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Telus asks CRTC to go easy on vBDUs for initial base contributions into broadcasting system

Internet and Governance | 12/08/2023 9:34 am EST

Gatineau, Que. – Telus Corp. asked the CRTC to go easy on virtual broadcasting distribution undertakings (vBDUs) during the commission’s hearings regarding contributions...

Job cuts reason enough for access to online platform contributions: CBC tells CRTC

Internet and Governance | 12/06/2023 9:18 am EST

Gatineau, Que. - CBC/Radio-Canada's decision to slash 600 jobs and leave 200 vacancies unfilled has ignited a heated discussion about the broadcaster's plea for access to base...

Indigenous content is distinct from CanCon: Indigenous Screen Office

Media | 11/23/2023 8:29 am EST

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), newly certified as an independent...

Producers say French streaming regulations could serve as an example for Canada

Media | 10/26/2023 6:33 pm EDT

As the CRTC works out how it is going to wrangle streaming platforms and...

Google monopoly trial kicks off, Canada public policy head steps down

Internet and Governance | 09/15/2023 4:48 pm EDT

Colin McKay, head of Canada public policy and government relations at...

Streamers hope to illustrate emerging consensus on exemption orders

Internet and Governance | 07/17/2023 4:48 pm EDT

In an ongoing tug-of-war at the CRTC, tech giants are arguing that a level of consensus has emerged surrounding the applicable revenue threshold for registration under the...

Social media platforms want total exclusion from new broadcasting regime

Internet and Governance | 06/16/2023 4:17 pm EDT

TikTok's logo on an iPhone.Social media companies are asking the CRTC to be added to the list of...

Change financial threshold for Online Streaming Act exemptions, CRTC told

Internet and Governance | 06/15/2023 6:05 pm EDT

The proposed financial threshold for exemption for online streaming...

Freedom Mobile sales hurt by merger uncertainty, dealer says

Media | 11/09/2022 10:52 am EST

Service and sales improved when Shaw Communications Inc. bought Wind Mobile...

Broadcasters want policy direction on C-11; streamers want their algorithms left alone

Media | 09/15/2022 7:51 pm EDT

Canadian broadcasting executives, from companies...

CRTC approves CISC working group report on location technology

telecom | 09/02/2022 5:06 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC approved a report from the CRTC Interconnection Steering...

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...

New G7 tax agreement not good enough: tax lobby group

Media | 06/08/2021 6:40 pm EDT

A Canadian tax lobby group is criticizing the global tax deal announced this weekend by G7 Finance...

ISED triples spectrum available for Wi-Fi

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:59 pm EDT

The federal government is making more spectrum available to increase competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. On Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, announced his department’s decision to open the 6 GHz band with the goal of increasing both affordability and choice in respect to wireless broadband for consumers.  “More spectrum available for Wi-Fi means Canadians will benefit from increased speed and connectivity for working from home, participating in online education and accessing...

Quebec judge approves Apple class action settlement

telecom | 05/18/2021 4:09 pm EDT

A Quebec judge has approved a settlement agreement in a class action between Apple Inc. and consumers who...

Supreme Court to hear making available right dispute

Media | 04/26/2021 5:55 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided it will hear an appeal from Music Canada and the Society of...

Canadian radio broadcasters ask CRTC for space to compete with streamers

Media | 03/30/2021 5:35 pm EDT

The CRTC needs to do away with restrictive regulations, argue multiple...

Telecoms split on ISED’s proposed approach to opening 6 GHz band

telecom | 03/02/2021 5:20 pm EST

The federal government’s proposal to open up the 6 GHz spectrum band for WiFi use has received broad support in an Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada consultation. Every...

Half of Canadians want CanCon regs for music streaming services: CRTC survey

Media | 02/23/2021 5:19 pm EST

A new survey suggests that just over half of Canadians believe that streaming services like Spotify AB and Apple Inc.'s music service should be required to pay into Canadian...

Broadcasting sector reacts to O’Toole victory

Media | 08/24/2020 6:19 pm EDT

The election of Erin O'Toole as federal opposition leader late Sunday night makes "the threat of CBC...

