In what was widely expected, the CRTC announced on July 30 that the National Do-Not-Call List (DNCL) would go live on September 30. The telemarketing list, which has been several years in the making, will allow consumers to register on a list that in the hopes of eliminating what are at times annoying telemarketing calls.
WebTech Wireless Inc. has been selected by the Municipality of Belo Horizonte in Brazil as the exclusive supplier of GPS locators for its program to increase driver and passenger safety for the city’s taxis. Taxi drivers and Sincavir, the taxi owners’ union, supported the use of GPS and wireless technology to help keep drivers safe in an environment of rising crime rates.
AirIQ Inc. has inked an agreement with a large national construction equipment rental company to supply a mobile asset management solution for the customer’s fleet of mobile generators and heavy equipment. The deal comes after extensive field trials and allows AirIQ to quickly expand into this new market opportunity.
The winners in Industry Canada‘s Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction will be able to compete on services against the country’s incumbent wireless players, despite having a fraction of the spectrum, according to two industry analysts.
Board members of a Winnipeg radio station who were dismissed by a corporation tied to David Asper, executive VP CanWest Global Communications, say they are planning a federal court appeal of a CRTC decision in a bid to overturn their dismissal and regain control of the dormant station.
Eric Bernier has joined Ottawa-based CANARIE Inc. as chief technology officer (CTO), where he will lead the design and operational management of the organization’s advanced network infrastructure for both research and education. During the last eight years he was a researcher and project manager at Nortel’s CTO office in Ottawa. Bernier holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
A new survey from security firm McAfee Inc. has revealed some startling findings regarding the security practices of North American small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): the vast majority invest little on security and take very little precaution to protect their networks against hackers despite believing an online presence is critical to success.
A Montreal-based online broadcaster – which bills itself as the "CNN of the Internet" – is finalizing negotiations with 16 global syndication partners for a new technology that allows media companies to deliver video news from anywhere, anytime and on any Internet platform. But don’t count on the company’s participation in any upcoming CRTC review into whether such content should be regulated.
For the second time in three years, advances in technology have pushed the CRTC to realign its organizational structure to keep up with the times. The commission’s secretary general, Robert Morin, says the changes include a revamped policy development and research (PDR) sector with more functions that are common to both telecom and broadcast. The move is expected to make the regulator nimble and markedly different from a similar restructuring in 2005.
Consumer trust in the Internet could be severely eroded if ISPs are allowed to use personal web surfing information for marketing purposes says one of the country’s consumer advocacy groups. Referred to as behavioural targeting, this type of marketing is enabled by ISPs’ use of deep packet inspection (DPI) technology.