CRTC unveils changes to price floor safeguardsThe CRTC is seeking submissions on changes to the imputation test and service bundling rules. Other comments on the regulatory framework around these issues are also being solicited. The call comes in Telecom Public Notice 2003-10, released December 8. Commission updates data registration formatIn Telecom Circular 2003-1, the CRTC has listed some changes to its monitoring lists. Companies will now be required to register every year to avoid defunct firms appearing long after they have ceased to operate. The commission is moving to web-based registration.Rogers offers faster Internet serviceRogers Cable Inc. has unveiled faster high-speed Internet service. It has doubled its download speeds for residential and regular business customers to 3 Mbps and increased upload speeds as well. Business pro service has seen a jump in download speed from 3 to 4 Mbps and an upload speed of 640 kbps.FCC approves 360networks takeover of Touch AmericaThe Federal Communications Commission has given final approval for 360networks to take over the assets of Touch America Inc. This greatly expands the backbone reach of the Canadian carrier. Only one objection, from Northrop Grumman, was filed to the takeover.Allstream declares special dividendAllstream Inc. announced a special dividend of $3.50 per share for Class A and Class B shares. The payment will be made on January 6 to all shareholders of record by December 19. The CLEC says the payment will not affect its strong cash flow.Telus application on directories deniedIn Telecom Order 2003-505, the CRTC turned down an application by Telus Communications Inc. to change its terms of service on directory errors and omissions. The telco wanted to extend the limitations of liability to DIS, the company that now publishes its directories. The commission agreed with a comment filed by the Telecommunications Workers Union that DIS does not fall under the jurisdiction of the CRTC.CRTC approves local network interconnection and component unbundling applicationsThe CRTC has granted approval to local network interconnection and component unbundling tariffs for Canada’s two largest ILECs. Bell Canada’s application was ruled on in Telecom Order 2003-503. Telecom Order 2003-504 dealt with Telus Communications Inc.’s proposal.Northwestel offers Internet as part of SIPNorthwestel is rolling out dial-up Internet service in the community of Fort Resolution NWT. This is the first region to receive Internet as part of Northwestel’s service improvement plan. The Sympatico service will be offered for $24.95 per month.Enersource connects schools in Peel regionMississauga utel Enersource has connected all public and separate schools in the Peel region outside of Toronto. Nearly a quarter of a million students will benefit from the new grid. Enersource worked with Hydro One Telecom in the rollout.MTS wins naming rights to Winnipeg arenaThe new arena being built in Winnipeg will be known as the MTS Centre. The project, originally dubbed the True North Centre, will be used for sports and entertainment events. MTS has a 10-year agreement on naming rights. INTERNATIONAL NEWS Ofcom announces review of UK telecomOfcom, the office of communications in Britain, will begin a strategic review of the British telecommunications sector next month. It will examine issues of competition, investment and broadband deployment, among others. The yearlong study is the first comprehensive review of the sector in 13 years. Telecom most productive sector, new study findsA survey by Proudfoot Consulting finds that the telecom sector is the most productive of the major industries it studied. Telecom achieved a productivity level of 72%, four points ahead of second place auto sector. The survey was conducted in seven nations in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia.British firm wants Internet caller IDBritish tech firm avecho has introduced a product to halt spam through Internet caller ID. The device permits tracing of spammers if they use the product and prevents the delivery of spam if sent from an unequipped computer. Avecho says new anti-spam regulations in the United States and Europe do not go far enough in preventing unwanted email.