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Goodmans at the 16th Biennial National Conference


Lawyer Michael Koch, Peter Ruby
Area Communications


April 26 - 27, 2012
Ottawa Convention Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

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?

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