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…

A Primer on Driverless and Connected Vehicles

(Disponible en français : Introduction aux véhicules sans conducteur et aux véhicules connectés) Driverless vehicles, otherwise known as autonomous, automated or self-driving cars, are no longer science fiction. Several companies around the world are testing both driverless and so-called “connected” vehicles. Canadian consumers can currently access vehicles with low levels of automation and connectivity. On…

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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 participation in social media, broadband (or “high-speed”) Internet has become an integral part of Canada’s…

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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,…

Television Policy in a Changing Environment

(Disponible en français : La politique télévisuelle dans un environnement en mutation) When it comes to Canadian television policy, it has always been tricky to balance the interests of consumers, content creators, and broadcasting and distribution companies. Corporate integration, rapid technological change and shifting viewing habits make it even trickier. In its latest review of…