The number of Canadians who opt for over-the-top services is set to surpass the number of Canadians who subscribe to traditional television providers next year, according to a report released yesterday by Convergence Research Group.
The country’s largest telecoms are telling the Federal Court that the City of Calgary shouldn’t be allowed to appeal a CRTC decision on whether the city’s new bylaw binds the carriers on infrastructure builds, while the city is arguing that the telecoms are still getting the issues wrong.
The CRTC has told the Competition Bureau it won’t be compelling telecoms to turn over a slew of detailed information the bureau was asking for — though the telecoms will effectively have to answer many of the same questions anyway, since the CRTC issued its own request for information earlier this month that covers much of the same ground.
Telus Corp. is going to court over the CRTC’s decision last month to grant smaller internet providers a pause on a rule that caps the internet speeds they can provide their customers if they don’t switch to a new regime they argue is impractical.
The CRTC will register a mandatory order with the Federal Court forbidding Quebecor Inc. from withholding the signal for TVA Sports from BCE Inc. subscribers — meaning that if Quebecor chooses to pull the signal again, it would be in contempt of court.
Gatineau, Que. — Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau was unrepentant as he justified his decision to pull the TVA Sports signal from BCE Inc. TV subscribers Wednesday, indicating to CRTC commissioners he wouldn’t rule out doing so again once a court injunction expires next week.
The CRTC’s new, consumer-focused policy direction doesn’t go far enough, according to smaller companies and advocacy groups, who told the government the proposed language is too flimsy, too open to interpretation by the commission, and is liable to be superceded in moments of ambiguity by its 2006 predecessor.
The City of Calgary says the government should develop a “modernized” national digital strategy that addresses open access infrastructure policies, municipal rights-of-way, smart city urban design and new 5G funding structures that could “address gaps and deficiencies during roll out.”