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    Ottawa to block CRTC on Internet phone regulation
    From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
    OTTAWA — The Harper government will announce Wednesday its intention to rewrite the CRTC’s key ruling on Internet-based telephone services, a highly unusual move that could mark a big step toward a more open and consumer-friendly sector.Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will say in a speech in Toronto that the Conservative government will again block the CRTC’s repeated efforts to regulate phone services that run over the Internet. Ottawa to block CRTC on Internet phone regulation



    Holy Cats! What are the implications of the Harper government overruling the CRTC? Likely it’s a good thing, changing the rules of how digital voice services are treated, but the implications of the government getting involved in CRTC policy making are wide reaching. First VoIP, then the world? This first forray into the CRTC domain is positive, but what if the conservatives what to delve into something and change it for the worse? Does the CRTC have any recourse?


    Mark, you probably know more of the answers - what do you think?

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      My views on the Minister's announcement. Cabinet appears to have adopted my compromise solution - unbundle the access from the service and therefore deregulate access-independent VoIP
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    I foreshadowed this on Monday evening with my VoIP Policy Ping Pong posting... I'll have more to say once we see the details of the Minister's speech at noon today. Let's see if what kind of surgery the Cabinet is prepared to take.
    November 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMark Goldberg

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