The Internet is the backbone of digital economies, providing not only a communications medium but also access to world markets. We can help your business navigate its way through the web of policies, laws and regulations affecting this extremely important global network. Fasken Martineau advises on all aspects of the Internet from government subsidy programs for Internet infrastructure to the laws and policies that govern Internet services and usage.

We help businesses obtain the necessary licences and regulatory approvals for the provision of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) and other Internet-based communications services and we provide international due diligence on regulatory compliance of Internet-based products and services. We also advise extensively on social media, e-commerce, domain names and anti-spam legislation. We counsel on ownership, licensing, copyright, and other intellectual property regulations pertaining to digital media.

Our Clients

Our clients include wireline, wireless and satellite-based carriers whose networks provide broadband access to the Internet, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), business users, investors, VoIP service providers, manufacturers and businesses seeking to comply with Internet laws and regulations, both nationally and internationally.

Our Expertise

  • Anti-spam legislation (Bill C-28 and CAN-SPAM amongst others)
  • Data protection
  • Privacy
  • Social media
  • Cloud computing
  • E-commerce
  • Domain names
  • Digital media
  • Internet-based broadcasting services
  • Digital copyright and piracy issues
  • Broadband access
  • Construction or lease of fibre, wireless and satellite-based broadband networks
  • Broadband subsidy programs
  • VoIP services