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Do we still need to regulate telephone services?

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled there is insufficient competition in the telecommunications industry. In December 2003 the CRTC proposed handicaps on the traditional telephone monopolies in order to allow new companies to enter the market.

Dynamic Competition in Telecommunications: Implications for Regulatory Policy

Neil Quigley begins his report by noting that in recent years the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has adopted a range of policy initiatives designed to: a) promote the entry of new firms into the business of providing wireline local access telephone services; and, b) increase the number of viable competitors in that market. Quigley supports the CRTC’s own assessment that despite its efforts, competition on these fronts is limited in the largest urban centres – and virtually nonexistent outside them.

Going Mobile—Slowly: How Wireline Telephone Regulation Slows Cellular Network Development

Neil Quigley and Margaret Sanderson address the issue of Canada’s poor cellular capacity and the unwillingness of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to evolve regulations as times change.

Telmex Panel Strips WTO of Another Fig Leaf

In April 2004, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favour of the US against how Mexico regulates Telmex, the country’s major telecommunications supplier. In this brief report, Ellen Gould examines this dispute panel ruling in which the US successfully claimed that Mexico was violating the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

The Schumpeterian Wave in Telecommunications: Public Policy Implications

Yves Rabeau argues that the emergence of digital information and the Internet represents a major innovation which has revolutionized the telecommunications industry.

Whither the CBC? The Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada: A Discussion Paper

In this paper, Bill Neville, a former member of the CBC board of directors, analyzes the future of CBC television.