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Court dismisses Telus request for injunction against Quebecor’s 3500 MHz licenses

telecom | 10/23/2021 11:40 am EDT

The Federal Court has rejected a Telus Corp. request to stop the department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) from issuing licenses for set-aside...

Quebecor’s spectrum winnings an ‘unfair cost advantage,’ Telus tells Federal Court

Media | 10/19/2021 7:16 pm EDT

A Federal Court injunction stopping the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) from issuing licenses for set-aside spectrum won by Quebecor Inc. in...

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...

CRTC to allow CPAC to participate in Rogers-Shaw hearing 

Media | 10/13/2021 6:28 pm EDT

The CRTC has granted Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. -- more widely known...

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...

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...

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...

Telecom regulation more ‘benign’: analyst

telecom | 09/09/2021 6:00 pm EDT

Telecoms shares have continued to track higher thanks to a regulatory backdrop which “has turned much more benign,” according to an industry analyst. Thursday National Bank of Canada analyst Adam Shine issued a note that...

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...

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...

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...

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 TekSavvy Solutions Inc. in May, the internet service provider (ISP) has decided to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC).  In an application for leave to appeal filed with the...

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...

CRTC sending Cogeco and Wildbrain to mediation over channel drop dispute

telecom | 08/18/2021 5:03 pm EDT

A dispute over Cogeco Inc. dropping children’s television content creator...

Videotron waives long-distance fees to Haiti, Afghanistan in response to international crises

telecom | 08/18/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron is suspending its long-distance charges for all calls from Canada to Haiti, where a recent earthquake has left many residents homeless, and to...

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...

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...

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...

CRTC dismisses Quebecor complaint of CBC undue preference

Media | 08/03/2021 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has ruled that the CBC/Radio-Canada is  not giving itself an...

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...

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...

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...

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 fraud had fallen by 95 per cent between October 2020 and May of this year. The CRTC did not disclose how many instances of the fraud the 95 per cent drop represented, either at the beginning or the end of the monitoring period.  SIM swapping involves a fraudster convincing a wireless provider to transfer the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card in 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...

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...

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...

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.  As part of the federal-provincial fund Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, Cogeco will connect more than 6,000 households in the Monteregie and Montmagny regions by...

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 renews request for CRTC to intervene on Videotron permanent roaming claims

telecom | 05/28/2021 5:57 pm EDT

Bell Mobility Inc. is asking the CRTC to put in place new measures 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,...

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...

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...

Quebecor “pleased” with CRTC MVNO decision

telecom | 05/13/2021 6:10 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau added his voice to a chorus of telecom CEOs who have praised the CRTC's April decision which mandated access for a limited number of facilities-based regional mobile virtual network operators.  "We're pleased with the CRTC decision...

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...

Majority of Canadian mobile wireless prices second-highest internationally: ISED report

telecom | 05/04/2021 8:10 pm EDT

The average Canadian mobile wireless prices rank the second highest internationally in four of seven service “baskets,” and remains in the middle-high range for the...

Quebecor’s Pruneau steps down 

Media | 04/27/2021 12:51 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. executive Jean-François Pruneau announced Tuesday morning that he would be stepping down from his position as president and CEO of Videotron in order to "leave active professional life and devote himself to personal...

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...

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 should allow internet service providers to unilaterally block certain websites from users in order to protect copyright holders.  In a Wednesday release, Heritage...

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...

Videotron buys Cablovision Warwick

telecom | 04/01/2021 3:04 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.'s Videtron has acquired wireless, TV, home phone, and cellular company Cablovision Warwick Inc., which has been operating in the Centre-du-Quebec region for almost 50 years.  Videotron CEO Jean-François Pruneau...

Quebecor would buy Freedom, but only with spectrum: PKP

telecom | 03/31/2021 6:21 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has indicated that, should the Competition Bureau force...

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...

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 (SOCAN) for ringtones downloaded onto customers’ phones over 10 years has been dismissed by a federal court.  The March 5 decision is part of a fight that goes back to 2012, when the companies, along with Telus Corp. at the time, filed the suit. In 2015, a federal court issued a decision saying...

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...

Telesat needs proceeds from 3800 MHz to compete: CEO

telecom | 03/11/2021 6:11 pm EST

If Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada doesn't approve Telesat Holdings Inc.'s proposal...

ITPA asks CRTC to compel release of limited customer data for NG911

telecom | 03/05/2021 5:15 pm EST

The Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA) is asking the CRTC to force  large telecom service providers to give the association a list of the wireless service numbers with...

