SOCAN fires back on Tariff 22 leave to appeal before Supreme Court

The collective society representing songwriters and music publishers has weighed in with arguments why the Supreme Court of Canada shouldn’t hear a high-profile appeal on Internet music royalties. In response to a leave to appeal application filed by the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA), Bell Canada and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has fired back that the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision on Tariff 22 shouldn’t be reviewed (CNM, Aug. 21/02). But the collective says that if the court does hear an appeal by the applicants, then it would also like permission to appeal several aspects of the lower court’s decision of last May.

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Michael Sabia, president and CEO of BCE Inc., has been named to its board of directors. Sabia is also CEO of Bell Canada and a director of the subsidiary.

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Telus plans to appeal denied R&V on contribution
Telus Corp. plans to appeal last week’s CRTC decision denying the company’s review and vary application of the contribution decision and the rebanding ruling (Decision CRTC 2000-745 and 2001-238). In a news release, the company highlighted its disappointment noting that the commission’s decision (Telecom Decision 2002-67) to use a one-size-fits-all costs methodology calculation is inconsistent with the government’s telecommunications policy framework. "This decision, if allowed to stand, has far-reaching negative implications for telecommunications service providers, especially those serving rural and remote areas of Canada," Jim Peters, Telus’ executive VP and general counsel said in a news release. "Given the far ranging implications of this decision, Telus fully expects to file an appeal to the federal Cabinet in due course."

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Agilent hopes to solve decreasing ARPU problem for global wireless operators

Mobile wireless operators around the world are trying to come up with new revenue streams to make up for the shortfall they have recently been experiencing and Agilent Technologies Inc. believes that its four newest products will help them do just that. The California-based company has released a set of network test tools that will enable carriers to maximize investment, improve quality of service and ultimately allow carriers to increase average revenue per user (ARPU).

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Canadian spectrum experience cited at IIC conference in South Africa

Canada’s approach to awarding spectrum licences is serving as a template for other less developed countries developing their own methods. They are taking Canadian experiences and are learning what to do and what not to do. This was illustrated clearly at the recent conference of the International Institute of Communications (IIC).

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Canada’s wireless lobby pushes gov’t to improve tax structure for industry

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) continues to push the federal government to decrease spectrum licence fees and other government-imposed costs that it believes actually hurt the overall economy. In comments to Industry Canada’s innovation strategy consultation, the CWTA suggests that by reducing the costs imposed on its members the government would actually encourage more innovation. The CWTA made similar arguments to the department in its comments on Revisions to the 1992 Spectrum Policy Framework for Canada (DGTP 004-02; RoW, Oct. 15/02).

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Microcell files R&V over new expanded local calling area subsidy framework

Microcell Telecommunications Inc. has expressed serious concerns over the CRTC’s new expanded local calling area (LCA) framework that would see interexchange carriers (IXCs) compensated by ILECs and CLECs for lost revenue from an expanded ILEC LCA. On October 10, the Montreal-based wireless operator filed a review and vary (R&V) application with the commission, arguing that it made several errors in its decision in assuming that CLECs would increase local rates as would ILECs, CLECs’ ability to measure lost toll revenue, and the benefits CLEC subscribers would gain from an expanded LCA.

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Personal use of cell phones increases significantly among Canadian population

The percentage of Canadians who use their cell phones primarily for personal purposes is up significantly in the last two years, while those using cell phones mostly for business reasons has dropped dramatically over the same period, according to new research.

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