The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is criticizing a recent CRTC ruling on access to telecommunications and broadcast services for not mandating video relay service (VRS). Disability groups praise several directives but the provision exonerating companies from a mandatory VRS is not one of them.
Rogers Communications Inc. has inked an agreement with MTS Allstream Inc. that will see the Manitoba-based company launch a national wireless offering as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) under the Allstream brand. The two companies have also agreed to jointly build an HSPA network in Manitoba.
BitTorrent Inc. has shot back at ISPs arguing that peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic is hogging the network and therefore requires them to perform application-specific throttling. In a letter to the CRTC, the company says that while “network management is essential to the preservation of Internet-based business models, it is our view that these management practices are not required to be, nor should they be, discriminatory in nature.”
Industry Canada’s close relationship with the wireless carriers and the CRTC’s willingness to turn a blind eye to the lack of competition in the mobile services sector needs to be reversed, according to a one of the country’s most outspoken telecom consultants. Speaking with Report on Wireless, Eamon Hoey says Canada needs a complete “rethink” to its wireless regulatory structure.