Goodmans at the 16th Biennial National Conference
|Lawyer||Michael Koch, Peter Ruby|
April 26 - 27, 2012
Ottawa Convention Centre
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Panellist: Peter Ruby, Partner, Goodmans LLP
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm: Double Jeopardy – Interjurisdictional Immunity and the Communications Industry
In 2007, the Supreme Court changed the constitutional doctrine of interjurisdictional immunity, making it more difficult for federal undertakings to establish immunity from provincial legislation. This has increased the exposure of federally regulated telecom and broadcasting companies to provincial consumer protection legislation and municipal by-laws affecting tower sites and other infrastructure. What are the implications of this shift in Canadian constitutional law for the communications industry?
Friday, April 27, 2012
Panellist: Michael Koch, Partner, Goodmans LLP
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Competition and Choice
The CRTC regulates wholesale access, UBB and net neutrality in the telecommunications industry, and signal carriage and program rights on traditional and emerging broadcasting platforms. What opportunities to differentiate their services do these policies create or destroy for the largest and smallest players? Do these policies ultimately promote meaningful competition? Or do they reduce competitive choice for Canadians?