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OneWeb partnering with Galaxy Broadband 

telecom | 09/16/2021 4:04 pm EDT

A London, England-based low-earth-orbit satellite communications company is partnering with Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc. to provide high-speed, low-latency communications services through Canada and the wider Arctic Region.  OneWeb announced Thursday, in a...

Appeal of CRTC reversal of wholesale rates to go ahead in federal court

telecom | 09/15/2021 9:46 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal will take up TekSavvy Solutions Inc.'s challenge to one of the most contentious CRTC decisions in recent memory: the regulator's May move to revert...

Lower your prices or else, Trudeau tells big telecom at debate

telecom | 09/09/2021 11:22 am EDT

GATINEAU, Que. -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving Canada’s...

Conservatives would reject mergers impacting competition: O’Toole

telecom | 09/07/2021 5:14 pm EDT

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said during a press conference on...

Broadband blues: the UBF and its discontents

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:50 pm EDT

With a federal election called for Sept. 20, parties have pledged to make Canadians’ lives better in a...

Telecoms say no need for additional accessibility requirements; advocates disagree

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:28 pm EDT

Canada’s telecommunications companies are recommending that the CRTC refrain from mandating additional accessible plans for Canadians with disabilities  and discounts to...

Telecom unions want govt. action on jobs outsourcing

telecom | 09/03/2021 4:33 pm EDT

Two telecommunication workers’ unions, Unifor and the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE), have partnered up to demand the federal government step in to minimize the outsourcing of Canadian jobs overseas in the telecom...

Telecoms support for 3-digit crisis line and transition to ten-digit dialling 

telecom | 09/02/2021 5:43 pm EDT

Canada’s big telecommunications companies are in favour of making access...

Rogers claims Yorkville MDU owner playing ignorant to stall CRTC proceeding

telecom | 08/31/2021 4:46 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is calling out a Toronto developer’s so-called...

Telus joins Bell’s call for rollback on Quebecor spectrum acquisition 

telecom | 08/30/2021 4:51 pm EDT

Telus Corp. has joined BCE Inc. in seeking to block Quebecor Inc. from...

Bell seeks to block Quebecor set-aside 3,500 MHz purchases 

telecom | 08/27/2021 2:26 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is going to court to stop Quebecor Inc. from purchasing valuable...

TekSavvy takes GoldTV site-blocking fight to Supreme Court

Media | 08/26/2021 6:11 pm EDT

After Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order survived an appeal from...

Bell misunderstands CRTC toll-trunk order: Telus

telecom | 08/26/2021 6:01 pm EDT

Three companies are disputing claims from BCE Inc. that it would be unduly harmed by the CRTC’s...

Iristel asks CRTC for incumbents’ MVNO template agreements

telecom | 08/24/2021 5:55 pm EDT

The CRTC has said it will consider a procedural request from Iristel Inc....

Tell us more about Rogers facilities in our building: MDU owner 

Media | 08/24/2021 5:28 pm EDT

In its response to a Rogers Communications Inc. request to the CRTC asking that it force a Toronto high-rise owner to give the company access to the building to perform...

Redline Communications hires new CEO as it eyes LTE and 5G growth

telecom | 08/19/2021 12:54 pm EDT

Redline Communications Group Inc., a Markham-Ont.-based manufacturer of...

CRTC orders some incumbent disclosure to CNOC in disaggregated regime consultation 

Media | 08/13/2021 11:13 am EDT

In a dispute between a trade organization representing wholesale-based...

Feds spending $1.44B on Telesat’s advanced low earth orbit satellites

telecom | 08/12/2021 4:51 pm EDT

The federal government is planning to pour $1.44 billion into Telesat...

Federal Court orders content pirates to pay millions to Bell, Rogers, Videotron

Media | 08/11/2021 5:14 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge ordered three pirate TV services to pay more than $29...

TekSavvy’s wholesale appeal uses failed incumbent arguments from 2019: Bell

telecom | 08/09/2021 5:41 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc.'s arguments in its June challenge to the CRTC's final decision on wholesale internet access rates -- that the CRTC breached its duty of procedural...

