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The title is a reference to an early Frank Zappa tune, which only Mike Hennessy and I will recall, through a haze, darkly. Why, when the underlying broadcast advertizer-supported model is in such deep trouble, has there so much scripted television been produced? Why, when the opera houses are shutting down, according to the broadcasting industry, do so many operas keep being written? This is contrary to reason, if the premises are true.

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The Government of Quebec has introduced its website blocking legislation. The intention is to have ISPs in Quebec compelled to block a set of gambling  sites, which list will be drawn up by the Regie des loteries:

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An article in the invaluable CARTT newsletter speaks of the decline of local television news. On the same day an article in the Washington Examiner bemoans the death of hard news in the newspaper business. So what is to be done? The answer is simple. Nothing whatever.

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Freedom House publishes an annual review of how countries treat the Internet. Canada's record is exemplary. We came third in the world, behind Iceland at #1 and Estonia at #2. One is a Lutheran society which was born in a rebellion against centralizing authority of Kings, and the other is a Lutheran society born in resistance to the centralizing authority of Tsars. Some peoples have never forgotten about freedom, and their Internet policies show it.

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Ted Cruz, the appellate lawyer who is running as Republican Presidential candidate,  expressed concern with Obama's moves to control the Internet. As usual, Republicans are confusing the wolves for the sheep, and being the predator party, they run with the wolves.

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Odessa sits on the Ukrainian edge of the Black Sea. It is a town that, like much of the former Soviet Union, last saw great prosperity before World War 1. The twentieth century was a catastrophe in these parts,

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Today we are holding the first symposium of the Canadian Chapter of the Internet Society in Ottawa. The issues we are concerned with include the threat to balkanize the Internet through provincial regulation.

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Nothing changes faster than business. What people want, and how they get what they want, changes on a dime. Thus news that YouTube is presenting cooking shows that draw viewers in the millions and half millions is not a surprise, except maybe to the lawyers for the Canadian broadcasting and media production industries.

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Today the CRTC issued a hybrid video on demand exemption order. It perfectly illustrates the creeping regulation of speech by means of broadcasting legislation that I warn against.

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I see that Prime Minister Harper has made taxing Canadians' access to Netflix an election issue. How could it not be? The Canadian production community would have every Canadian website regulated under the Broadcasting Act if they could have their way. Just a little tax, just a tiny bit of more regulation: it won't hurt a bit. That is the argument they make. I know, I have heard them.

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The consumer agenda of the CRTC seems to be producing some important results for Canadians, and one of them lies in the area of emergency dispatch services, 9-1-1.

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The bankers and creditors of Mobilicity are trying to decide what terms to accept from one or another of Canada's large carriers for the assets of the company. How often must this happen before Canadian governments, Conservative or Liberal or NDP (gasp!), give up the failed idea of competition through multiple carriers? I call this the Marxist fetishization of objects.

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Elizabeth Kubler-Ross described the five stages of grief as one faces one's mortal end. Personally I am in denial and I hope you are too, but I was thinking of her the other day as I contemplated the reaction of the ideologues of the television production community to the Internet.

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Peter Miller, a Toronto broadcasting lawyer, published an article in Cartt, the purpose of which was to argue against the positions I have maintained that the Broadcasting Act should not be extended to the Internet. Here is my response.

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Mary Ann Turcke, the new head of Bell's media division, thinks we ought to feel shamed and be ashamed of using a VPN to tunnel out of Canadian broadcasting jurisdiction to gain access to the larger stock of video available outside the wire, the large and rather amiable confinement zone which Canadian cultural policy has produced.

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The Quebec government intends to interfere in commerce on the Internet, the free choice of Quebecers to choose with whom to do business, and to require ISPs to establish an architecture of censorship, all with a view to driving users willy-nilly to Quebec’s official gambling site.

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A day later and I realize that the admonition to "do nothing" should be limited to not amalgamating the Broadcasting Act with the Telecommunications Act. The rest of the scheme I propose is an active engagement with the meaning of the Internet.

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I am at a conference in the University of Ottawa on the subject of "Rebooting Canada's Communications legislation". I was on the first panel. My position on changing legislation is quite simple. Do nothing.

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