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ISED issues rules for 3800 MHz spectrum auction

telecom | 06/30/2022 5:55 pm EDT

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) issued the rules for its next spectrum auction Thursday. The auction will begin on Oct. 24, 2023 and will feature spectrum in the 3800 MHz band. A large section of the framework is aimed at promoting...

City Wide appeals Eastlink POI decision at CRTC

telecom | 06/30/2022 5:51 pm EDT

City Wide Communications Inc. is appealing the CRTC's decision not to force Bragg Communications Inc. to move its third-party internet access to downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In a review and vary application filed with the regulator on June 23, City Wide argued that...

CRTC yearly telecom fees increase by 24 per cent

telecom | 06/29/2022 5:38 pm EDT

The CRTC is estimating that its telecommunications fees for the 2022-2023 fiscal year will total just...

Corus revenue up, profit down

Media | 06/29/2022 5:18 pm EDT

For the three months that ended on May 31, Corus Entertainment Inc.'s overall revenue was up to $433.5...

Feds, Quebec, announce funding for rural  high-speed internet

telecom | 06/29/2022 5:02 pm EDT

The federal government and Quebec announced $8.2 million in joint funding...

CSE discovers more than 2000 cyber security incidents last year

telecom | 06/29/2022 5:01 pm EDT

There were nearly half a dozen cyber security incidents targeting federal...

NorthwesTel details NWT outage

telecom | 06/28/2022 5:10 pm EDT

In response to a CRTC request for information from BCE Inc.-subsidiary NorthwesTel, the company detailed a brief territory-wide outage, followed by substantially longer localized outages around the Fort Liard area.  The trouble began, according to NorthwesTel’s filings with the CRTC, on June 11 when a construction crew working in Fort Liard severed a fibre cable in the area, though the filing redacts information about who the construction crew was working for.  “We do not have a record that the construction crew...

CRTC approves claims for broadband rollout in North

telecom | 06/27/2022 4:18 pm EDT

Monday the CRTC approved claim forms for four projects under the Broadband Fund. The payment orders went...

CNOC back regional carriers’ call for roaming rates review

telecom | 06/24/2022 5:00 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada has filed an intervention in...

CRTC outlines framework to block botnets from internet traffic

telecom | 06/23/2022 5:48 pm EDT

In a Thursday decision, the CRTC announced it was implementing regulations...

ISED launches Phase 2 of Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy

telecom | 06/22/2022 3:52 pm EDT

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

Cell phone border search bill, with higher search threshold, passes Senate

telecom | 06/21/2022 5:24 pm EDT

Late Monday night the Senate passed a reformed version of a bill that seeks...

Lack of network sharing arrangement “notable” in Quebecor Freedom deal: analyst

telecom | 06/20/2022 5:34 pm EDT

The biggest piece of Friday night's blockbuster...

Feds invest $500,000 in broadband rollout in Alberta

telecom | 06/20/2022 4:50 pm EDT

The federal government is putting nearly $500,000 into broadband infrastructure in West Bragg Creek,...

Tory MP takes second stab at bill mandating ISPs publicize service quality metrics

telecom | 06/17/2022 3:46 pm EDT

Conservative MP Dan Mazier introduced a private members bill to the House of Commons Thursday, to amend the Telecommunications Act to provide people with “access to...

Gov. tables three-headed private sector privacy reform bill

Media | 06/16/2022 5:45 pm EDT

Touting it as a "historic day" at an afternoon press conference, Innovation...

Telus Health buys LifeWorks in $2.3B deal, analysts upbeat

telecom | 06/16/2022 4:02 pm EDT

Telus Corp. announced Thursday it is purchasing digital health company...

CRTC fines Bell for delaying access to support structures

telecom | 06/15/2022 4:03 pm EDT

The CRTC has imposed an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) of $7.5...

Government introduces two-part cybersecurity bill

telecom | 06/14/2022 6:45 pm EDT

The government’s new cybersecurity bill, introduced on Tuesday, is taking a two-pronged approach. One component will concentrate on telecommunications while the other focuses on telecom, transport, energy and finance. The legislation is called An Act Respecting Cyber...

Senate committee rejects Gov. threshold for border cell phone search bill 

Media | 06/13/2022 5:56 pm EDT

The Senate's National Security and Defence Committee has pushed back...