UPDATED: OPC now says it supports COVID-19 tracing app 

Media | 07/31/2020 8:52 am EDT

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cleared up uncertainty about...

Working from home binge: OTT viewing up during the pandemic

Media | 07/28/2020 6:08 pm EDT

A quarter of anglophone Canadian over-the-top (OTT) service subscribers...

Privacy commissioner hasn’t approved new gov’t contact tracing app

telecom | 06/18/2020 3:48 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that in developing the federal...

Federal Court of Appeal eliminates making available right for downloads

Media | 06/10/2020 1:49 pm EDT

The Copyright Board was wrong in extending the making available right to downloads in 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.  The court said the board, in making that decision, “went to...

Outdated privacy laws may hamper COVID-19 tracing: Therrien

telecom | 05/29/2020 7:00 pm EDT

The outdated state of Canadian privacy laws may harm efforts to launch a...

‘Public outreach’ needed for ‘progress’ on encryption backdoors: gov’t doc

telecom | 05/26/2020 11:42 am EDT

In order to make “progress” on the issue of access to encrypted...

OECD seeks unified tax regime for web giants

telecom | 10/10/2019 5:49 pm EDT

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will host a public consultation next month on its proposed “unified approach” to the taxation of the world’s biggest tech companies. A document released by the...

Leaders talk Netflix taxes, privacy in TVA election debate

Media | 10/02/2019 10:51 pm EDT

During the first French-language debate of the federal election campaign, party leaders promised to take on digital giants, even as they dodged answering how they would do so without angering U.S. president Donald Trump. Moderator Pierre Bruneau asked how the parties that...

CRTC commissioning report about market impact of online BDUs

Media | 08/09/2019 6:40 pm EDT

The CRTC wants to know more about the potential for the Canadian...

Freedom answers to ‘unlimited’, offers $0 phones on select plans

telecom | 07/25/2019 6:41 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom is responding to the wireless...

Telus to keep no-overage plans — and subsidies

telecom | 07/03/2019 6:57 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is making its once promotional “no overage” wireless data plan options a permanent...

OTT subs set to overtake traditional TV by 2020: report

Media | 04/23/2019 4:53 pm EDT

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...

Content exporters ask consulting panel for CMF envelope they can access, match

Media | 03/12/2019 7:07 pm EDT

A trade association for Canadian-based television and content distribution companies is seeking new federal incentives it says would lead to increasing up-front distributor...

Few internet giants weighed in to BTLR, submission list shows

telecom | 03/08/2019 4:13 pm EST

The panel in charge of reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts received...

Don’t exclude online services from Broadcasting Act: Private radio

Media | 02/04/2019 12:00 pm EST

Canada’s private radio broadcasters are fighting against a push to keep...

‘Milestone’ digital content meeting to take place next week: Heritage

Media | 02/01/2019 5:39 pm EST

The federal government is organizing a working meeting next week in Ottawa...

TekSavvy launches IPTV service

Media | 02/01/2019 5:11 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is now offering IPTV in Chatham, Ont., and the service will become available in...

Freedom says data strategy attracting higher-value customers

telecom | 01/14/2019 6:30 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. says its wireless business has reaped the fruits...

Cellular search-and-rescue system RCAF’s domestic priority

telecom | 12/07/2018 9:35 am EST

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is currently testing radio technology...

Verizon to offer Samsung 5G phones in U.S. next year

telecom | 12/03/2018 1:18 pm EST

U.S. telecom Verizon Communications Inc. plans to have device manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co.’s 5G-compatible smartphones in the U.S. market within the first half of next year, the two companies announced Monday. That...

Xplore Mobile to launch with data rollover plans

telecom | 11/05/2018 4:58 pm EST

Manitoba customers of Xplornet Communications Inc.’s upcoming mobile service will be allowed to...

Shaw feels the competitive heat on wireline

telecom | 10/25/2018 6:04 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. reported wireline results for the fourth quarter that analysts characterized as disappointing and the company said were the result of fierce competition from rival Telus Corp. “I think it’s clear in a competitive marketplace when you win a...

