While much of the conversation about rural broadband in Canada has recently centered on low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites, the business is a very expensive one, with huge capital costs and — depending on the business model of a given company — big subsidies, according to the panellists at a Friday session of the 2020 online edition of the Canada’s Rural and Remote Broadband Conference.
The recently launched package of funding opportunities for rural broadband is a good start for rural connectivity, but the federal government so far lacks a cohesive strategy to properly execute the goal of connecting the most rural Canadians, according to Ontario-based Execulink Telecom CEO Ian Stevens.
The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) and advocacy group OpenMedia told MPs the federal government needs to demonstrate more political will to bring lower internet and wireless prices to Canada, two days after Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains told the same committee there needs to be a “balance” between affordability and investment.
In a case that could determine whether a “right to be forgotten” exists in Canada — and whether search engine results on Alphabet Inc.‘s Google would be considered journalistic and thus exempt from de-indexing requests — CBC/Radio-Canada has told Federal Court that Google search results should fall under journalistic protections.
In a CRTC proceeding set to determine whether competitive access for in-building wire (IBW) will be mandated in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) like condominiums, CloudWifi Inc. has rejected BCE Inc.‘s argument that the prevalence of competitive local exchange carriers in MDUs in the Bell footprint is evidence that the regulator should not mandate access to incumbent IBW.
BCE Inc. has filed an application for leave to appeal a $17.9-million penalty imposed by the CRTC last month for violations of its broadcasting license, arguing that the CRTC failed to give the broadcaster adequate notice that it was misallocating its community programming funding towards its own local news programming.