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CRTC plans to monitor technical surveys for small BDUs,  dismisses CCSA ​​undue preference complaint against Bell

Media | 10/15/2021 5:42 pm EDT

The CRTC will be keeping an eye on technical surveys -- which broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) are sometimes required to complete to satisfy rights holders that...

Proposed fees for earth stations would hinder remote connectivity: Telecom stakeholders

telecom | 10/14/2021 6:25 pm EDT

Rural broadband provider Xplornet Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are opposing a proposal to implement licence fees for fixed earth stations, to which there are currently no...

Court grants CIPPIC, Beanfield intervenor status in dynamic site-blocking case

Media | 10/14/2021 5:39 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge has granted intervenor status to the...

Court order blocking Quebecor 3500 MHz acquisition would harm competition: ISED

Media | 10/06/2021 6:33 pm EDT

The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) has...

Telecoms companies debating immediate vs. phased-in deployment of crisis line

telecom | 10/05/2021 7:09 pm EDT

Canada’s telecom companies are debating before the CRTC whether it is...

Man fined $40,000 for selling set-top boxes

Media | 09/30/2021 4:49 pm EDT

A federal court judge has fined a pre-loaded set top box seller $40,000 for being in contempt of an...

Shaw-Rogers deal would decrease competition, even with Freedom divestiture to Quebecor: analyst 

telecom | 09/28/2021 6:19 pm EDT

Even if the Competition Bureau forces Shaw Communications Inc. to spin off its wireless Freedom Mobile brand as part of the bureau's approval of the deal with Rogers...

CRTC wants more info from Bell on certain retroactive wholesale payments

telecom | 09/27/2021 5:30 pm EDT

The CRTC wants BCE Inc. to clarify why the company wants to make payments...

Class members defined in suit against Bell over prison phone contract

telecom | 09/24/2021 4:20 pm EDT

A would-be class-action lawsuit filed against BCE Inc. and the province of...

New ‘dynamic’ site-blocking needs new safeguards: CIPPIC 

Media | 09/22/2021 5:56 pm EDT

The site-blocking order that will block a rolling list of pirate streaming...

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...

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...

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 myriad of ways, including by connecting rural and remote communities to quality internet. The government has had a vision for increased connectivity for years, even...

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...

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 acquiring blocks of crucial spectrum needed for the deployment of 5G in British Columbia, Alberta, and...

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...

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 million in damages to major broadcasters which claimed the sellers were cutting into their business...

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...

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. “As many Canadians have adopted new ways to work, learn and live, the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed that poor Internet...

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...

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...

CRTC seeks more info on how companies comply with Internet Code for people with disabilities

telecom | 07/22/2021 5:25 pm EDT

The CRTC is seeking further information from internet service providers as it tries to determine if they are in compliance with the Internet Code, specifically when it comes...

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...

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 carriers' three plans launched this week -- offered through their respective flanker brands including Virgin, Koodo, and Fido -- are in contravention of the regulator’s directions in its April wireless review decision, in which the commission rejected telecom companies' requests to launch such plans on their flanker brands rather than launching them under their...

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...

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 from 2019’s passage of the act, which aims to broadly eliminate barriers to participation in society for Canadians with disabilities, including within the federal government and all industries overseen at the federal level. As part of the new regulations -- first previewed in a February draft notice of consultation -- telecom companies will be required to...

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...

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 Federal Court for a permanent injunction against a set of unknown users of IP addresses that the companies say are being used to facilitate the illegal streaming of NHL hockey games.  In a statement of...

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...

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, dismissing an appeal of the order from TekSavvy Solutions Inc. In a Wednesday decision, Justice George Locke, writing on behalf of the three-judge panel, said that he was not...

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,...

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 customers that haven't paid.  In a Wednesday decision, the commission wrote that it was not swayed by arguments put forward by Xplornet -- and supported in interventions by BCE Inc. and Bragg Communications Inc.'s Eastlink -- that the CRTC's move to adopt a standard that would only allow disconnections on accounts that were...

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). ...

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. access to its facilities after the company claimed Bell disagreed.  According to a decision released by the CRTC Tuesday, Bell will have to allow Fibernetics to use...

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 an intervention filed April 19, Bell wrote that the proposal by the Canadian Telecommunications Contribution Consortium Inc. (CTCC), which is responsible for establishing the procedures necessary for the operation of the NCF, "does not provide sufficient time for each contributor to determine and arrange for the amount payable as part of their obligations." The CTCC...

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...

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 major broadcasters in response to the CRTC’s review on its commercial radio policy framework. ...