Skyway Recommended November 5th to 11th

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, kind of a Digg-lite for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think like we do (internet trends, internet privacy, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

IT World Canada: The name is Bond…Android Bond. (Plus: staying up late for Nexus 4)

One of Sony’s newest Android-powered handsets is the dual-core Xperia T, and it has the distinction of being the new Bond phone. That’s right – it’s the one 007 reaches for in the new movie Skyfall (no doubt one of the benefits of being a sister company to one of the film’s distribution partners). In addition to appearing in the film, the phone will come pre-loaded with Bond content, including movie clips, behind the scenes footage, wallpapers, and more. Read More…

 CRTC Website: CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speech to Canadian ISPs Nov 5 2012

Let me begin by telling you what a privilege it is to speak as the Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Being appointed to the position was a tremendous honour for me. I’m approaching each day with a heavy sense of responsibility and excitement about what lies ahead over the next five years. Read More…

IT World Canada: ISPs still waiting for CRTC on pricing

Exactly a year ago independent Internet service providers who gathered in Toronto for a conference were hanging on every word of a vital CRTC decision issued that week which set new rules on how they buy access from big carriers. Read More…

USA Today: Microsoft dropping Messenger in 2013, switch to Microsoft-owned Skype

Microsoft is scrapping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype. Read More…

IT Business Canada: MicroSD cards now exempt from Canadian copyright levy

Canada’s decade old media levy just got an exemption from Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. The levy which got high tech vendors, solution providers and retailers up in arms back in 2002, received an exemption for microSD memory cards from levies under the private copying regime. Read More…

Lexology: Supreme Court of Canada affirms Federal Court of Appeal ruling – ISPs are not “broadcasting undertakings” under the Broadcasting Act

In a short decision, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling that Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) do not carry on “broadcasting undertakings” subject to regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) under the Broadcasting Act. Read More…


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