Bandwidth pressures a concern for indigenous ISPs

telecom | 10/11/2018 5:43 pm EDT

Internet service providers (ISPs) in rural and remote communities are trying to keep up with the appetite...

Telecom execs praise ‘healthier,’ ‘balanced’ regulatory environment

telecom | 09/26/2018 5:51 pm EDT

Representatives from BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. described a favourable relationship with regulators at a CIBC investors conference Wednesday, where they also addressed competition between...

Class action filed against Facebook over Android metadata collection

Media | 09/17/2018 12:35 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. is facing another class action suit in Ontario over how it...

New iPhones to use eSIMs

Media | 09/12/2018 4:27 pm EDT

Apple Inc.’s upcoming iPhones will have dual SIM capability, with a physical nano SIM and an  embedded SIM, or eSIM. The company announced Wednesday the features would...

Presidential banner caught emergency alert officials off-guard: emails

telecom | 09/06/2018 7:16 pm EDT

Public Safety officials working on Canada’s public alert systems were surprised when some devices in Canada received a presidential banner alert, something that they...

Facebook makes Watch video service available world-wide

Media | 08/30/2018 4:33 pm EDT

In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook Inc. announced the global launch of...

CBC appoints new OTT content director

Media | 08/24/2018 4:08 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada has appointed Gave Lindo to lead the public broadcaster’s over-the-top (OTT) content...

A quarter of English-speaking Canadians listen to podcasts

Media | 08/21/2018 4:35 pm EDT

The latest report from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitor (MTM) project outlined 24 per cent of anglophone Canadians said they have listened to a podcast in the last month. Interest in...

Smart speaker adoption rate at 8% in Canada: MTM

telecom | 07/13/2018 2:12 pm EDT

Eight per cent of Canadians own a smart speaker, which is about in line with adoption of other early...

Canadian broadcasters drawn by ‘ton of momentum’ in podcasting

Media | 07/06/2018 11:11 am EDT

In early May, the Liberal government faced questions in the House of...

Freedom expands WiFi calling availability

Media | 06/11/2018 3:34 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile said more phones with Apple Inc.’s iOS and Alphabet...

Bell to launch new on-demand services, content hub

Media | 06/07/2018 5:47 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will launch two new ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services, rebrand its entertainment...

Apple takes aim at targeted ads with browser privacy features

Media | 06/04/2018 5:07 pm EDT

During its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple Inc....

Hey Siri, 39% of Canadians are talking to their electronics: MTM

telecom | 04/19/2018 6:14 pm EDT

Virtual assistants are beginning to take hold in Canada, with almost 40 per cent of respondents saying they’ve used one in the past month, according to a survey by Media Technology Monitor (MTM), a CBC/Radio-Canada project. Breaking down the various brands’ offerings,...

Freedom on new, ‘sustainable’ trajectory after record sub adds: Shaw

telecom | 04/12/2018 4:46 pm EDT

On the heels of record wireless subscriber growth in its second quarter,...

NDP targets net neutrality, data and privacy rights in new motion

telecom | 03/28/2018 7:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Members of the federal NDP introduced a sweeping motion...

Apple buying magazine app partially owned by Rogers

Media | 03/13/2018 2:17 pm EDT

Apple Inc. is acquiring the magazine app Texture, the company announced Monday. Texture, which Rogers...

Import standards on IoT devices a good idea, cyber experts say

telecom | 03/05/2018 5:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — Experts praised the idea of stricter standards for imported...

Apple gives MPs few answers on iPhone slowdown

telecom | 03/02/2018 4:09 pm EST

OTTAWA — Representatives from Apple Inc. faced down members of the House committee on industry, science and technology on Thursday afternoon, telling MPs that while the company didn’t mean to mislead consumers about its slowing down of some older smartphones, it had...

Big Three leveraging wireless networks for digital ID business

telecom | 02/28/2018 3:52 pm EST

Canada’s major telecoms are among the leading players in the creation of...

