Regulation and the Challenge of Broadband Telecommunications: Back to the Future?


  • Hudson Janisch



This article discusses the current state of broadband Internet service in Canada and recent regulatory disputes between the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission and service providers in Canada. The article examines the difficulties experienced in the Canadian marketplace with regard to providing service to rural and remote users and compares the current delivery scheme with the Australian National Broadband Network. The article highlights the particular challenges involved in the regulation of a rapidly evolving industry such as telecommunications.

Author Biography

Hudson Janisch

Inaugural TransCanada Chair in Administrative and  Regulatory Law, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Chair of Law and Technology Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto; Adjunct  Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, 2009-2011.