As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on high-profile files like telecom sales practices, and even potentially a new federal government — to be determined in an election in which the danger of hacking and social media manipulation will itself be a key story.
Canadians are increasingly signing up for home internet services that meet the CRTC’s basic service standards of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, with 36 per cent of high-speed residential subscriptions meeting that target in 2017, compared to 23 per cent a year earlier.
The prices of higher-speed wireline internet plans increased last year, and while the prices of wireless services in Canada are falling, they remain more expensive than in other countries, according a new report released by Innovation Canada Friday afternoon.
The SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) project is calling on the CRTC to relax eligibility requirements for the commission’s new rural broadband fund, arguing that the mapping criteria it uses will exclude too many poorly serviced communities from applying.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will rely on expert advice and not pollute with politics its decision on whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from Canada’s 5G networks, comments that come amid domestic and international political pressure over the prospect of a ban.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is taking issue with a request by Telus Corp. to have Parliament change the rules for storing personal video recorder (PVR) recordings on network servers, warning the server-space-saving proposal could hurt the video-on-demand market.
Increases in how long the CRTC takes to pay public interest groups to participate in proceedings not only represent an existential crisis for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) but also a wider problem that could harm the involvement of other consumer organizations, groups are warning.