Dufresne pledges to continue Therrien’s work as Privacy Commissioner

Media | 06/13/2022 3:54 pm EDT

Incoming Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne vowed to stay the course,...

CRTC issues notice on 2022-2023 estimated telemarketing regulatory costs

telecom | 06/13/2022 2:32 pm EDT

The CRTC is estimating that its telemarketing regulatory costs for the...

ILECs and CLECs spar over telecom fees amendments

telecom | 06/10/2022 4:33 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Cogeco Inc. are among competitors protesting proposed changes to the...

Philippe Dufresne appointed Privacy Commissioner

telecom | 06/09/2022 2:19 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Philippe Dufresne as Privacy Commissioner Wednesday. ...

CRTC denies Bell’s review and vary on toll-trunk tariff language

telecom | 06/09/2022 12:58 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied a request from BCE Inc. to stay a 2021 commission order...

CRTC looks at improving telecom services in Far North

Media | 06/08/2022 4:21 pm EDT

The CRTC announced it was initiating a proceeding to improve telecommunications services in Canada’s north.  The area covered includes the three territories, northern British Columbia and northern Alberta, it announced in a Wednesday press release.  The commission...

Building owner ordered to give Rogers access to Toronto facility

telecom | 06/08/2022 2:53 pm EDT

The CRTC gave Rogers Communications Inc. permission Wednesday to access a...

Rodriguez slams Tories for misinformation on Online Streaming Act

Media | 06/07/2022 3:45 pm EDT

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez attacked the opposition for...

ISED launches mmWave consultation

Media | 06/06/2022 5:21 pm EDT

The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development has launched its consultation on the...

Appeal court strikes Iristel application for judicial review on tax audit

telecom | 06/06/2022 5:16 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has sided with the attorney general of Canada...

OPC calls for higher threshold on border cell phone search bill

telecom | 06/06/2022 5:01 pm EDT

When it comes to the government's plan to lower the threshold governing the search of personal digital devices at Canadian border crossings, lawyers from the federal privacy watchdog are reiterating a call they made some three years ago.  The standard for the search of...

Rogers, Telus, want CRTC to deny TekSavvy TPIA tariff changes 

telecom | 06/03/2022 5:34 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. are asking the CRTC to deny a...

OPC needs budget doubled, Therrien says in swan song

telecom | 06/03/2022 5:19 pm EDT

If the government reintroduces its online privacy bill, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) will...

Tim Hortons app violated privacy laws: privacy watchdogs

Media | 06/01/2022 5:48 pm EDT

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons violated national privacy law because...

Videotron still actively pursuing Freedom Wireless, Péladeau says

telecom | 06/01/2022 4:06 pm EDT

OTTAWA–Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron service is still eager to buy Freedom...

Next CRTC chair must be bilingual: Rodriguez

Media | 05/31/2022 6:42 pm EDT

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has assured the House of Commons that the next chair of the CRTC will...

Rogers-Shaw deal on hold until Competition Tribunal proceeding

Media | 05/30/2022 5:20 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have reached an...

Stakeholder reaction to CRTC policy direction mixed

telecom | 05/27/2022 5:33 pm EDT

Amongst those independent internet service providers (ISPs) who had been pleading with the federal government to overturn the CRTC's 2021 reversal of a 2019 decision that drastically lowered the rates those ISPs paid for access to incumbent networks, reaction to Thursday's...

CRTC denies Bell application on Videotron roaming

telecom | 05/27/2022 3:52 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s Bell Mobility Inc. has lost an application before the CRTC about Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron...

Canada and Quebec invest $200K each in broadband rollout

telecom | 05/26/2022 5:27 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and of Quebec are each investing $199,305 in...

New legislation needed to cover growing privacy issues: Therrien

Media | 05/26/2022 4:07 pm EDT

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is calling for new legislation that...

Gov. issues new CRTC policy direction with guidance for wholesale regime

telecom | 05/26/2022 4:02 pm EDT

The federal government is seeking to issue a new policy direction to the...

ITPA wants national NG911 rate; incumbents tell CRTC not to use, or to limit, funding

telecom | 05/25/2022 6:27 pm EDT

The Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA) is suggesting to the CRTC that it establish a single low national next-generation 911 (NG911) rate for all...

