Net Neutrality: A Public Discussion on the Future of the Internet in Canada
February 6, 2007, 7 pm
Ottawa Public Library Auditorium
120 Metcalfe St.
Moderated by Pippa Lawson, Executive Director, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa
* Michael Geist: Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa
* Ren Bucholz: Electronic Frontier Foundation Policy Coordinator, Americas
* Andrew Clement: Professor, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto; Principal Investigator, Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking
Please join us for an important public discussion on the future of the Internet in Canada. Network neutrality recently became a major issue in the United States when telecommunications companies issued public statements asking for the ability to charge Internet content- providers for preferential access to Internet users. That meant that big corporations, especially media conglomerates, would get to Internet users fastest while smaller ones, which would be unable to pay the "tolls", would be left trailing. Meanwhile, Internet users could be restricted from using certain applications, and would likely have to pay more to access content of providers that weren't part of the telecommunications company's exclusivity deals.
Net neutrality has been an issue in Canada for at least two years, but the release in March 2006 of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel's Final Report renewed both corporate and public interest in the topic. In the United States, net neutrality is currently on hold as legislators debate the issue; in Canada, the federal government is considering major changes to telecommunications regulation and its commitment to network neutrality is uncertain - hence the need for public debate before more decisions are made.
For more information on the topic, please visit the following websites and online news articles:
If you are unable to attend, please note that a video of the event will be made publicly available.
For questions, comments, or suggestions.
Sabina Iseli-Otto (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Danielle Dennie
(email@example.com), librarians at large