Senate committee takes up study of internet service quality bill 

The Senate Committee on Transport and Communications began its study of Bill C-288 on Tuesday, which would amend the Telecommunications Act to require telecom carriers to be more transparent about their broadband services. 

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Rogers backs Bell’s SRDU request while creatives oppose

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Rogers Communications Inc. is endorsing a Part 1 application by BCE Inc. that would see the five per cent contribution level by satellite relay distribution undertakings (SRDUs) eliminated and wants the same treatment for itself. Bell filed the original motion last month on behalf of its ExpressVu division.

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Bill C-27 sees amendments to minor and personal information definitions

The clause-by-clause study of Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Act, continued at the House of Commons Industry Committee meeting on Monday. Three amendments were made to the legislation. 

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Miracle Channel gets licence for discretionary service

The Miracle Channel Association (MCA) has been granted a licence for a discretionary service, the CRTC announced Monday. It had been operating Corco as an exempt service with fewer than 200,000 subscribers but has now passed that threshold.

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Open telecom to foreign investment, former competition commissioner says

A past Competition Bureau Commissioner is calling on the federal government to loosen the restrictions on foreign investment in telecommunications. Others say a fundamental change to the regime is needed.

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Listeners open wallets to help Alberta public broadcaster stay on the air

Canada’s oldest public broadcaster is in a funding crunch but listeners are stepping up to the plate to support it as it works to raise $3 million by September. 

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Rogers sells Monday night NHL rights to Amazon Prime streaming service

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it is entering into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc. that will see Amazon Prime take over coverage of Monday night NHL games. The deal gets underway with the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons. This is the first exclusive deal with a digital-only streaming service in Canada for the hockey league.

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Bell Media launches FAST channels in English and French

BCE Inc. announced Thursday that it is launching seven English and three French free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels. The services are available immediately on LG Channels and will be popping up on Samsung TV Plus later this quarter. Further channels and partners are expected to be named soon.

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CCTS reports surge in Rogers, Bell, and Telus complaints

Customer complaints against telecom and TV service providers surged by 43 per cent between Aug. 1, 2023 and Jan. 31, 2024, according to the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services’ (CCTS) most recent mid-year report. 

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Digital divide still exists in Northern Ontario, study finds

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Northern Ontario is lagging behind the rest of the province when it comes to internet connectivity, a new report finds.

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