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Government formalizes ‘notice-and-notice’ copyright regime

telecom | 06/17/2014 10:14 pm EDT

A “notice-and-notice” copyright regime — under which Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to notify customers about copyright infringement complaints brought to their attention by rights holders — will come into force in January 2015, the government said Tuesday. A press release issued by Industry Minister James Moore and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said the system “formalizes a voluntary practice aimed at discouraging online copyright infringement, provides copyright owners with a tool to enforce their rights, and respects the interests...

Dial-up Internet surviving despite broadband access

telecom | 05/07/2014 8:50 pm EDT

The continuing use of dial-up Internet access by more than 100,000 Canadians, despite the CRTC’s assertion that broadband is now available to almost every household in the country, shows the limits of access targets, according to telecom lawyer Tamir Israel. Israel, staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, said in a phone interview on Wednesday that the continuing use of dial-up shows that universal access doesn’t translate into more usage. “Access is a relative term,” he said. “In some rural areas, you're talking about...

Canada falls short in broadband upload speed ranking

telecom | 02/26/2014 3:25 pm EST

A lack of competition is behind slow upload speeds for Canadian broadband Internet customers, according to analyst Alan Breznick, and only the entry of a disruptive force like Google Inc. will bring the country up to speed....

Affordability, not access, key to rural Internet delivery: ISPs

telecom | 02/12/2014 10:13 pm EST

The federal government’s new rural broadband funding program should help reduce the cost of connecting rural locations’ Internet services with the rest of the country and not just focus on...