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Primus expanding in Quebec

telecom | 10/07/2021 5:32 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd.'s Primus Communications is expanding its offering in Quebec, and is now covering an additional 71 per cent of the region, according to a Thursday release.  Primus, which was acquired by Distributel back in January, said in the release that the  "enhancements will make it easier for consumers to take advantage of Primus' competitive product offerings in more places throughout Canada, while enjoying the benefits of world-class high-speed connectivity."  "We always aim to do what's right...

Disaggregated wholesale regime not ‘doom and gloom’: CNOC chair

telecom | 09/29/2021 5:33 pm EDT

With a shift to a disaggregated access model anticipated by the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC), Distributel Communications Ltd. CEO and CNOC chair Matt Stein,...

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...

Distributel waives long-distance calling charges to Haiti, Afghanistan

telecom | 08/20/2021 4:49 pm EDT

On the heels of Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron announcement Wednesday, Distributel Communications Ltd. said Friday that -- along with its recently acquired Primus subsidiary -- it would be suspending...

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...

ISED rejects request to delay 3500 MHz auction following MVNO decision

telecom | 04/29/2021 6:31 pm EDT

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has rejected a call by the...

UPDATED – CRTC rejects broad MVNO model, will mandate limited access for regional players

telecom | 04/15/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Incumbent telecom companies will be required to sell access to their mobile networks to some regional service providers, but only those that have some level of spectrum and...

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...

Without an MVNO mandate, Shaw must divest its spectrum: CNOC

telecom | 04/06/2021 6:07 pm EDT

Without a regime for mandated access for mobile virtual network operators...

New urgency for MVNO hopefuls following Rogers-Shaw deal

telecom | 03/18/2021 12:09 pm EDT

Monday’s announcement of a deal for Rogers Communications Inc. to acquire...

Distributel’s Primus acquisition ‘just fits,’ CEO says

telecom | 01/19/2021 5:52 pm EST

Distributel Communications Ltd. has acquired telecom service provider Primus from Fusion Connect Inc. in what Distributel CEO Matt Stein said Tuesday was a “major acquisition” for the company. ...

Bell tells court cabinet decision on wholesale ‘vindicates’ its concerns

telecom | 08/20/2020 5:52 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and a coalition of cable companies have submitted letters to the...

Bell bringing cabinet’s wholesale appeal response to Federal Court

telecom | 08/17/2020 7:56 pm EDT

Lawyers representing BCE Inc. have asked a Federal Court of Appeal judge to...

CIRA, CIPPIC, BCCLA intervene in site-blocking case

telecom | 08/04/2020 5:07 pm EDT

In a much-watched appeal of Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order, three separate opponents of the order have filed two interventions asking the Federal Court of Appeal to strike down the order.  In the first of the...

Telecoms end overage fees suspension

telecom | 07/02/2020 4:52 pm EDT

Major Canadian telecoms have ended one of their major relief measures for Canadians who suddenly shifted...

Wholesale rates stay ‘forces’ Distributel to apply temporary surcharge

telecom | 06/03/2020 3:18 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. will charge a “very small” number of customers a $5 temporary surcharge on each internet bill, due to a legal challenge against last year’s wholesale rates decrease, the company has announced.  In a letter to affected customers dated June 2, Distributel said the Federal Court of Appeal’s granting of a stay until the appeal had been held meant it was “currently paying the rates that the CRTC found were too high” and had forced it to add the...

SaskTel to resume charging overage fees on June 9

telecom | 05/29/2020 2:13 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will become the second Canadian telecom to resume charging overage fees to home internet customers who go over their data caps, with the company announcing it will end the COVID-19...

Wholesale rate appeal to go ahead in June via video conference

telecom | 05/25/2020 6:05 pm EDT

A Federal Court of Appeal judge has rejected the argument made by the incumbent telecom companies last week that their appeal of the CRTC's wholesale broadband rates decision is too complicated to be...

Cogeco to bring back overage fees as of May 1

telecom | 04/30/2020 2:10 pm EDT

Cogeco  Inc. will again start charging overage fees to its home internet customers who exceed their data limits as of Friday, with the company instead focusing on other measures it considers to “be more essential” to its...

Networks coping, but future traffic impossible to predict

Media | 03/25/2020 5:48 pm EDT

Experts say Canada’s telecommunications networks are currently handling a...

Investment cut threats over MVNOs not ‘just theater’: Telus

telecom | 02/20/2020 6:30 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Toward the tail end of nearly three hours of testimony from Telus Corp.’s leadership team at the CRTC, CEO Darren Entwistle levelled Thursday what is perhaps one of the biggest threats thus far in the fight over mandated MVNO access to incumbent...

CIPPIC, CIRA to challenge court authority in site-blocking case

telecom | 02/07/2020 3:54 pm EST

Both the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and the Canadian...

