5G Technology: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

(Disponible en français : La technologie 5G : Possibilités, défis et risques) Wireless technologies have made significant strides in recent decades. The first generation (paging services) was followed by the second and third generations (voice and messaging services and Internet access), and then by the fourth generation (4G or Long Term Evolution [LTE]) with video…

Net Neutrality in Canada

(Disponible en français : La neutralité du Net au Canada) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC or the Commission) defines net neutrality as the general principle that “all traffic on the Internet should be given equal treatment by” Internet service providers (ISPs). The Commission’s net neutrality policy specifically rests on sections 27(2) and 36…

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The State of Broadband Internet in Canada

Note: This publication was updated in May, 2020: The State of Broadband Internet in Canada  (Disponible en français : Internet à large bande au Canada : portrait de la situation) Canadians are among the highest Internet users in the world, according to comScore Canada. With advances in e-commerce and mobile communication, as well as increased…

Wireless and Wifi icons

Changes in the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Sector

(Disponible en français : Évolution du secteur canadien des télécommunications sans fil) In 1993, the last year there was a major revision of the Telecommunications Act, telecommunications consisted mostly of voice communication over landlines. At that time, revenue for wireless communications amounted to just over 6% of the revenue for landline (or wireline) communications; today,…

Crowdfunding and Charitable Giving: The Donation-Based Model

(Disponible en français : Le financement participatif et les dons caritatifs : le modèle basé sur les dons) This is the second in a series of two articles. Crowdfunding – a practice in which many entities make small contributions through the Internet and social media – is an increasingly popular way for citizens, businesses and…