December 22nd, 2008

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Link Harvest: First sale doctrine and MP3s, CRTC decision on ISP wholesale

Ars Technica does a good job on the background of the "first sale doctrine" and its application to MP3s.

CRTC requires that Bell Canada and others offer wholesale customers the same speeds for resale as they offer themselves.

The last is interesting because it highlights that CRTC has not shifted gears on its traditional understanding of competition issues. They are not taking a new total "hands off" approach. But they are grounded in a very simple attitude toward competition and a lack of understanding about network management.