News of the Week; July 1, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS FCA Upholds Constitutionality of CASL CEM Provisions and CRTC Approach to B2B Exemption and Conspicuous Publication Implied Consent FCC helps Charter avoid broadband competition New Bill Would Kill State Laws Blocking Broadband Competition Small ISPs “stunned” by FCC move to ban Huawei/ZTE gear during pandemic AT&T Ditches $15 TV Service It Used As Regulator… Read More

News of the Week; June 24, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Pay to Link?: Canadian Heritage Minister Guilbeault Backs Bringing the Link Tax to Canada (Michael Geist) Heritage Minister raises possibility of link tax for internet companies (Michael Geist) Europeans vow to pursue digital tax plans after US “provocation” Charter seeks FCC OK to impose data caps and charge fees to video services FCC’s O’Rielly… Read More

News of the Week; June 17, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS What the Federal Court of Appeal Anti-Spam Law Case Means for the Interpretation of CASL (Michael Geist) US Falls Out Of Top 10 Fastest Broadband Speeds Another 5G Infrastructure Win for the Wireless Industry Senators Wyden And Markey Make It Clear AT&T Is Violating Net Neutrality AT&T’s “headcount rationalization”—i.e. job cuts—hits thousands more workers… Read More

News of the Week; June 10, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS CASL is Constitutional: Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (Michael Geist) No Opinions Permitted: Broadcast Panel Rules Jokingly Criticizing Canadian Content During Radio News Segment Violates Code of Ethics (Michael Geist) Verizon Appeals NAD Decision Regarding 5G Claims 5G Conspiracy Idiots Now Threatening Telecom Workers That Don’t Even Work In… Read More

News of the Week; June 3, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS AT&T exempts HBO Max from data caps but still limits your Netflix use: AT&T-owned HBO Max gets special treatment on AT&T network. Net Neutrali-what? AT&T’s New Streaming Service Won’t Count Against Its Broadband Caps. But Netflix Will. AT&T’s Streaming Headaches Continue As Contract Feuds Keep New TV Service Off Amazon, Roku FCC Republican excitedly… Read More

News of the Week; May 27, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Looking at Changes to the FCC’s Public Notice Requirements for Broadcast Applications FCC to Consider Exemption of TV Broadcast Internet Services from Broadcast Ownership Rules and Regulations for ATSC 3.0 Non-Broadcast Services FCC Issues NPRM Aimed at One-Ring Scam Phone Calls Selective decoupling: phasing out domestic deployment of Chinese telecoms technology Team Telecom emerges… Read More

News of the Week; May 20, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Canadian Wireless Carriers Making A Killing During COVID-19, Won’t Remove Caps ‘For Safety’ Beware Of Op/Eds Falsely Claiming The US Internet Only Works During A Pandemic Because Lobbyists Neutered The FCC Cell-tower attacks by idiots who claim 5G spreads COVID-19 reportedly hit US Idiots Begin Attacking US 5G Cell Towers Because, Idiots FCC Forced… Read More

News of the Week; May 13, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Why “Taking On” Google and Facebook Isn’t the Cure for the Media Sector’s Ills (Michael Geist) Shuttered restaurants, bars, hotels speed up TV cord-cutting even more No, Congress Can’t Fix The Broken US Broadband Market In A Mad Dash During A Pandemic COVID-19 Is Exposing A Virulent Strain Of Broadband Market Failure Denialism FCC… Read More

News of the Week; May 6 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Advocacy group wants CRTC to do more to protect privacy amid contact tracing debate: Telecommunications Act requires privacy protections and monitoring and disclosing of contact tracing NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net neutrality records Judge Orders FCC To Hand Over Data On Fake Net Neutrality Comments CenturyLink still hasn’t… Read More

News of the Week; April 29, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone As Pandemic Exposes US Broadband Failures, FCC Report Declares Everything Is Fine TV ‘Cord Cutters’ Will Be The Majority By 2022 Pandemic Builds Momentum for Broadband Infrastructure Upgrade: Coronavirus crisis shows need for widespread high-speed internet in U.S. homes Corona in… Read More