Rogers self-promotion in violation of rules on community channels, IMCAIP charges

A group of independent Internet service providers is accusing Rogers Cable Inc. of repeatedly violating CRTC directives on self-promotion on its community cable channels, even after the ISPs had warned the cable operator. The move comes on the heels of the commission’s release of a proposed new framework for community media.

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Dalfen expected to provide bold leadership at helm of CRTC

The appointment of communications lawyer Charles Dalfen as chair of the CRTC is being heralded by observers in the telecom world. They note his expertise in telecommunications and in broadcasting and expect he will impose new discipline on the commission as it faces serious new issues. Dalfen assumed his post this month.

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CCR Update

Digital cable growth slides at Rogers
Rogers Cable Inc. added about 28,000 net new digital cable set-top boxes in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2001. That figure is significantly lower than the 48,400 digital boxes added in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, but higher than the 15,200 digital boxes added in the second quarter. More details.

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RoW Update

Opposition mounts against TMI’s bid for terrestrial spectrum use
Considerable opposition is mounting against TMI Communications’ application to use portions of its L-band spectrum in a terrestrial "in-fill" network. Domestic wireless companies believe that giving TMI exclusive access to the spectrum would only serve to give them an unfair advantage and could potentially lead to an all out abandoning of its satellite operations.

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