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McCarthy Ttrault lawyers publish Model Act to implement telecom sector reform

Hank Intven, Partner at McCarthy Ttrault LLP, today announced the publication of a Model Telecommunications Act co...


June 12, 2007  


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Hank Intven, Partner at McCarthy Ttrault LLP, today announced the publication of a Model Telecommunications Act containing detailed legislative provisions that could be used to implement key recommendations of the March 2006 report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel (the TPR Report).

The Model Act was prepared by Intven, who was a member of the Panel, and Mary Dawson, former Associate Deputy Minister of Justice.

The TPR Report called for major reforms of the policy and regulatory framework for the Canadian telecommunications industry.

Since release of the report, the federal government has moved quickly to implement many of its recommendations, particularly those aimed at deregulation of the telecommunications industry and which the panel has described as urgent.

However, the report ultimately called for a comprehensive set of reforms, including new legislation, creation of new competition and consumer watchdog agencies, and clear guidelines for when regulators should, and should not, intervene in telecom markets.

The purpose in preparing and publishing a Model Act was simply to give the government, Parliament and other industry stakeholders, including consumer groups, some clear ideas on how one might start the difficult job of drafting new, comprehensive telecom legislation to implement the report, Intven said.

“Having participated in the six-year process to prepare, debate and pass the 1993 Telecommunications Act, we recognize that preparing telecommunications legislation is no easy task. We thought it would be useful to put some ideas into play on how to write the specific legislative provisions that the government and Parliament might consider moving ahead with.

“The main goal is to ensure that the provisions of the TPR Report on which the Government has not already acted will be seriously considered, and not just left on the shelf as part of a report that is complex to implement and not ‘politically sexy.'”