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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 Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa (CIPPIC), and...

CRTC rejects Rogers request for interveners at Shaw merger hearing

telecom | 10/14/2021 1:58 pm EDT

The CRTC denied Rogers Communications Inc.’s request for several third-party interveners to appear at an upcoming Nov. 22 hearing into the company's acquisition of Shaw...

Rogers expands 5G in 11 Quebec cities

telecom | 10/13/2021 6:31 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. extended its 5G network in Quebec which now reaches more than 90 communities...

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...

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 injunction by continuing to sell the boxes to people to pirate television content.  After delays due to “various reasons” including the pandemic, Justice John Norris...

Rogers CFO leaving the company

Media | 09/30/2021 10:27 am EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Wednesday evening that CFO Tony Staffieri has left his post after...

Petitions to overturn recent CRTC decisions gaining steam

telecom | 09/23/2021 7:09 pm EDT

Days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won another minority government...

Rogers expands 5G network in Nova Scotia

telecom | 09/23/2021 5:58 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has expanded its 5G network in the Halifax, N.S., region.  Rogers said in...

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...

Rogers extends modem migration deadline

telecom | 09/21/2021 4:20 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has told the CRTC the pandemic has slowed work down after it was asked by the...

Singh says he would use laws to meet telecom affordability goals

telecom | 09/14/2021 1:28 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said his party could use laws to direct the...

Election outcome won’t stop Rogers-Shaw deal: Rogers CFO

Media | 09/13/2021 6:05 pm EDT

Whatever the outcome of the vote after polls close in the Sept. 20 federal election, it won't have much of an effect on regulatory approval of the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc., according to Rogers' chief financial officer.  Speaking at the 2021 edition of the Bank of America Media, Communications & Entertainment investors' conference Monday, Rogers CFO Tony Staffieri told analyst David Barden that government relations have improved.  "Irrespective of where the election continues to move over the next few days, I think the backdrop...

Singh says he’ll oppose Rogers-Shaw merger

Media | 09/10/2021 2:46 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the first party leader to explicitly oppose the proposed acquisition of Shaw...

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

Media | 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...

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...

Rogers picking up Nova Scotian ISP

telecom | 08/23/2021 5:35 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has made a deal to acquire Seaside Communications, a long-time local internet...

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...

The Wire Report’s guide to the 2021 federal election 

Media | 08/17/2021 2:35 pm EDT

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally called Sunday for a...

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...

CRTC rejects PIAC/FRPC call for strengthened broadband participation fund

Media | 08/12/2021 5:24 pm EDT

The CRTC has decided it will not open proceedings into creating a strengthened Broadcast Participation Fund, after being asked to do so by a pair of public interest advocacy...

Court to hear Telus challenge to CRTC wireless review decision 

telecom | 08/12/2021 1:13 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal will take up a Telus Corp. challenge to two...

CRTC to hold hearing on Rogers-Shaw merger, opens consultation

Media | 08/12/2021 1:00 pm EDT

The CRTC will hold hearings on whether Rogers Communications Inc. may...

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...

Rogers files another MDU access complaint

telecom | 08/10/2021 4:49 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is asking the CRTC to force a high-rise building owner in Toronto, ON, to give...

Consensus on CRTC data collection for foreign outlets; disagreement on how

Media | 08/09/2021 5:32 pm EDT

Civil groups and Canadian telecoms companies agree that the CRTC should...

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....

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...

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 some $8.91 billion on the 3,500 MHz band of spectrum, according to preliminary results released Thursday afternoon by the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED).   The...

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...

Cogeco hires Fido VP Nancy Audette 

telecom | 07/26/2021 4:56 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. cable subsidiary Cogeco Connexion has signed on Fido Mobile VP Nancy Audette as its own vice...

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...

Rogers reports spike in wireless subscribers and rise in profit for Q2

Media | 07/21/2021 6:52 pm EDT

The return of the Toronto Blue Jays has caused Rogers Communications...

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...

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...

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...

Quebec judge ups claims cap in Rogers termination fee class action

telecom | 07/09/2021 5:05 pm EDT

Quebec’s Superior Court has granted an increase in the number of total...

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. On Wednesday, BCE Inc. announced its services now reach more than 25,000 homes and businesses in Clarington, ON, with all-fibre high-speed internet connections, and 5,000 rural locations with its Wireless Home Internet service. Additionally, Rogers Communications Inc. announced that in the past 18 months it enhanced its wireless networks in more than 250 communities British Columbia, with plans...

