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NEWS


On Rogers-Shaw, Champagne faces policy choice

All eyes are on Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, who is the last line of defense for opponents of the pending merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. “It's going to wind up like an albatross -- an albatross around one’s neck --  if he makes the wrong...

BRIEFS


ISED releases results of residual spectrum band auction

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has released the list of telecoms that have purchased spectrum in the most recent auction. The spectrum is in the 600 Mhz, 2500 Mhz and 3500 Mhz bands. BCE Inc.’s Bell Mobility Inc. won eight licences at a cost of $10.6 million. They...

PEOPLE


CRTC vice-chair broadcasting prioritizing public policy goals over financial implications of C-11

The purpose of the CRTC is to achieve policy outcomes rather than regulate the broadcasting sector and that financial interests come second, according to the CRTC's interim vice-chair of broadcasting and commissioner for Quebec.  “The CRTC is, first and foremost, a public interest regulator, and while...

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