James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Friday, January 10, 2014

NSA Spying Sends Data Clients North of the Border

In the British Columbia town of Kamloops, arid as a desert with cool summer nights, Telus Corp. (T) only has to turn on the air conditioning about 40 hours a year to keep its computer servers from overheating. The chilly temperatures are part of Canadian companies’ sales pitch to businesses looking for places to store their growing troves of digital information as cheaply as possible. They also boast of inexpensive hydroelectric power and low seismic activity. And now they’re touting what they say is a new advantage: less snooping. Revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency has spied on data networks run by American companies have given Canadian data-center operators an opportunity. They’re telling customers from Europe and Asia that laws north of the border are more protective of privacy. Sales of storage services in Canada are growing 20 percent a year at Telus and Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI/B) U.S.-based technology companies, meanwhile, complain that the NSA scandal has hurt their business.