I can understand why large carriers in the United States are so opposed to municipal networks that they pay off state legislatures to pass legislation banning municipal investment in networks. America is the land with the best legislation money can buy. I understand why their legions of myrmidons applaud this as the only proper course of action. What I cannot understand is why everyone else seems to think this is economically rational and socially beneficial.
I am a lawyer and an adjudicator who practices principally in relation to technology issues: Internet governance, domain names, and 9-1-1 policy matters. I was a member of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast and telecom regulator) from 2008-2013.
From January 2011, I was elected by the Board of Trustees of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) to be its Chairman. I resigned as of July 31, 2013 to coincide with the end of my term as CRTC Commisioner, and remain a Trustee of ARIN.
As of January 1st, 2009, I took up a position as a member of the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, subsequent to an election of ARIN members, for a three year term, since renewed in 2011 by the ARIN electorate for another three years.
In that time as Commissioner at the CRTC, the most significant accomplishment was turning down the proposal to regulate the Internet under the Broadcasting Act. I have posted my concurring opinion in new media, the term for the question whether the Broadcasting Act should be applied to the Internet in Canada. See also my more recent dissent in part on high-speed access (August 2010).The other significant decision in which I participated was the Internet traffic management procedures proceeding, which balanced the rights of network owners to defend their networks with the rights of users to access networks for their own purposes.
A lot of my work in 2004 and 2005 on ENUM is found on www.enumorg.ca.
Some essays and work from my LLM degree program (2006-2007) have been posted to the reports page.
I appeared on this panel along with Heather Dryden, Industry Canada; Michael Geist, University of Ottawa; Sylvie LaPerrière; Google Inc.; and Mark Raymond, CIGI.