Quebecor calls for swift news media compensation legislation

Media | 08/05/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s president and CEO is renewing calls for the federal...

No reason to deny TSPs access to secure telephony identity certificates: CRTC

telecom | 08/05/2021 2:10 pm EDT

The CRTC has determined that, unless a telecommunications service provider...

CRTC announces 10 projects, $20.5M, in Broadband Fund

telecom | 08/04/2021 5:39 pm EDT

Approximately 3,625 households will benefit from the CRTC’s Broadband Fund, after a Wednesday announcement of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $20.5 million....

Court of appeal dismisses Quebecor challenge in TVA Sports fight with Bell

telecom | 07/30/2021 10:49 am EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by Quebecor Inc. to...

BREAKING: 3500 MHz auction nets $8.9B, $7.3B from incumbents

telecom | 07/29/2021 6:04 pm EDT

Canadian telecom companies -- and wireless service hopefuls -- have spent...

Companies must negotiate with Bell for MDU fibre IBW access or install their own, CRTC decides

telecom | 07/27/2021 7:24 pm EDT

Companies using BCE’s Inc.’s fibre in-building...

Comp. Bureau asks court for info from Bell, Telus, Quebecor, Xplornet in its review of Rogers-Shaw deal

telecom | 07/26/2021 6:22 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is asking the Federal Court for an order compelling the release of information from BCE Inc., Xplornet Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., and Telus...

Bell asks CRTC to reverse decision to deploy new toll trunks to all LECs

telecom | 07/26/2021 6:10 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is requesting that the CRTC allow it to deploy its new toll trunks...

Bell says permanent approval of call blocking ‘is overwhelmingly in the public interest’

telecom | 07/23/2021 6:46 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is urging the CRTC to give it permanent...

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses BDUs’ appeal of distant signal tariffs

telecom | 07/23/2021 6:34 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled Friday partially in favour of a group...

SkyChoice kicked out of CCTS

telecom | 07/22/2021 5:14 pm EDT

Faced with what it said are multiple different instances of non-cooperation from a small Ontario-based internet service provider (ISP), the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) has "terminated participation" of SkyChoice Communications Inc. with the telecom complaints ombudsman, according to a Thursday release. The CCTS investigated a customer complaint before issuing a binding recommendation to the ISP that it provide a refund to the customer, which SkyChoice failed to do, the release said. In four complaints, the CCTS said in the release, SkyChoice refused to cooperate or provide requested information to the ombudsman.  “Our goal is to ensure that all participating service providers play by the rules, so that customer problems are promptly and fairly addressed,” assistant commissioner for legal,...

Rogers claims Saint John developer ignoring CRTC proceeding

telecom | 07/21/2021 6:11 pm EDT

In its ongoing effort to gain access to multiple apartment buildings in...

Bell expands Canadian 5G network; now offering 5G roaming in the United States

telecom | 07/21/2021 6:04 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has expanded its 5G network in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec and...

High spectrum costs could be driven by competition for set aside: analyst

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:32 pm EDT

Industry analysts are declining to speculate too much on what caused the...

Low cost mobile plans fall short of the mark: PIAC 

telecom | 07/15/2021 6:08 pm EDT

The new low-cost mobile wireless plans released yesterday by BCE Inc., Telus Corp., and Rogers Communications Inc. are not good enough, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.  PIAC's Thursday letter argues that the...

CNOC petitions gov on wholesale rates

telecom | 07/15/2021 5:42 pm EDT

Fed up with the CRTC's May decision to overturn its 2019 decision on wholesale internet access rates, the...

Bell wary of New Brunswick’s proposed NG911 system

telecom | 07/14/2021 6:34 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has filed an intervention with the CRTC saying New Brunswick’s plan for how it would like to adapt its next-generation 911 (NG911) services may not be the best approach.  According to Bell’s intervention, the...

TekSavvy wants regulatory framework before Bell permanently implements AI call blocking

telecom | 07/14/2021 6:23 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is recommending that the...