Videotron launches free WiFi calling, texting for travellers

telecom | 02/26/2018 1:13 pm EST

Customers of Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron can now make free voice calls and ...

Worldwide smartphone sales dip in Q4: Gartner

telecom | 02/22/2018 2:13 pm EST

Global smartphones saw a year-over-year decline in sales for the first time in the fourth quarter due to...

Specialized fitness wearables to take chunk of global market by 2022

telecom | 02/12/2018 4:35 pm EST

Customers’ drive to track precise data will push specific kinds of...

Industry committee to go ahead with iPhone slowdown hearings

telecom | 02/07/2018 1:35 pm EST

The House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology has approved a motion to launch a study looking into the slowing down of Apple Inc.’s older mobile devices. NDP MP Brian Masse, who is the vice-chairman of the committee, asked it to look into a change to Apple’s mobile operating system that...

Bell’s Snackable TV officially on the menu

Media | 02/05/2018 5:58 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s Bell Media has officially launched a free, ad-supported mobile app featuring video content...

CRTC asks digital giants for info, promises confidentiality

Media | 02/05/2018 2:02 pm EST

As part of its government-ordered proceeding on future content distribution models, the CRTC is asking a number of companies — including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Netflix Inc. — for information...

Bell intros product for improved home internet

telecom | 01/24/2018 4:58 pm EST

In a release on Wednesday, BCE Inc. said it launched its residential mesh WiFi product. Dubbed Whole...

CSIS document flags less-effective encryption as issue for IoT

telecom | 01/16/2018 5:31 pm EST

Canada’s security agency is aware of the push for stronger encryption by privacy groups and industry, but some technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), might end up with less reliable forms of the security tool, a top secret government document found....

NDP calls on Apple to justify software slowdown to MPs

telecom | 01/12/2018 5:39 pm EST

The NDP says silicon valley giant Apple Inc. should speak to a...

Samsung to unlock FM chip in new smartphones

Media | 01/12/2018 3:47 pm EST

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will unlock FM chips in its newer smartphones, according to a press release...

With the iPhone, Freedom like a ‘new business’: Mehr

telecom | 01/11/2018 5:47 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc.’s wireless brand may see its strongest quarter...

Analysts expect Freedom subscriber boost in Q1

telecom | 01/08/2018 5:54 pm EST

After a rollicking December, analysts say Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile has potential to...

Text-with-911 incompatible with WiFi calling: CRTC

telecom | 01/05/2018 4:05 pm EST

In a step towards its goal of upgrading Canada’s 911 network by 2020, the CRTC published a decision on Friday which recommended that wireless service providers default all 911 calls to the cellular networks whenever possible. With the increase in Canadians using WiFi-enabled calling services offered by wireless providers, the Emergency Services Working Group of the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee explored the issue of connectivity with 911 operators. It found that, when using WiFi calling, there could be a number of circumstances where new features of 911 calling in Canada were...

SCC text message ruling clarifies privacy in digital communications

telecom | 12/08/2017 10:32 am EST

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada said Friday that a sender of a text...

CBC launches $5 a month premium OTT service

Media | 12/05/2017 4:20 pm EST

In a memo to its employees on Monday, CBC/Radio-Canada announced it has improved its over-the-top (OTT)...

Radio app iHeartRadio grows number of stations

Media | 12/04/2017 1:36 pm EST

A partnership between BCE Inc. and iHeartMedia Inc., iHeartRadio Canada announced Monday an update to its...

Amazon releases the Echo smart speaker line in Canada

telecom | 11/15/2017 3:46 pm EST

On Wednesday, Amazon.com Inc. made a move to introduce its intelligent personal assistant Alexa into this...

Telus revenue, profit up 4 per cent each

telecom | 11/09/2017 7:52 pm EST

Telus Corp. reported revenue of $3.36 billion, up four per cent from the same quarter last year, in its third-quarter results released Thursday, while net income also increased 4.2 per cent to $370 million over that time....