On Rogers-Shaw, focus shifts to network sharing agreements

Media | 05/25/2022 6:12 pm EDT

As the Competition Bureau takes Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw...

Regional wireless carriers seek review of incumbents’ roaming rates

telecom | 05/24/2022 5:43 pm EDT

A consortium of regional wireless competitors have filed an application...

Network sharing deal with Telus strengthens Globalive bid for Freedom: analysts

telecom | 05/20/2022 4:28 pm EDT

The reported network sharing deal inked between Freedom Mobile-hopeful...

BREAKING: Feds ban Huawei from 5G networks

telecom | 05/19/2022 5:12 pm EDT

The federal government Thursday announced that it would be banning equipment from "high risk vendors",...

Telus backs Rogers paper billing cost complaint against Bell

telecom | 05/19/2022 4:11 pm EDT

After Rogers Communications Inc. complained to the CRTC that it had...

Heritage committee calls for rejection of Rogers-Shaw deal

Media | 05/18/2022 4:34 pm EDT

The House of Commons Heritage committee is arguing against the merger of...

Court dismisses Telus challenge to Quebecor set-aside acquisitions in 3,500 MHz auction

Media | 05/18/2022 3:27 pm EDT

A federal court judge has dismissed a challenge...

Site-blocking can be used for online harms legislation: Rogers

telecom | 05/17/2022 5:04 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. believes that the site-blocking remedy the company – along with BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc. – won through the federal courts in recent months can be used in the future application of the government's planned legislation aimed at combating online...

Comp. laws are too focused on price: Lawson Hunter

Media | 05/16/2022 7:21 pm EDT

Canada's competition laws have become too sensitive to price, particularly in mergers, and should instead...

Canadian LEOs challenge SpaceX’s offering, Gov. subsidy

telecom | 05/16/2022 7:04 pm EDT

Players in the low-earth orbit satellite (LEOs) space are casting doubt...

Rogers seeks review and vary of paper bills costs decision

telecom | 05/16/2022 5:37 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is asking the CRTC to review and vary a costs...

Tories demand action on 988, Liberals say outreach is ongoing

telecom | 05/13/2022 3:02 pm EDT

The Conservatives kept up their pressure on the government to implement a...

Péladeau says Quebecor will stick to facilities-based model long-term

telecom | 05/13/2022 2:46 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau said “there's no reason at this stage” that the company will change its business model from a facilities-based to an MVNO-based...

Email spam and lack of consent top list for biggest spam complaints: report

Media | 05/11/2022 6:02 pm EDT

Canadians are sending approximately 6,459 complaints per week to the Spam...

BREAKING: Freedom Mobile divestiture not good enough in Rogers-Shaw merger: Comp. Bureau

telecom | 05/10/2022 6:50 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has presented its case to the Competition Bureau that any divestiture of Shaw Communications Inc.'s wireless assets will not be an adequate remedy for...

Telus and IBG row in behind NPF-PIAC petition against Rogers-Shaw CRTC approval

Media | 05/10/2022 4:53 pm EDT

A joint petition to cabinet from the National Pensioners Federation and the...

CMPA enters fight for passage of Online Streaming Act

Media | 05/10/2022 3:13 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has entered the battle to pass Bill C-11, the Online...

ISED unveils spectrum licensing and fee updates

telecom | 05/09/2022 4:57 pm EDT

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) will replace radio licences with...

Telus sees strong quarterly results for subscribers, says smarter spectrum policies needed

telecom | 05/06/2022 5:16 pm EDT

According to Telus Corp. executive vice-president and chief operations officer, if there was smarter public policy on spectrum, the company could “actually deploy...

CRTC approves Telus NG911 Local Government Service Agreement

telecom | 05/05/2022 5:43 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved Telus Corp.’s revisions to next-generation 911...

CRTC issues accessibility reporting timetables

Media | 05/05/2022 4:57 pm EDT

Thursday the CRTC released the schedule for broadcasters and telecommunications companies to report under...

Rogers-Shaw merger benefiting wireless industry as a whole in 2022: Bell CEO

Media | 05/05/2022 4:35 pm EDT

When it comes to Canada's wireless market this year, there are a number of...