Q2 telecom earnings could be sign of recovery: Analysis

telecom | 07/13/2021 6:46 pm EDT

The telecom sector is on track to rebound following a bleak 2019 and 2020, according to an analysis of the industry halfway through the 2021 financial year.  “Halfway through the year, we see...

Local RCMP raises security concerns over New Brunswick NG911 clarification application with the CRTC

telecom | 07/13/2021 6:42 pm EDT

The New Brunswick RCMP is raising concerns to the CRTC that the province’s proposal for how it would like to adapt its next-generation 911 (NG911) services could put RCMP security at risk, in an intervention published Tuesday. The concerns are in response to a Part 1 application requesting clarification on whether or not independent local exchange carriers (ILECs) delivering NG911 services in New Brunswick may connect those networks to demarcation points determined by relevant 911 Governing...

PIAC disappointed with CRTC SIM swap disclosure

telecom | 07/09/2021 4:59 pm EDT

Six months after it received a request to release the data it collects on a fraud process known as "SIM swapping," the CRTC yesterday sent a letter to parties involved in a proceeding on the matter saying that instances of the...

Bell, Rogers, and Quebecor seek first-ever ‘dynamic’ site-blocking order

Media | 07/08/2021 6:22 pm EDT

Nearly six weeks after a Federal Court of Appeal upheld Canada's first-ever...

Bell, Rogers announce rural connectivity investments 

telecom | 07/07/2021 4:48 pm EDT

Work to upgrade the wireless networks of communities in British Columbia and homes and businesses in rural Ontario is coming along according to two of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies....

CRTC releases accessibility reporting regulations

telecom | 07/07/2021 4:44 pm EDT

The CRTC today released its regulations for accessibility reporting requirements, which will govern the obligations of telecom companies when it comes to their compliance under the Accessible Canada Act.  The regulations flow...

PIAC says no to permanent roaming test, Telus wants new definition

telecom | 07/05/2021 5:37 pm EDT

Telus Corp. wants the CRTC to set an industry-wide definition of “permanent roaming,” especially after its decision to allow MVNO services to be available to some...

Rogers wants immediate MDU access in NB while Bell pushes for incremental enforcement

telecom | 07/05/2021 5:18 pm EDT

In a dispute over access to an apartment building...

Bell offering 5G service in Atlantic Canada

telecom | 06/29/2021 4:35 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is expanding its 5G network into Atlantic Canada, with service launching in Nova Scotia and...

Hockey broadcasters seek injunction against pirate streamers

Media | 06/17/2021 6:11 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc. are asking a...

New Brunswick seeks clarification from CRTC regarding NG911 PSAPs

telecom | 06/16/2021 4:50 pm EDT

New Brunswick is looking for answers as to whether or not independent local exchange carriers (ILECs) delivering next-generation 911  (NG911) services may connect those networks to demarcation points...

CRTC upping Independent Local News Fund limit

Media | 06/15/2021 6:40 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved an application from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to increase the amount of proceeds from the “Independent Local News Fund” (ILNF) that can be given to any one station or group operated...

Cogeco getting millions more in high-speed funding

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:53 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is getting more than $40 million in funding for high-speed internet projects in Quebec. ...

CRTC orders Bell subsidiary to upgrade routers in Quebec

Media | 06/01/2021 5:52 pm EDT

BCE Inc. subsidiary Cablevision du Nord has to finish upgrading its routers in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue of Quebec -- at its own expense -- by Sept. 1 to accommodate a higher capacity of users, as per a Tuesday decision from the CRTC.  The order is the result of a...

Bell restores network investment pledge; TekSavvy petitions gov on wholesale rates

telecom | 05/31/2021 6:11 pm EDT

In what the company says is a direct response to the CRTC's reversal on...

Rogers renews request to CRTC for building access in N.B.

Media | 05/31/2021 2:40 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is repeating its request that the CRTC help it...

UPDATED: CRTC reverts wholesale access rates to interim 2016 levels

telecom | 05/27/2021 4:00 pm EDT

The CRTC Thursday announced that it is setting permanent rates for...

