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Why the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan is Flawed: Geist

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A Bell-led coalition of media companies, which includes the likes of Rogers, CBC and Quebecor, wants to propose a website blocking plan, backed by the CRTC. Critics have slammed the idea, citing it violates net neutrality and would violate free expression online.

University of Ottawa Law Professor, Dr. Michael Geist, has concluded his arguments against the website blocking proposal, and has now completed his massive 17-part series take down of the plan:

Nearly one month ago, I set out to outline the case against the Bell coalition’s website blocking plan. Sixteen instalments later (plus bonus posts on Bell’s astroturfing campaign and the remarkable success of the day of action opposing the plan), I have examined the myriad of problems with the proposal. The objective was never to justify piracy. Rather, it was to conclusively demonstrate that the proposal is disproportionate, harmful, offside international standards, violates Canadian norms, and does not come close to meeting the CRTC’s requirements for approval of website blocking.

Check them out below:

Canadians have until March 29, 2017 to submit comments to the CRTC to oppose Bell’s plan, and OpenMedia has created an easy link here for you to do so.

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