Integrity Commissioner refers TekSavvy’s Scott complaint to Ethics Commissioner 

Media | 05/05/2022 3:20 pm EDT

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday has declined to open his own investigation into the conduct of CRTC chair Ian Scott following a complaint by TekSavvy Solutions...

Liberal, Conservative MPs call for 988 service

telecom | 05/04/2022 4:10 pm EDT

The fight for a dedicated three-digit emergency number for suicide prevention continued to gather steam...

Bill S-7 would “weaponize the Customs Act”: Senator

telecom | 05/04/2022 4:06 pm EDT

A Government bill in the Senate that seeks to codify the legal threshold...

Therrien endorses Ethics report on data dive, makes further recommendations

telecom | 05/04/2022 3:58 pm EDT

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has welcomed the report on collection...

TekSavvy calls for TPIA tariff changes to stop delayed access to new offerings

telecom | 05/03/2022 5:13 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is asking the CRTC to speed up the regulatory...

Quebec union 911 committee request CRTC suspend NG911 funding consultation

telecom | 05/03/2022 5:05 pm EDT

The 911 committee for the Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique au...

Iristel petitions cabinet to overturn CRTC traffic simulation findings

telecom | 05/02/2022 4:47 pm EDT

Iristel Inc. filed a petition to the governor in council to vary a decision...

Privacy watchdogs call for legal framework governing facial recognition

telecom | 05/02/2022 4:24 pm EDT

Along with counterparts from the provinces, the federal privacy watchdog...

Telus hasn’t completely lived up to its broadcast license obligations: CRTC 

Media | 04/29/2022 4:19 pm EDT

The CRTC has admonished Telus Corp. for not entirely fulfilling its...

Senator calls for greater broadband access to First Nations

Media | 04/29/2022 3:29 pm EDT

A Saskatchewan senator called on the government to do more to ensure internet connectivity is extended to First Nations reserves. Senator Marty Klyne pointed out that current standards are for 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload.  “Those upload...

Toronto Police Service, RCMP disagree with moratorium on facial recognition technology

telecom | 04/28/2022 8:00 pm EDT

The Toronto Police Service’s chief information officer said the department is not planning to put a moratorium on its use of facial recognition technology despite calls by...

Hydro Ottawa reenters telecom market with Hiboo Networks

telecom | 04/28/2022 6:11 pm EDT

Hydro Ottawa is returning to the telecom market with the launch of Hiboo...

Telus wants CRTC to reclassify small ILECs for NG911 service, asks for suspension of funding consult

telecom | 04/28/2022 5:16 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is asking the CRTC to reclassify small incumbent local exchange carriers (SILECs)  as originating...

CanOps argues for broader standard adoption for NG911

telecom | 04/28/2022 5:07 pm EDT

As the CRTC is considering the funding structures for the planned rollout of so-called next generation...

Singh calls for halt of Rogers-Shaw merger, PIAC appeals to cabinet

Media | 04/27/2022 4:38 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called once again for the government to disallow the Rogers Communications Inc. takeover of Shaw Communications Inc., saying it is not in the public...

Doherty introduces private member’s bill on suicide helpline

telecom | 04/26/2022 4:47 pm EDT

Conservative MP Todd Doherty carried on the fight for implementation of a...

Bell, Amazon announce launch of mobile edge computing retail business 

telecom | 04/26/2022 1:14 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced the launch of its partnership with Amazon Inc. to deploy...

Doherty renews calls for 988 suicide helpline, Bennett say urban may be served first

telecom | 04/25/2022 3:46 pm EDT

Conservative MP Todd Doherty issued a news release on Monday marking the...

Government announces more internet connectivity projects funded in Ontario

telecom | 04/22/2022 5:14 pm EDT

Friday, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced which projects will...

Rogers boss won’t confirm Xplornet ‘rumours’

Media | 04/20/2022 4:59 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Tony Staffieri declined to comment on what...

Beanfield wants CRTC to expand scope in Toronto MDU proceeding

telecom | 04/19/2022 4:41 pm EDT

In replies to one of a number of disputes before the CRTC about access to...

Canada and Ontario governments pledge $56 million for broadband rollout

telecom | 04/19/2022 3:29 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and Ontario are jointly investing $56 million for six projects that will enhance internet connectivity in northern and southwestern parts of the...