Timothy M. Denton

Success Through Understanding Technology

The art of regulation


I am the Chairman of the Canada Chapter of the Internet Society whose goal is to keep the Internet free as in speech and cheap as in salt. The Canada Chapter is one of many Internet Society Chapters around the world. I served as a National Commissioner on the CRTC, the federal regulatory agency for telecoms and broadcasting, from 2009 to 2013,

Between January 1st, 2009, and August 2017, I served as a member of the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, being re-elected in 2011 and 2014, by the ARIN electorate for three year terms. I served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ARIN from January 2011 to August 2013.

I am also concerned with how Canada will evolve its 9-1-1 and public alerting systems into an IP-based architecture.

In my time as Commissioner at the CRTC, the most significant accomplishment was turning down the proposal to regulate the Internet under the Broadcasting Act. I have posted my concurring opinion in new media, the term for the question whether the Broadcasting Act should be applied to the Internet in Canada. See also my more recent dissent in part on high-speed access (August 2010).The other significant decision in which I participated was the Internet traffic management procedures proceeding, which balanced the rights of network owners to defend their networks with the rights of users to access networks for their own purposes. My concerns remain the access of people and business to networks, to use, create and innovate without permission.

Some essays and work from my LLM degree program (2006-2007) have been posted to the reports page.


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