GoldTV blocking order survives TekSavvy appeal

Media | 05/26/2021 6:41 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order to stand,...

ISED approves Freedom spectrum licence subordination in British Columbia

telecom | 05/21/2021 4:42 pm EDT

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has approved the subordination of two spectrum licences held by Freedom Mobile.  In its decision released Thursday, ISED said it reviewed an application from Freedom, a subsidiary of Shaw Communications Inc., and mining company Teck Resources Limited to subdivide two spectrum licences held by freedom in British Columbia and to subordinate one subdivided licence in each band to Teck. The first licence is in the...

CRTC chair asserts personal preference for facilities-based competition

telecom | 05/20/2021 5:59 pm EDT

CRTC chair Ian Scott said he believes the commission’s pick of a...

Interventions filed in favour of Bell penalty for delays to support structure access

telecom | 05/19/2021 6:04 pm EDT

BCE Inc. rival Rogers Communications Inc. and a number of other groups are...

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...

CRTC rejects Xplornet request to make non-payer disconnection easier under Internet Code

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:21 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from Xplornet Communications Inc. to repeal certain language from the regulator's Internet Code that raised the barrier for cutting off...

Telus appeals seamless roaming in CRTC’s wireless review decision

telecom | 05/14/2021 6:54 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is seeking permission to appeal two provisions of the CRTC's April decision flowing from the commission's wireless review.  While Telus is not seeking to appeal the central decision of...

Quebec Appeal Court upholds decision finding Quebec site blocking law unconstitutional 

telecom | 05/14/2021 5:10 pm EDT

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the province’s attorney general over its desire to have telecoms block access to illegal gambling sites.  In July...

CRTC awards Bell’s deferral funds to accessibility orgs

Media | 05/13/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Six organizations for people with disabilities are receiving a total of $61,562 from BCE Inc.’s deferral account, after the CRTC approved a proposal from the company to fund public interest and...

Rogers seeks Saint John MDU access in CRTC complaint

telecom | 05/10/2021 6:41 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.  filed a Part 1 application with the CRTC asking the regulator to help it get access to a number of apartment complexes in Saint John, N.B., in another dispute involving a multi-dwelling unit (MDU). ...

CRTC’s MVNO decision reflects ‘right mentality’ on facilities-based competition and rates: Telus CEO

telecom | 05/07/2021 5:36 pm EDT

Echoing his counterparts at BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp. CEO Darren Entwistle Friday morning said that April’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)...

Telecoms emphasize concerns, support for CRTC’s botnet blocking proposal

telecom | 05/06/2021 7:19 pm EDT

Canada’s big-three telecoms are doubling down on their assertions that...

Bell suing Videotron over permanent roaming claims

telecom | 05/05/2021 6:37 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is suing Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron, escalating their battle over wireless customers allegedly...

Asian Television Network wants authorization for Indian news channel

Media | 05/05/2021 5:28 pm EDT

The Asian Television Network International Limited is asking the CRTC to authorize the “Mirror Now” channel for distribution as programming.  The network, which says on its website that it...

CRTC grants Fibernetics access to Bell facilities

telecom | 05/04/2021 5:45 pm EDT

The CRTC is directing BCE Inc. to allow Ontario-based home phone and internet provider Fibernetics Corp....

MVNO decision consistent with traditional facilities-based policy: Bell’s Bibic

telecom | 04/29/2021 5:41 pm EDT

BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic told shareholders Thursday that it is "too soon" to properly assess the impact of the CRTC's decision to mandate access to incumbent networks like...

CRTC directs public disclosure of some Bell call blocking info

telecom | 04/28/2021 6:05 pm EDT

The CRTC directed BCE Inc. to put on the public record responses to a...

BH Telecom objects to SaskTel’s request for stay in funding

telecom | 04/27/2021 3:33 pm EDT

BH Telecom Corp. claims that it is local residents who will lose if Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. gets the stay it wants on millions in funding awarded to the company to connect more...

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...