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...

Focus turns back to CRTC as SCC rejects incumbent wholesale challenge 

telecom | 02/25/2021 5:46 pm EST

As the Supreme Court of Canada  dismissed an incumbent challenge to an 18-month old CRTC decision to slash wholesale access rates for independent internet service providers...

Helped by Fizz, Quebecor reports strong Q4 earnings

Media | 02/25/2021 5:42 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. has continued to grow its revenues in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, according to...

CRTC should release data on fraud calls: PIAC

telecom | 02/09/2021 5:58 pm EST

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has asked the CRTC to publicly disclose the information it...

Include resellers in STIR/SHAKEN: ISCC

telecom | 02/08/2021 3:25 pm EST

The Internet Society’s Canada Chapter (ISCC) has endorsed a call from Mitel Networks Corp. for the CRTC to instruct the agency in charge of implementing the anti-fraud-call protocol known as STIR/SHAKEN to allow resellers to...

Court certifies TVA Sports class action

Media | 01/14/2021 5:54 pm EST

Quebec’s Superior Court has certified a class action lawsuit on behalf of BCE Inc. TV subscribers who lost access to Quebecor Inc.’s TVA Sports after Quebecor cut the signal in the spring of 2019.  La Presse reported...

2021 will see wireless boost: analyst

telecom | 01/07/2021 5:57 pm EST

The wireless sector will be buoyed in 2021 by the likely end of the competitive skirmishes brought about by the introduction of unlimited data across the industry, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda Galappatthige. ...

Mitel wants resellers in on STIR/SHAKEN framework

telecom | 01/06/2021 6:50 pm EST

Mitel Networks Corp. has filed a Part 1 application requesting that the CRTC instruct the agency in charge of implementing the anti-call-spoofing protocol known as STIR/SHAKEN to allow all resellers to participate in the...

ISED proposal to displace spectrum for fixed wireless divides ISPs

telecom | 12/11/2020 11:37 am EST

A pair of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada proposals on changes to midband spectrum allocation that would affect fixed wireless service has drawn a mixed response from telecoms....

Rogers, Shaw get cableco support in demand for relocation payments

telecom | 12/04/2020 3:36 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have the support of...

Incumbents appeal CRTC wholesale rates at Supreme Court

telecom | 11/12/2020 4:56 pm EST

Both BCE Inc. and large cable companies have turned to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight the lower internet wholesale rates the CRTC established in 2019, The Wire Report has learned. Both Bell and the cablecos -- Rogers Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., Shaw...

Telecoms object to Telesat’s proposal to auction 3800 MHz spectrum

telecom | 11/10/2020 5:48 pm EST

A number of Canadian wireless providers have objected to a proposal that...

Broadcast Act updates not comprehensive enough: NDP, Conservatives

Media | 11/03/2020 6:44 pm EST

The Liberal government’s proposed updates to the Broadcasting Act have...

CRTC consulting on how to improve access to poles

telecom | 10/30/2020 5:17 pm EDT

The CRTC has launched a consultation on improving access to poles owned by Canadian telecom companies. It said it heard during its proceeding on barriers to rural broadband rollouts that “untimely and costly access to poles...

Don’t force release of disaggregated configurations, incumbents tell CRTC

telecom | 10/26/2020 6:22 pm EDT

Incumbent telecoms are asking the CRTC to deny a request from the Competitive Network Operators of Canada to require the large telecoms to release more detailed information about the structures of...

CCSA backs Videotron’s Competition Bureau complaint over Bell structures

telecom | 10/02/2020 4:38 pm EDT

The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance has endorsed a complaint from Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron to the Competition Bureau over delays to accessing BCE Inc. infrastructure in Quebec, writing in a Friday release that "the ability to attach high-speed fiber to such poles in an affordable and timely manner is critical to extending broadband to currently unserved or underserved Canadians." Videotron filed the complaint -- as well as a simultaneous lawsuit -- on Wednesday this week, after...

Quebecor turns to Competition Bureau, court over Bell structure access

telecom | 09/30/2020 5:38 pm EDT

An ongoing dispute between BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc. has escalated as the...

Secret shoppers with disabilities less satisfied with telecom options

telecom | 09/29/2020 6:23 pm EDT

One in five potential customers for telecommunications services "perceived...

