No amount of proposed remedies will undo the damage of Rogers Communications Inc. gaining 47 per cent of the English-language broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) market, according to representatives of BCE Inc., who Thursday asked CRTC commissioners not to approve their chief competitor’s proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc.
The Markham, Ont.-based manufacturer of wireless network technology for mining, oil-and-gas, and utility groups, Redline Communications Group Inc., announced in a Wednesday release that it will be deploying its Virtual Fiber technology in the Middle East.
On the third day of CRTC hearings into the proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc., Cogeco Inc.’s Paul Beaudry quoted from a Rogers intervention during BCE Inc.’s application to take over Astral Media in 2012.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is increasing its spectrum and telecommunications fees for the 2022-2023 fiscal year by 3.4 per cent, calculated based on the April All-items Consumer Price Index (CPI), the department announced Wednesday.
A BCE Inc. subsidiary told the CRTC that approving a five-month period for it to implement local competition in the low-density market of Upton, Que., is reasonable, considering the commission approved the same time frame for the company three years ago when Telus Corp. also requested to enter one of its markets.
Lobby group OpenMedia is disappointed that Tuesday’s Speech from the Throne promised to reintroduce bill C-10, reforming the Broadcasting Act.
Telus Corp. executives told the CTRC that if the commission approves its acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.‘s broadcasting assets, Rogers Communications Inc. will gain the scale to buy exclusive access to foreign content. Rogers could use that exclusivity to benefit their distribution business at the expense of their competitors and consumers.
Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. (CPAC) is bringing forward an amendment at its annual general meeting that a majority of shareholders are required to approve any shareholder matter, including the appointment of auditors, in the “interest of equity and fairness at the board level” if the merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. is approved. It also told the commission that it would prefer if the two companies consolidate their shareholdings in CPAC at the close of the transaction, if approved.