News of the Week; December 2, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day Six: The Beginning of the End of Canadian Broadcast Ownership and Control Requirements (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day Seven: Beware Bill C-10’s Unintended Consequences (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 8: The Unnecessary Discoverability Requirements (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day 9: Why Use Cross-Subsidies… Read More

News of the Week; November 25, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Canadian Government introduces legislation that would fundamentally transform the broadcasting ‎system The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day One: Why There is No Canadian Content Crisis (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day Two: What the Government Doesn’t Say About Creating a “Level Playing Field” (Michael Geist) The Broadcasting Act Blunder, Day Three: Minister Guilbeault Says… Read More

News of the Week; November 18, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Law Bytes Episode 69: Bram Abramson on the Government’s Plan to Regulate Internet Streaming Services (Michael Geist) Two Trump Defamation Claims Dismissed Including Claim Against TV Station for Political Attack Ad – What is the Relevance for Broadcasters?  How the Presidential Transition Will Affect the FCC Big TCPA News: Biden Announces FCC Transition Team… Read More

News of the Week; November 11, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS  Cultural Uncertainty: A Closer Look at Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s Timeline For Internet Regulation (Michael Geist) Universal Broadband Fund and Telesat low Earth orbit capacity agreement (Government of Canada) Merger ‘Synergies’ Force T-Mobile To Pay $200 Million Fine For Sprint Falsehoods ESPN Lays Off 300 Staffers Amid Resource Shift Toward DTC, Digital Businesses No… Read More

News of the Week; November 4, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS  Altering the broadcasting landscape – Canada’s Broadcasting Act to be amended Feds propose changes to Broadcasting Act that may raise $800 million from streamers: New regulations would ensure streaming platforms face same rules as traditional broadcasters Broadcasting Act Amendments The Government’s Internet Regulation Bill: Why Bill C-10 Will Mean a CRTC-Approved Netflix Service, Reduced Consumer Choice,… Read More

News of the Week; October 28, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS Canadian News Media Lobby Group Calls for Creation of Government Digital Media Regulatory Agency (Michael Geist) Where is Canada’s News Media Lobby Promoting Its Link Licensing Plan for Facebook? On Facebook (Michael Geist) Senator wants Google, Facebook to pony up for local news Pai’s FCC squeezes in one more vote against net neutrality before… Read More

News of the Week; October 7, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS What Happened to Canada’s Innovation Agenda?: How Innovation Policy Has Been Sidelined By Cultural Policies and Misplaced Provincial Prioritization of Patents (Michael Geist) Guide to Doing Business in Canada: CASL Mississippi Says AT&T Took $283 Million For A Network It Never Fully Deployed AT&T kills DSL, leaves tens of millions of homes without fiber… Read More

News of the Week; September 30, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS An Anti-Digital Agenda: Forget the Digital Policy Reboot, the Government Just Hit Delete Instead (Michael Geist) “Get Money from Web Giants” Grows: Canadian Heritage Minister Guilbeault Says Government Working on a New Data Tax (Michael Geist) Guilbeault’s Bogus Billion Dollar Claim: What the Data Actually Says About Canadian Film and TV Production (Michael Geist)… Read More