) caught my eye. “How gadget-makers have gotten off track, and how tech can be great again” suggests that connected devices need to solve actual problems. “Putting a refrigerator on the internet isn’t in [...]

Let’s talk: in their words

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:14:34 +0000

Bell Let’s Talk day is taking place January 31, 2018.

This year, the initiative is encouraging us to hear directly from people impacted by mental illness, talking in their own words; more than 40 people are listed, each one telling their story.

Each testimonial evokes a common message: What do people impacted by mental [...]

Innovation and regulation

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:48:36 +0000

I spend a lot of time thinking about unintended consequences that emerge from telecommunications regulations.

A year ago, I wrote a piece asking “Will regulation inhibit innovation?”

That article was looking at technology solutions to deal with unsolicited calls from telemarketers. In response to a CRTC notice of consultation asking “what regulatory measures, if [...]

What does it mean to support ‘the concept of net neutrality’?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:39:13 +0000

Earlier this week, The Globe and Mail carried an article in which Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said his party supported “the concept of net neutrality” and the newspaper portrayed this as being in contrast to his Innovation critic, Maxime Bernier.

Mr. Scheer added that his party supports the concept of net neutrality, the rules that [...]

Top 5 from 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:20:31 +0000

Which posts resonated with my readers in 2017?

Looking at the analytics, these 5 blog posts had the most individual page views:

“Driving innovation in healthcare” [October 30] “Parting is such sweet sorrow” [June 8] “Deconstructing the CRTC” [May 8] “A mandate letter for the new CRTC Chair” [June 23] “25 years of telecom competition” [...]