Bell says CRTC used bad costing process in wholesale rate decision

telecom | 01/03/2020 5:28 pm EST

In yet another appeal of the CRTC’s decision lowering wholesale internet rates, BCE Inc. filed a fresh review-and-vary application to the regulator the week before Christmas, arguing that that the...

CNOC’s Stein pitches municipal-ISP cooperation to roll out rural broadband

telecom | 11/15/2019 3:34 pm EST

NORTH BAY, Ont. — President of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium...

Large telecoms say small ISPs should be subject to Internet Code too

telecom | 11/08/2019 5:20 pm EST

A few months ahead of the introduction of the CRTC’s Internet Code, scheduled for Jan. 31,, a grouping of the largest telecom companies in the country are asking the regulator to make the code apply...

Wholesale-based ISPs at a ‘critical’ crossroads: CNOC’s Stein

telecom | 11/05/2019 3:22 pm EST

TORONTO — Smaller, wholesale-based internet service providers may be...

Telecoms say CRTC wholesale decision violates Harper-era directive

telecom | 09/17/2019 5:13 pm EDT

In their Friday appeal of the CRTC decision on wholesale internet rates, the affected cable companies are asking the Federal Court of Appeal to defer to a 2006 Harper-era directive that advised the...

New aggregated wholesale rates ‘fair,’ ‘reasonable’: smaller ISPs

telecom | 08/15/2019 6:16 pm EDT

Wholesale-based ISPs are praising a decision by the CRTC to lower the rates...

Some consumers uncertain about wholesale competitor quality: Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/07/2019 11:00 am EDT

Despite being “impressed” by the competitive presence of...

Telus appealing CRTC speed cap relief

telecom | 04/18/2019 5:00 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is going to court over the CRTC’s decision last month to grant smaller internet providers a pause on a rule that caps the internet speeds they can provide their customers if they don’t switch to a new regime they argue is impractical. Last month, the CRTC...

Small telecoms call for more forceful language in policy direction

telecom | 04/16/2019 6:19 pm EDT

The CRTC’s new, consumer-focused policy direction doesn’t go far...

CRTC lifts 100 Mbps wholesale internet speed cap – for now

telecom | 03/21/2019 5:39 pm EDT

The CRTC has quietly informed wholesale-based internet service providers...

‘Competition’ definition key to impact of new CRTC directive: experts

telecom | 02/27/2019 6:08 pm EST

The new policy direction for the CRTC announced by the federal government...

Lack of clear CRTC industry data is an obstacle: small ISPs

telecom | 02/13/2019 8:47 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has filed a complaint with the CRTC flagging a concern that the regulator’s latest data report doesn’t provide a clear picture of the industry, which could make it more...

ISPs can resell wholesale service to other providers: CRTC

telecom | 12/11/2018 5:59 pm EST

The CRTC has sided with a small telecom that was reselling wholesale internet service from Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink to other internet service providers, despite Eastlink’s objections. “In the Commission’s view, a competitive provider reselling...

Distributel goes with MobiTV for IPTV

telecom | 11/06/2018 10:42 am EST

Distributel Communications Ltd. is partnering with MobiTV Inc. to deliver its IPTV service, it said...

Matt Stein named CNOC president

telecom | 06/19/2018 1:38 pm EDT

The Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) has named its spokesman and vice-chair Matt Stein the new president and chairman of the organization, CNOC said in a press release Monday. Stein, who is also the CEO of...

Bains says spectrum auction dates to give industry predictability

telecom | 06/06/2018 6:51 pm EDT

TORONTO — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced Wednesday the...

Frontier-Eastlink tariff tiff could affect other ISPs, CNOC warns

telecom | 04/30/2018 5:13 pm EDT

A dispute between two internet service providers (ISPs) over the...

TNW pushing ahead with Part 1 despite WiFi MVNO decision

telecom | 03/28/2018 1:19 pm EDT

TNW Wireless Inc. is still hopeful the CRTC will rule in its favour in a...

Distributel teams up with Eeyou network on northern Quebec service

telecom | 01/17/2018 4:01 pm EST

A Cree-owned non-profit will partner with Distributel Communications Ltd....

Disaggregated regime to spark new wholesale models, agreements: CNOC

telecom | 11/07/2017 6:12 pm EST

TORONTO — The CRTC’s new disaggregated wholesale regime will bring with...

Distributel’s TNW buy part of wider expansion plans: CEO

telecom | 10/11/2017 6:19 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. is acquiring “selected assets” of a...

Small providers, incumbents clash over WiFi-based MVNOs

telecom | 09/12/2017 5:54 pm EDT

Mandating wholesale roaming access to Wi-Fi-based mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) will encourage innovation and competition by providing Canadians with more wireless service options, some organizations and small providers told the CRTC, while incumbents argued such a mandate would actually...

