Vidéotron targeted in lawsuit

L'union des consommateurs and Vidéotron ltée customer Fernand Savoy have instigated a class action lawsuit against the Montreal service provider for capping the amount of data clients are allowed to download through the Extreme High-Speed Internet service. According to a press release, Savoy and the Quebec consumers-rights group argue that the cap conflicts with Vidéotron's claim online that the Extreme service is unlimited. They also argue that unlimited downloading was one of the reasons many people signed up for the service in the first place. The suit seeks a refund for over-limit charges. Earlier this month Vidéotron announced that it would limit downloads to 100 GB per month starting October 1. Downloads over that limit will cost $1.50 per GB.

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Barrett secures rights to 3.5 GHz spectrum from Pathcom

Barrett Broadband Networks, a Barrett Corp. company, has acquired 37 spectrum licences in the 3.5 GHz band from Alberta-based Pathcom Wireless Inc. The deal not only includes the spectrum licences – the transfer was approved by Industry Canada earlier this month – but Pathcom's subscribers and network in southern Alberta as well. The transaction allows Barrett to take a significant step forward in providing broadband access to rural Canadians.

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Today’s comm-tech plan: do nothing and hope for the best

Less than half of US and Canadian companies are satisfied with the impact of current collaborative technologies, according to a survey conducted on Avanade Inc.'s behalf. But the IT consultancy (specializing in Microsoft Corp. products) says nearly all respondents see benefits in new technologies such as enterprise search tools, virtual workspaces and VoIP. Just 11% of US companies have a documented communications-technology strategy; 22% of Canadians "have nothing defined about collaborative and communication activity," according to an Avonade press release.

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