Yes, I’m still alive

Hi there,

To anyone still following this blog, you’ll know that I haven’t written on here in a long time. I’m still studying telecoms — my MA was long ago done, and I’m now chasing after a PhD at Carleton — but have been spending my focus elsewhere.

Feelsbadman. I miss writing these blogs and engaging with the people who read them. But I doubt I’m going to have the time or energy to start back up in the 3,000-word-essay-about-something-that-makes-me-vibrate-just-because-I-can’t-not-write-it type of way that I used to, at least any time soon (have to save that energy for the dissertation).

But I do spend a lot of time on social media, twitter in particular. And it seems like more and more people, myself included, are using twitter in the same way that people used to use blogs circa 2005-2015–to write semi-long-form thread (long, at least, in comparison to the erstwhile 140 character limit).

So I think for now what I’m going to do is start a copypasta of my own and others’-who-I-find-interesting’s threads up in this space. This will likely be uninteresting to most. But, at least that way, they won’t disappear into the black hole after 5 minutes.

Today’s topic: recently there’s been a lot of talk about he CRTC’s back room meetings with industry, and the what the relationship of a regulator and industry should look like in practice. These discussions were set off by the Monica Auer of the FRPC’s discovery that the CRTC had granted an ill-advised audience to Bell, who used the opportunity to pitch its plan for website blocking before the public proceeding had commenced.

Michael Geist has written about it here and here.

So without further ado, here’s what started as a conversation with JF Mezei and turned into a bit of a rant about why the CRTC acts the way it does
(all of which was sparked by a thread that you should definitely read by Cynthia Khoo):

Former CRTC Vice-chairman of telecommunications Peter Menzies’ was kind enough to share his thoughts:



So that’s it for now! Make of this what you wish. Have a good morning. And in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

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