Cablevision offer to increase wholesale capacity not good enough: Videotron

telecom | 09/29/2020 5:16 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron told the CRTC that a proposal by BCE Inc. subsidiary Cablevision du Nord in response to Videotron’s request to increase the wholesale capacity it buys from Cablevision is...

Bell says TPIA delays are Videotron’s fault

telecom | 09/24/2020 5:34 pm EDT

In response to a complaint to the CRTC from Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron that BCE Inc. was unduly delaying Videotron's arrival in the Abitibi region, Bell subsidiary Cablevision du Nord says the delay is Videotron's fault.  In a...

Videotron launches physical distancing wristband

telecom | 09/24/2020 2:34 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has launched a wristband that lights up and vibrates when individuals come too close to...

Federal Court dismisses incumbents’ wholesale rates appeal

telecom | 09/10/2020 10:55 am EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Thursday the large telecom...

CRTC presses pause on measures to combat phone porting

telecom | 09/08/2020 6:10 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked telecoms to indefinitely refrain from starting or relaunching any measures to block unauthorized SIM swapping or porting, after Quebecor Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. reported...

Canadian internet users almost universally getting ISP’s advertised speeds

telecom | 09/08/2020 5:11 pm EDT

In almost all cases, Canadian internet consumers are receiving service at...

Videotron accuses Bell subsidiary of delaying access to infrastructure

telecom | 09/04/2020 2:24 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has filed another complaint with the CRTC over wholesale access in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que., this time accusing BCE Inc. subsidiary Cablevision du Nord de Québec of “manoeuvring for months to unduly delay Videotron's arrival in Abitibi.” Videotron said in a press release that “Cablevision has done everything in its power to stall initial access to its infrastructure and slow the interconnection process.” In December, the CRTC told Cablevision that...

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 rebranding V as Noovo

Media | 08/19/2020 1:36 pm EDT

The French-language conventional TV network BCE Inc. acquired this year will be rebranded as “Noovo,” to coordinate with an existing digital platform. “Viewers will...

Cabinet says CRTC wholesale rates too low, may harm investment

telecom | 08/15/2020 9:06 am EDT

The Liberal government has sided with Canada’s largest telecoms in their...

Quebecor must hand over documents to Competition Bureau: court

telecom | 08/07/2020 10:32 am EDT

A Federal Court of Appeal judge has ruled that Quebecor Inc. must turn over documents to the Competition Bureau, which the bureau argues it needs access to to determine if Videotron has violated...

CRTC tells Bell it is still giving undue preference to RDS over TVA Sport

telecom | 08/07/2020 10:23 am EDT

The CRTC has sent a letter to BCE Inc. informing the company that its submission of a new sports package to the regulator was still giving undue preference to its own RDS...

Quebecor Q2 stable, with strong wireless adds 

telecom | 08/06/2020 6:40 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. posted second quarter returns Thursday that beat analyst expectations, primarily on the back of strong wireless and home internet additions, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the sector.  In...

Two new CTI projects announced in Quebec

telecom | 08/04/2020 5:25 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development on Tuesday announced that it would be funding two separate projects in rural Quebec under its $585 million Connect to Innovate program.  In a release, ISED said it was giving just...

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...

Peggy Tabet named VP of regulatory at Quebecor

Media | 07/24/2020 1:37 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has promoted Peggy Tabet, previously vice-president of broadcasting regulatory affairs, to the job of vice-president of regulatory and public affairs. In the new position, Tabet will oversee regulatory matters for...

Telecoms back Quebecor over Bell support structure access

telecom | 07/23/2020 5:42 pm EDT

Small telecommunications providers, the Canadian Communications Systems...

Blockbuster Disney production lobbying over COVID-19 protocols

Media | 07/21/2020 6:34 pm EDT

The production company creating a remake of 1940s noir film Nightmare Alley...

Competition Bureau investigating Videotron ‘astroturfing’

telecom | 07/17/2020 7:29 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is asking Federal Court to compel Quebecor Inc.'s...

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...

Quebecor drops court case challenging Bell V acquisition

Media | 06/29/2020 3:39 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has informed the Federal Court of Appeal it won’t pursue its appeal of a CRTC decision allowing BCE Inc. to buy Groupe V Media Inc.’s conventional TV network V. Bell rival Quebecor has strongly opposed the deal, asking the Quebec government to block the purchase because if approved, it would give Bell too much market power, resulting in an “untenable” situation.  The CRTC initially approved the deal in April but didn’t publish its reasoning until May. “We continue to believe that it was ill-advised for the CRTC to approve this transaction, which will only...