High interim tariffs, logistics still mire disaggregated system

telecom | 08/31/2017 5:13 pm EDT

The CRTC's goal of fuelling wireline competition by jumpstarting the...

Small ISPs welcome rollout of disaggregated wholesale regime

telecom | 08/29/2017 6:17 pm EDT

The CRTC kickstarted the industry’s move to a disaggregated wholesale...

FCC’s net neutrality changes could affect Canada, some experts say

telecom | 07/12/2017 4:37 pm EDT

On Wednesday, major internet and tech companies teamed up to rally against...

CRTC effectively bans most zero-rating in differential pricing decision

Media | 04/20/2017 8:04 pm EDT

As the CRTC banned most forms of differential pricing practices Thursday — including declaring that telecoms can’t pick and chose Internet content to zero-rate and...

Proposal would give Bell ‘significant and asymmetric powers’: small ISPs

telecom | 03/06/2017 8:59 pm EST

The CRTC should deny a proposal by BCE Inc. for a new regime governing traffic pumping that would allow telecoms to unilaterally put in place penalties that “inflict substantial harm” on other telecom providers, the Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) said. “These powers would permit Bell and other [local exchange carriers] to implement penalties against another LEC when any increase in bill-and-keep traffic that is unilaterally deemed...

Indie ISPs have less restrictive data caps: OpenMedia report

telecom | 10/13/2016 7:05 pm EDT

A new report from OpenMedia says that when it comes to residential wireline Internet service, small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) “have less restrictive data caps and more regions with...

CRTC doesn’t need disconnection heads up, interveners say

telecom | 09/26/2016 7:09 pm EDT

New regulations that would require telecom companies to tell the CRTC if they’re going to disconnect another company from their network are unnecessary, according to the majority of interveners who submitted feedback to the CRTC’s call for comments on disconnection practices. Most contracts between carriers or...

FTTH access plan ‘consistent’ but ‘disappointing’: indie ISPs

telecom | 09/20/2016 9:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has missed an opportunity to foster innovation among telecom competitors as it moves forward in the implementation of mandated wholesale access by smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) to...

Globalive sells three small telecom companies

telecom | 09/07/2016 7:53 pm EDT

Investment company Globalive Capital has sold small telecom Yak Communications to Distributel Communications Ltd., Globalive said in a press release Wednesday. In separate deals, it also sold business telecom services...

G.fast tech to give Canadian telcos’ Internet speeds a boost

telecom | 08/25/2016 5:52 pm EDT

A new technology that allows telecoms to get speeds of hundreds of gigabits through existing copper loops is making headway in Canada, where companies are testing it out and deployment is likely to...

Michael Garbe new head of CNOC

telecom | 07/13/2016 4:35 pm EDT

Michael Garbe is taking over as chairman and CEO of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), while former president and chairman Bill Sandiford and former treasurer Kevin Blumberg will stay with the organization in...

Small ISPs laud government denial of Bell’s FTTH appeal

telecom | 05/11/2016 1:23 pm EDT

Independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and advocacy groups said Wednesday they’re encouraged by the federal government’s rejection of BCE Inc.’s appeal of the CRTC...

Copyright infringement notices being used for advertising, ISPs say

Media | 04/27/2016 8:57 pm EDT

In recent weeks,  BCE Inc.  and HBO have begun using copyright infringement notices to steer recipients toward legal sources of TV content — but some of the Internet service providers...

Gerry Vanderpost joins Distributel as CFO

telecom | 08/20/2015 3:08 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. on Thursday announced that it has hired Gerry Vanderpost as its chief financial officer. Vanderpost had been vice-president of financial at Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., and joined Distributel earlier this month, the company said in a press release. “Distributel is taking strategic and progressive steps to both strengthen its senior management team and grow the company’s opportunities within Canada,” Distributel CEO Matt Stein said in the release. “The move to bring Gerry Vanderpost to Distributel should send a strong signal to...

Distributel expands Internet services in Quebec

telecom | 07/15/2015 3:33 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. is expanding its high-speed cable Internet services to 29 more markets throughout Quebec. Some of new communities covered include Asbestos, Baie Comeau, Chelsea, Drummondville, Trois...

ISPs prepping for increase in copyright infringement notices

Media | 01/12/2015 10:11 pm EST

After "significant" investments in time and money to prepare for the notice-and-notice regime that went into effect this month, independent Internet service providers Teksavvy Solutions Inc....

ISPs aspiring to launch TV services face uncertainty

Media | 12/12/2014 6:36 pm EST

Small Internet service providers looking to provide TV service should hold off on investment because of the uncertain future of the broadcast television market, according to 3Macs analyst Troy Crandall. At the recent CRTC...