Telecom Policy

Researchers and educators hold roundtable on the digital economy

June 18, 2010

A group of 30 researchers, students and professors met at the University of Toronto on June 14 to discuss the federal Digital Economy Consultation Paper and prepare a group response.   Participants felt that a face to face meeting where they could discuss their views and arrive at a consensus document was a time honoured way to participate in federal policy discussions that could not be replaced by individual on-line comments to a web-site.

Comment to CRTC Basic Service Hearings

June 7, 2010

A group of researchers from the Canadian Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) have submitted an intervention to the CRTC in response to CRCT notice 2010-43 -- Proceeding to review access to basic telecommunications services.  

Comment to Canada 150: Day 2 of Liberal Party Visioning Conference

March 27, 2010

In the 1990’s, Liberals had a proactive approach to new communications technologies. Ensuring that Canada took the lead in accessibility to the internet was a high priority policy and prominently featured in the Red Book.

Paving the road for AT&T: Canada at the Crossroads (1997)

March 13, 2010

Position Paper by Marita Moll to:

Universal Access Workshop
Developing a Canadian Access Strategy:
Universal Access to Essential Network Services, February 6-8, 1997

Information Policy Research Program
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto


Alternative Federal Budget calls for national strategy on broadband

March 3, 2010

The  Alternative Federal Budget 2010 contains the following recommendations designed to bring Canada's communications infrastructure into the 21st century:

1.  Make access to "effective" bandwidth a legal right for all Canadians.
2. Fund a broad national consultation on modernizing communications policy:  $750,000.
3.  Support new and existing national public access sites: $40M.
4.  Begin planning forn next generation (higher speed) broadband.

International study exposes Canada's growing connectivity gap

March 1, 2010
 A study completed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University exposes Canada's lack of progress in the area of broadband connectivity.  The "Canada" chapter of the final edition of this study concludes :

"Canada opened the decade as an extremely strong performer on broadband.  Over the course of the decade, its penetration rates have grown more slowly than those of other countries, its prices have remained high, and its speeds are still low in comparison to other OECD countries.  

Liberals say internet is infrastructure

February 16, 2010

 “Rural infrastructure like internet, roads and water services in every rural town needs to be modernized,” said Liberal Rural Caucus Chair Mark Eyking at a Feb 5 roundtable on rural-urban issues.  “That’s why we’re setting a goal of achieving full high-speed internet connectivity in every corner of the country.”  It is nice to hear internet described as infrastructure, which, of course, it is.  But the Liberals will have to go well beyond this goal to distinguish themselves from their rivals.

Future of the Internet Town Hall Meetings

January 20, 2010

Telecom Policy - Town Hall Meetings Written by Marita Moll Wednesday, 30 December 2009 In response to the lack of government action on internet issues, a number of public interest organizations have begun sponsoring town hall meetings to faciliate discussions on the future of the Internet in Canada. In 2009, meetings were held in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax. Various others are currently in the planning stage.These include Montreal, Quebec City, and the Muskokas -- home riding for Tony Clement, Industry Minister.