Cell phone only households predict modern behaviour: MTM

telecom | 11/03/2017 4:21 pm EDT

Cell phone only households, meaning those that use only mobile phones and no landline, are growing across Canada and are a good indication of a series of modern habits, said a report published...

iPhone X, component shortages lowering phone demand: report

telecom | 10/17/2017 8:39 pm EDT

A new report from Gartner Inc. is predicting the Nov. 2017 release of Apple Inc.’s iPhone X combined with component shortages will cause a dip in ability to meet smartphone demand in 2017 and push...

Amazon adds Alexa to music app

Media | 09/26/2017 1:22 pm EDT

Amazon.com Inc. is making its voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant Alexa available on its...

Bell warns about some Apple Watch 911 capabilities

Media | 09/25/2017 4:17 pm EDT

BCE Inc. issued a press release Friday to let customers with Apple Inc.’s new Apple Watch know that “their longitude and latitude location may not be supplied to 9-1-1 operators when the device is not paired with their iPhone via Bluetooth.” The watch is...

Quebec ready to tax Netflix: culture minister

Media | 09/22/2017 3:55 pm EDT

If the federal government isn’t willing to impose taxes on foreign over-the-top (OTT) services, Quebec is willing to do so itself, Le Devoir quoted Quebec culture minister Luc Fortin as saying Thursday. He said Quebec would...

MHz Choice launches in Canada

Media | 09/20/2017 2:58 pm EDT

Streaming service MHz Choice, which exclusively features international productions, is now available in...

Bell Apple Watch advantage unknown: experts

telecom | 09/15/2017 4:06 pm EDT

Wearable use in Canada and around the world is trending up, but the numbers for smartwatches are still...

Shaw poised for boost from new iPhones

telecom | 09/12/2017 5:17 pm EDT

Apple Inc.’s new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, announced Tuesday, are compatible with spectrum bands...

NFB awareness lagging behind Disney, CBC

Media | 09/05/2017 1:15 pm EDT

Canadians’ awareness of the National Film Board (NFB) as an organization that produces documentary or animated films falls behind Walt Disney Co. and its Pixar studios as well as CBC/Radio-Canada, and those who do know about the NFB want it to be easier to access its...

Making available right established for downloads, but no rates set

Media | 08/29/2017 6:26 pm EDT

The Copyright Board has ruled that the making available right under the...

Wearable sales to grow in 2017: Gartner

telecom | 08/24/2017 12:30 pm EDT

Worldwide sales of wearable devices are forecast to grow 16.7 per cent this year compared to 2016,...

Past quarter ‘as good as it gets’ for wireless: RBC analyst

telecom | 08/16/2017 11:49 am EDT

Following a quarter in which Canada’s telecoms all reported strong...

BlackBerry call encryption approved for U.S. government

telecom | 07/21/2017 4:12 pm EDT

Blackberry Ltd. will now be able to provide its mobile device...

32% of anglophones use music streaming services: MTM

Media | 07/20/2017 5:28 pm EDT

The popularity of music streaming platforms among anglophone Canadians has grown over the past year, with 32 per cent reporting using a music streaming service in the past month when surveyed in the spring of 2017. That’s...

G20 heads call for lawful access cooperation in anti-terror statement

telecom | 07/12/2017 5:19 pm EDT

A joint statement from G20 leaders stemming from their two-day meeting last...

Civil society groups take aim at Five Eyes on encryption

Media | 06/30/2017 3:51 pm EDT

More than six dozen civil society organizations and individuals have come out to reiterate support for stronger data encryption in a letter addressed to a quintet of the world’s intelligence...

TMN Go to offer downloads

Media | 06/29/2017 3:58 pm EDT

TMN Go, the TV-everywhere service from BCE Inc.’s media division, will begin allowing viewers to download content for offline viewing. The service will be available to...

Incumbents defend wireless prices after Bains criticism

telecom | 06/06/2017 7:59 pm EDT

TORONTO — Representatives from the big three were on the defense a day after the innovation minister publicly took issue with wireless prices, pointing to investments they’ve made in their networks and the quality of service that’s available to Canadians. “Nowhere...