CNM Update

Defence of Outer Dimension mounted
A 26 half-hour episode run of Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension has been moved into production by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp partner CinéGroup, based in Montreal. The live action series is based on web characters created by Tom Lynch (Caitin’s Way, The Secret World of Alex Mack). The show is slated to air in the winter of 2002 on both YTV in Canada and the Fox Kids Network in the U.S. The series is touting new 3D backgrounds and special effects for a hybrid live action/computer generated animation that will immerse the audience in the action. More details.

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ROW Update

U.S. military likely to dig in its heels on 3G spectrum debate
Congressional sources are saying that a previously proposed plan to move the U.S. military out of the 1700 MHz band to make way for the allocation of 3G spectrum in that band won't likely carry much weight following the terrorist attacks on American soil September 11. The source told a U.S.-based trade publication that "the chances before (the attacks) were long, (but) now they are even longer."

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NL People

Leonard Gross has been named VP operations at Hydro One Telecom Inc. He worked at Olameter, fONOROLA and Unitel before joining the Ontario utility.

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NL Short Takes

Call-Net settles lawsuit with ex-CEO, abandons ASP
Call-Net Enterprises Inc has reached an out-of-court settlement with its former CEO, Juri Koor, who sued the company following his dismissal two years ago (NL, Nov. 1/99). No terms of the agreement were released. The Sprint Canada parent has also announced that it is shutting down it ascenda Inc subsidiary. The company said it would no longer take part in the ASP business.

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American regulator moving ahead with reform following consultations with public

The Federal Communications Commission, much like the CRTC, has been going through self-examination to decide how to better serve its constituents. Mary Beth Richards, special counsel to FCC chair Michael Powell, delivered this status report earlier this month. Here is an abridged version of her remarks, which began by discussing industry and public submissions.

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Telcos deny latest rate increase proposal is cash grab; hearing begins next week

The CRTC will begin hearings next week in Hull QC into applications by several major ILECs for rate increases – a move described by a consumer watchdog group as serving the interests of shareholders, not consumers. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is also calling on the commission to review its price cap formula, saying it has turned out to be too generous for the phone companies.

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