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...

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...

FCM rejects Telus complaint of regulatory uncertainty in wireless review appeal

telecom | 06/23/2021 5:20 pm EDT

Rather than creating a "lacuna in the federal regulatory scheme," causing...

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...

3500 MHz auction finally launches; valuable mid-band spectrum to come with new deployment requirements

Media | 06/15/2021 6:30 pm EDT

Bidding opened Tuesday morning in what will be a weeks-long auction in some of the most coveted wireless assets -- spectrum along the 3,500 MHz band -- after a year-long...

Rogers backs Telus in Wireless Review decision challenge

telecom | 06/08/2021 5:50 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has voiced its support for Telus Corp.'s Federal...

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...

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...

62k sign petition against Rogers-Shaw merger

telecom | 05/18/2021 5:33 pm EDT

A coalition of four separate advocacy groups Tuesday delivered a 62,000 signature-strong petition to the Competition Bureau, asking the regulator to block Rogers Communications Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications...

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 the regulator mandating wireless network access for a limited number of mobile virtual network operators, in a Friday afternoon filing with the Federal Court of Appeal the company said it wants the court to strike down provisions of the decision concerning access to public infrastructure for...

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...

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...

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 the CRTC does not need to implement a proposal that would require them to block malicious botnet...

CRTC denies Iristel request for caller location ID manipulation to be outlawed

telecom | 05/06/2021 4:57 pm EDT

The CRTC has denied an order requested by Iristel Inc. after it found that...

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 revokes Shaw Sault Ste. Marie broadcasting licence

Media | 05/05/2021 3:50 pm EDT

The CRTC granted a request by Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. to revoke its broadcasting licence for the Sault Ste. Marie area of Ontario on Wednesday. Shaw Communications Inc. said in its application its...

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...

Data on Tap asks Trudeau gov. to review MVNO decision

telecom | 05/04/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Data on Tap Inc., one of the country's hopeful mobile virtual network operators, has filed a petition to the governor in council, asking the government of Justin Trudeau to review the April decision of the CRTC to only mandate...

CRTC requires Rogers to pause hardware migration for TPIA customers

telecom | 04/27/2021 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked Rogers Communications Inc. to stop requiring its third-party internet access customers to use a particular kind of modem until the regulator makes a decision on a complaint about...

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...

Xplornet expanding fibre network in Haldimand

telecom | 04/23/2021 8:35 pm EDT

Through its newly acquired fibre-based service provider Ocdotus Inc. — which operates as Metro Loop — Xplornet Communications Inc. is expanding its fibre network in Haldimand County, Ontario.  New Brunswick-based Xplornet...

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 Policy in Communications (FRPC) are urging the CRTC to come up with an interim plan to “stabilize the finances” of the Broadcasting Participation Fund as they anticipate a shortfall in money for...

Delay 3500 MHz auction: CNOC to ISED

telecom | 04/19/2021 6:10 pm EDT

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) have requested a 90-day delay to the 3,500 MHz spectrum auction, currently scheduled to take place in June.  In a Monday letter addressed to Innovation Minister...

Rogers, Fido customers facing wireless outage

telecom | 04/19/2021 6:06 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. is in the midst of a wireless outage, with reports of service dropping early...

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...

Time to look beyond consumer price increases in M&As, say experts

telecom | 04/15/2021 9:30 pm EDT

The competition bureau is “flying blind” when it comes to understanding the cumulative effects of mergers—such as the proposed Rogers Communications Inc. acquisition of Shaw Communications...

Shaw reports boost in profit, slight rise in revenue for Q2

telecom | 04/15/2021 5:24 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. reported an increase of 1.8 per cent in revenue Wednesday for its second quarter of the year, totalling nearly $1.39 billion for the period ending February 28—not long before it was announced Rogers Communications Inc. intends to acquire the...

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...

Cogeco revenue up, profit dips

Media | 04/14/2021 5:36 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. announced another increase in revenue with its second-quarter results Tuesday as it awaits...

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...

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...

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...

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 Rogers Communications Inc. to spin-off Shaw Communications Inc.'s wireless assets as part of its regulatory approval of the Rogers-Shaw merger, Quebecor would be open to purchasing it, provided it came...