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By Jon Festinger on November 14, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Quebec Digital Sales Tax Bill Demonstrates the Complications That Come With Implementing a “Netflix Tax” (Michael Geist) US regulators demand CNN sale to approve AT&T-Time Warner deal: Dispute erupts in public as AT&T boss says he will not put news channel up for sale Trump’s DOJ wants AT&T/Time Warner to […]
By Jon Festinger on November 8, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY New CASL Ruling: CRTC Provides Guidance on B2B Messaging and the Due Diligence Defence Ajit Pai submits plan to allow more media consolidation: Rules that preserve media diversity in local markets will be eliminated. FCC chair wants to impose a cap on broadband funding for poor families: Pai proposes Lifeline […]
By Jon Festinger on October 30, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Government Rejects Call for an Internet Tax: “Conflicts With Principle of Affordable Access” (Michael Geist) Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-367: 3510395 Canada Inc., operating as Compu.Finder – Constitutional challenge to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Bill O’Reilly says he was one of many employees accused of sexual harassment at Fox James Murdoch […]
By Jon Festinger on October 23, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Trump’s threats amount to a First Amendment violation Trump May Not Be Serious About His NBC Threats… But He May Have Violated The First Amendment FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s Silence On Trump Tweets Speaks Volumes Tom Wheeler to Ajit Pai: “Why the silence” about Trump’s media threats? – Meanwhile, Trump […]
By Jon Festinger on October 15, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions Think There Should be a Netflix Tax?: Why There is Nothing Stopping Canadian Subscribers From Paying Today (Michael Geist) Donald Trump tweet suggests that FCC should take NBC off the air: That’s “not how it works,” FCC commissioner […]
By Jon Festinger on October 10, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Globe editorial: A bad idea for ‘fixing’ Canada’s internet rules Joly’s Digital Cancon Plan: Netflix May Be The Star, But No New Regulations, Taxes or Bailouts is the Story (Michael Geist) Cancon 2.0 and the Netflix deal: The 10 key takeaways – On Thursday, the Heritage Minister unveiled ‘Creative Canada,’ the first major overhaul […]
By Jon Festinger on October 1, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY FCC Sued For Ignoring FOIA Request Investigating Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments Ajit Pai’s plan to lower broadband standards is “crazy,” FCC Democrat says: “This is crazy. Lowering standards doesn’t solve our broadband problems.” Mission Accomplished: Ajit Pai’s FCC Declares Wireless Competition Issues Fixed: from the ignore-a-problem-and-it-goes-away,-right? dept Ajit Pai should be fired, […]
By Jon Festinger on September 24, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY Why Canadian cell phone bills are among the most expensive on the planet: As tech analyst Michael Geist has noted, cell phone companies keep raising prices ‘because they can’ Toronto Star receives $65,000 fine for violating CRTC Do Not Call List rules Yet Another Report Says The Rate Of TV […]
By Jon Festinger on September 14, 2017
MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY TV Ad Spend To Remain Flat Through 2021 As Cord-Cutting Surpasses Projections (Report) More on Media Deregulation – Chairman Pai Speaks to NAB Radio Show and Promises to Propose the Repeal of a Rule Each Month Comcast Whines That The Net Neutrality Debate It Keeps Rekindling Is A Lot Like […]
By Jon Festinger on September 10, 2017
In Toronto on April 26, 2017 I participated in The Law Society of Upper Canada’s 2017 Entertainment & Media Law Symposium. The panel I was part of was entitled “#BraveNewWorld: How to Practice Social Media Law.” Being far and away the oldest of the panellists, I proved my age through my topic “Old Media v. […]
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