internet providers

SpaceX Starlink Update

CNBC has reported that the SpaceX Starlink internet service is now beta testing and that rural Canadians will have access to this service soon.

This service uses interconnected low earth orbit satellites to provide wi-fi access to individuals who have an outdoor mounted antenna. And although the estimated US$99 monthly fee is rather expensive, this service will give access to smaller communities that are much too remote for regular access.

The initial speed will be 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s, with latencies from 20ms to 40ms. But SpaceX expects to improve its systems further.

The current Federal government is also hastening its high-speed internet expansion plans in response to the pandemic according to CTV News so rural Canadians should hopefully be able to get more reasonable monthly rates in the future.

The CRTC Wants Your Comments On Your Internet

Whether you think it’s too slow, spotty or expensive, the CRTC wants know.

Click here to access their questionnaire.

Tools To Check Your Internet Speed

Whenever I think my internet is slowing down I use speedtest.net. But it appears that Google have decided to create their own testing site after receiving complaints about Youtube videos lagging.

You can access your internet provider’s video quality report by clicking here.

No Royalties On Music Previews

The Supreme Court Of Canada has ruled that music previews comply to the definition of Fair Dealing in the Copyright Act and cannot therefore be subjected to the collection of royalties.

“Research” need not be for creative purposes only. Permitting only creative purposes to qualify as “research” would ignore the fact that one of the objectives of the Copyright Act is the dissemination of the works themselves. Limiting “research” to creative purposes would also run counter to the ordinary meaning of “research”, which includes many activities that do not require the establishment of new facts or conclusions. The fair dealing exception must not be interpreted restrictively and “research” must be given a large and liberal interpretation.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, Canadian Recording Industry Association and CMRRA-SODRAC Inc had wished to collect royalties from internet providers for both previews and full music downloads, the latter also having been dismissed by another ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada today.

These royalties would have resulted in major expenditures for internet providers, who would have passed these on to the consumer.