Bell wants more notice for payments into NCF

telecom | 04/22/2021 6:02 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is objecting to proposed changes to the procedures for the operation of the National Contribution Fund, saying that a proposed system for payment forecasts does not allow contributors to the fund to plan properly. In...

PIAC, FRPC demand strengthened CRTC participation fund

Media | 04/21/2021 6:19 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Forum for Research and...

Incumbents “should be comforted”, Rogers could move first on mandated access: analysts

telecom | 04/16/2021 5:11 pm EDT

Industry analysts are calling Thursday's decision to mandate access to incumbent wireless networks for a limited number of regional wireless competitors a "moderate net...

Feds considering site-blocking proposal

Media | 04/14/2021 6:20 pm EDT

The federal government has launched a consultation document to solicit feedback on whether or not it...

Large telecoms not in favour of sharing data for NG911

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:22 pm EDT

Several large telecom companies have argued that the CRTC shouldn’t compel them to provide a list of the wireless service numbers with billing addresses in areas covered by small incumbent local exchanges (SILECs) to the Independent Telecommunications Providers Association...

CRTC rejects incumbent request to expand Internet Code

telecom | 04/08/2021 5:05 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from a number of large facilities-based...

Efficiencies defense is a ‘serious’ exercise of discretion: competition comish

telecom | 04/07/2021 7:28 pm EDT

Allowing a merger to proceed on the basis of the...

Accessibility reporting should apply to resellers: Bell, Shaw

Media | 04/06/2021 5:57 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are taking issue with TekSavvy...

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...

While Rogers and Shaw are merging, we’ll be building: Bell CEO

telecom | 03/30/2021 5:24 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. doesn't change anything for one of their biggest competitors, according to BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic.  Speaking Tuesday morning at this year's edition of the Scotiabank Telecom, Media & Technology Conference, Bibic told investors that the merger of two of Canada's largest telecom companies "doesn't change our strategy at all." "If you take western Canada, you're essentially replacing one owner with a...

Rogers, Shaw execs mum on spectrum at Industry committee  

telecom | 03/29/2021 7:40 pm EDT

On the opening day Monday of hearings into Roger's proposed acquisition of...

GoldTV site-blocking order runs “roughshod” over parliament’s authority: TekSavvy

Media | 03/25/2021 7:57 pm EDT

Is a Nov. 2019 court order mandating a number of...

Bell not sweating over Rogers-Shaw deal: CFO

telecom | 03/24/2021 5:41 pm EDT

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the potential impacts of Rogers Communications Inc. acquiring Shaw...

Smaller broadcasters, telecoms fret over CRTC’s accessibility reporting proposals

Media | 03/23/2021 6:19 pm EDT

Organizations representing smaller Canadian broadcasters and telecoms have...

ShavaTV piracy pair found in contempt of Ontario court

Media | 03/23/2021 5:57 pm EDT

Two people who had been allegedly selling subscriptions to pirated content...

Federal court dismisses telecom carriers attempt to get SOCAN royalties back

Media | 03/22/2021 7:03 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc.’s collective bid to get back millions in royalties they say they paid to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

Media | 03/22/2021 6:07 pm EDT

As the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the...

Regulatory approval of Rogers-Shaw deal will hinge on wireless: Execs, analysts

Media | 03/15/2021 8:30 am EDT

From the perspective of Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Joe Natale,...

C-10 regulations ‘Kafkaesque’: Quebecor’s PKP

Media | 03/12/2021 5:42 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau told MPs at a Friday meeting of the House of Commons Heritage committee that the government initiative to overhaul the Broadcasting Act, known as Bill C-10, should focus more on deregulating existing traditional Canadian media.  "For traditional broadcasters -- those that showcase our Quebec and francophone culture and the resulting economic benefits -- the bill imposes new regulatory restrictions that will not redress the unfair conditions they have been coping with for years," Péladeau said according to a simultaneous translation, "and will only pull them even deeper into the financial abyss and a Kafkaesque universe of financial regulation." Under the government's proposed legislation, foreign streaming platforms like Netflix, Inc. would...