Increased competition likely benefit of Bell and Telus resale agreement

Smaller urban and rural regions of the country can expect to see an increase in competition and the introduction of new advanced wireless data services more quickly than thought following a recently signed resale and roaming agreement between two of the country’s largest mobile wireless operators. A landmark agreement between Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility will eliminate the need for each carrier to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand networks into each other’s traditional operating territory. Both carriers expect to save upwards of $500 million over the 10-year life of the accord.

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Government to close section 31 loophole

Section 31 of the Copyright Act will be closed to Internet services in the coming weeks, according to comments by both Industry Canada minister Brian Tobin and Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps. At the Canadian Association of Broadcasters convention in Ottawa this morning, the pair indicated that they are hoping to introduce amendments to the Act that would effectively remove the section’s protection for retransmission from online companies such as JumpTV.com Canada Inc. and ICraveTV Inc.

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CNM Update

Government to close section 31 loophole

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Pachul will risk prison to defy CRTC order

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Wireless cablecos need preferred access to WCS spectrum, Craig Wireless says

Canadian wireless cable operators want preferred access to a certain slice of spectrum so they can improve and expand their TV and high-speed Internet offerings. The request from Image Wireless Communications Inc. and Craig Wireless Systems Inc. comes in comments to Industry Canada’s consultation (Gazette Notice DGRB-06-01) on the auction of spectrum in the 2300 MHz band and fixed wireless access in the 3500 MHz band. An edited excerpt of Craig Wireless’ submission follows.

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CCR People

David Colville has had his term as chair of the CRTC extended by Cabinet from August 28 "until such time as a new chairman is designated." He has been acting in the role since François Bertrand left (CCR, Dec. 7/00). He has indicated that he doesn’t want the position permanently.

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CCR Short Takes

CTV, Quebecor trim staff
CTV Inc. announced Oct. 18 that restructuring would result in the elimination of about 150 positions. Most of the positions are in Toronto, with almost 20% currently vacant due to a hiring freeze imposed in the summer, management said. Efficiencies are expected from the centralization and reorganization of administrative areas such as marketing, promotion, technical and management services, CTV said. CTV’s announcement of layoffs came just days after Quebecor Inc. eliminated another 125 jobs from its newspaper division, including shutting down the free commuter paper in Toronto, FYI. The layoffs come on the heels of debt-ladden Quebecor reducing its workforce by 5 percent about five months ago. The National Post, owned by CanWest Global Communications Corp., let go 130 of its newspaper employees in September.

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