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+ - Canadian Court Rules Net Neutrality Tied to Levy

Submitted by schon
schon (31600) writes "The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals made an important ruling today, ruling that ISPs can not be the subject of a federal levy, as long as they remained neutral parties.

Canadian cultural groups asked the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission) to impose a levy on ISPs, in order to fund "Canadian Content". ISP groups objected, and the question went to Federal Appeals court.

The court ruled that ISPs can't be subject to a proposed levy because they weren't broadcasters under the Broadcasting Act; however the court also said that this definition only holds so long as the ISPs remain neutral channels with regards to content distribution.

So a big win for Canadian internet users — if ISPs don't want to be forced to pay the levy, they have to remain committed to net neutrality!"
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+ - 74% of Canucks not aware of Twitter->

Submitted by schon
schon (31600) writes "Ipsos-Reid has a poll showing only 26% of internet-using Canadians are aware of Twitter, and only 6% say they use it. An article in a local dead-tree newspaper has Mark Laver (the study's author) quoted as saying "My gut was telling me Twitter was big and everybody was using it, but clearly that's not the case." As a Canuck who's tried Twitter and wondered what the big deal is, I'm wondering if this extrapolates to other countries? Is Twitter really as popular as the media is making it out to be, or is the reality much different?"
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