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PIAC participates in National Broadband Task Force

Tuesday, June 12th, 2001
The National Broadband Task Force was established in 2001 by the Minister of Industry. Its mandate was to map out a strategy for achieving the federal government's goal of making broadband services available to all Canadians by 2004. PIAC counsel Philippa Lawson was a member of the Task Force.

The End of (Traditional) Regulation?

Thursday, February 17th, 2000
THE END OF (TRADITIONAL) REGULATION? A RESPONSE TO PROFESSOR RICHARD SCHULTZ

Directory Assistance Appeal

Tuesday, August 31st, 1999
Part VII Application for a Review and Variance of Order 99-741

Residential Consumers and the Transition to Competition in the Long Distance Market

Friday, February 12th, 1999
This study measures the effects of the first five years of long distance competition on residential consumers. It examines how competition theory has informed the development of competition in the long distance market, and contains a quantitative analysis of the extent to which residential consumers have benefited from long distance competition. The study documents that the real benefits the average Canadian has experienced from changes in the long distance market are surprisingly modest.

Can the Competitive Model of Telecommunications Deliver the Goods?

Tuesday, January 12th, 1999
By now, few of us have not been exposed to the visionary rhetoric that has accompanied the dawning of the so-called information age. Fortunately there is no amount of cynicism engendered by the hype surrounding the Information Highway that can fully extinguish the sense of awe that most of us have when we contemplate the potential of the new communications technologies. On a worldwide basis, these technologies are establishing an infrastructure that is transforming the way we do business and, to a large extent, the way we live.

A Consumer Advocate’s View of the Experience with Telecommunications

Saturday, November 14th, 1998
The Canadian telecommunications industry has undergone dramatic changes during the last decade – changes in technology, market structure and regulatory regime. The CRTC has opened virtually all markets (local and long distance) to competition, has forborne from regulating companies where sufficient competition exists (e.g., long distance, terminal sets), and has completely revamped the regulatory regime applicable to those companies now facing the prospect of local competition.

Consumer Charter for A Connected Canada

Tuesday, November 3rd, 1998

Inappropriateness of Spectrum Auctioning in a Canadian Context

Friday, December 12th, 1997
Spectrum is the publicly owned radio waves used for broadcasting television signals, wireless telephone, wireless data and Internet, and different forms of radio services. This report provides the most detailed analysis available in Canada on auctioning spectrum.

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Industry on Bill C-17

Thursday, December 4th, 1997
PRESENTATION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRY ON BILL C-17: AN ACT TO AMEND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT AND THE TELEGLOBE CANADA REORGANIZATION AND DIVESTITURE ACT

Basic Telephone Service in the Information Age: A Consumer Perspective

Wednesday, May 12th, 1993
Increasingly, telecommunications is seen as a strategic investment. There is no doubt that widespread and innovative uses of advanced telecommunications technology by Canadian business will improve our economic health. But in this enthusiasm to embrace the information age, we must not lose sight of the public utility function of the technology. As much as it has become a strategic investment, telecommunications remains a public utility, which should be available to all citizens regardless of income level.
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