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Mobile television apps are now before the CRTC. They put the question at the heart of Canadian communications policy front and centre: will carriers be able to evade net neutrality rules whenever they declare their signal to be "broadcasting"?

There is a contradiction between the two statutes the CRTC administers. The Broadcasting Act says "go forth and discriminate infavour of Canadian programming". The Telecommunications Act says "thou shalt not discriminate among signals except for very good reason, and the CRTC will rule on the adequacy of that reason".

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The Canadian Speech from the Throne (SFT) is the traditional method for the government to announce its policies and proposals for the coming Parliamentary session. The most recent one signals important changes to the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting, in a strongly interventionist direction.

A wise head of regulatory affairs for a large Canadian multi-media player once told me: "Every so often the politicians of this country abandon market economics and throw the carriers under the bus." It seems like the Cabinet is getting a taste for doing so.

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The revelations that the National Security Agency has been spying on the Internet's traffic, and that corporations like Google  would be obliged to lie about the degree of their cooperation, has come as a shock to the naive, and an opportunity for those who would like to detach the governance of the Internet from the United States. That includes many autocratic nations, as well as some constitutional democracies.

When the US established the governing institutions for the Internet in 1998, they had to deal with two different issues: a) how to keep the Internet from falling into the hands of the ITU (International telecommunications Union) which is a treaty-based UN organization, and b) how to arrange the governance so that companies and civil society groups could play an active role.

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Let me begin with what I know to be true. Over the course of the time I was there, a Commissioners had growing sense of the inadequacy of facilities-based competition, with a limited duopoly of cable and telco in each market.

There are two problems with moving to a policy of leased access to cable (coaxial) and telephone (optical fiber and copper pair) infrastructure. One is ideological, and I will deal with that shortly. The second is historical.

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