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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...

CRTC extends Shaw deadline to promote free satellite TV program

Media | 12/05/2013 8:25 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. can continue to enroll new subscribers in its Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS), a free satellite TV program, for a “final” 12 months, the CRTC said. In a Nov. 29 letter to Shaw, the commission said it will grant Shaw a “final extension of the program eligibility period” and said that during that time, Shaw can reallocate tangible benefit funds towards the administration of the program. The CRTC said once that period is over, the company cannot allocate any unspent funds to the maintenance of the program, as Shaw had requested, and...

Does the emergence of Fibe signal the end of satellite TV?

telecom | 11/18/2013 4:00 pm EST

Millions of Canadians still receive their television service from signals beamed to space and back, even as the country’s dominant provider of satellite TV has given many of them a reason to...

CRTC denies Rogers reorganization of Mountain subsidiary

Media | 11/01/2013 5:43 pm EDT

The CRTC denied aspects of a Rogers Communications Inc.’s corporate reorganization as part of a $400-million deal to purchase Shaw Communications Inc.’s cable subsidiary Mountain...

Shaw profits fall on cable sub losses

Media | 10/24/2013 8:59 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s profits fell 12 per cent in the past 12 months as the company lost more cable subscribers in the fourth quarter. Shaw said in a release Thursday that it lost 29,522 cable subscribers in the three...

CRTC dives into TV review, says public complaining about channel packaging

Media | 10/24/2013 7:10 pm EDT

The CRTC officially launched its public consultation on television services, asking the public for input into questions related to the Conservative government’s promise to unbundle television...

Telus faces wireless battle in West as millions in East still unserviced

telecom | 10/04/2013 3:26 pm EDT

It shouldn't be surprising that Canada's incumbent wireless carriers are targeting Alberta. It has the fastest-growing population in the country, and more than 80 per cent of its residents are concentrated in urban areas. Alberta residents were also by far the most lucrative for wireless carriers in 2012, new CRTC data shows, with carriers earning 16 per cent more per month from each Albertan subscriber than from subscribers in other provinces. To top it all off, incumbent telco Telus...

Shaw, Telus, Cogeco line up against CRTC’s ‘news neighbourhood’ regs

Media | 09/10/2013 8:52 pm EDT

Several broadcast companies are opposing the CRTC's proposed “news neighbourhood” regulations intended to help news channels like Sun News Network get a leg up in the broadcasting system. Shaw Communications Inc., Telus Corp., CBC/Radio-Canada, Cogeco Cable Inc., and a former senior...

Charges for paper bills justified, providers say

Media | 07/23/2013 2:54 pm EDT

Canadian consumers need incentives to make the switch to environmentally friendly electronic bills, SaskTel said in response to CRTC questions about telcos' charges for paper billing.  SaskTel, a provincial Crown...

Competition Bureau looking into Shaw-Rogers spectrum deal

telecom | 07/11/2013 2:27 pm EDT

The federal Competition Bureau received a Federal Court order compelling Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc. and Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to turn over information as...

Rogers-Videotron deal expected to be first test of new spectrum transfer rules

telecom | 07/09/2013 6:20 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposed deal for Videotron Ltd.’s unused Toronto-area spectrum is expected to give incumbent mobile providers the first indication of whether they can obtain...

Shaw profits rise, hopeful of spectrum transfer

telecom | 06/28/2013 6:19 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s profits rose to $250 million in the third quarter of 2013 as the company reported further cable TV customer losses in competition with Telus Corp. The company’s net income, for the...

National ad revenues drop to 2009 levels for private conventional TV

Media | 06/13/2013 9:05 pm EDT

Private conventional television stations' national advertising revenues fell to 2009 levels in the 2012 broadcast year, dropping 7.9 per cent and causing profits to sink, new CRTC data show. In conventional TV statistical and financial data released on the commission’s website Thursday, the CRTC said private...

CRTC approves Shaw’s TVtropolis acquisition

Media | 06/12/2013 8:47 pm EDT

The CRTC approved Shaw Communications Inc.’s acquisition of the remaining shares of TVtropolis, the commission said Tuesday. In a decision, the CRTC said it allowed Shaw to acquire Rogers Communications Inc.’s 33 per cent share of TVtropolis, giving Shaw complete ownership of the Category A specialty service. The change in ownership,...

BCE teams up with Twitter on social TV research project

Media | 06/06/2013 9:26 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media subsidiary is teaming up with Twitter Inc. in a new research project to measure Canadians’ “social TV behaviour,” Bell Media said. In a release Thursday, Bell...

First signs of cord cutting are here, Boon Dog says

Media | 06/06/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded broadcast distribution companies reported “concrete signs” of cord cutting over the past two quarters as their combined subscriber base fell for the first time since cable TV first become a feature in most homes, said Mario Mota, partner at Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. In a release Thursday, Boon Dog said Canada’s publicly traded cable, satellite, and IPTV television providers lost a combined 5,394 TV subscribers in the first quarter of 2013 after losing a combined 8,175 in the last quarter of 2012. He said those figures included subscribers to television services offered by Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., BCE Inc., Videotron Ltd. (a Quebecor Media Inc.subsidiary), Cogeco Cable Inc., Telus Corp., Bell Aliant...

Paradis delays auction, says no set aside spectrum transfers to incumbents

telecom | 06/04/2013 1:29 pm EDT

OTTAWA, TORONTO—Industry Canada will block Telus Corp.'s proposed deal for Dave Wireless Inc.’s mobile spectrum, as well as any other proposal from an incumbent to acquire wireless...

Wireless code could replace four-carrier policy: analyst

telecom | 06/03/2013 7:48 pm EDT

The federal government should let the CRTC’s wireless code of conduct regulate the mobile wireless sector and back away from its policy objective of ensuring four competing carriers in each region of the country, Scotia Capital analyst Jeff Fan said. In a research note Monday, Fan said the CRTC’s...

Rogers, Videotron reach network deal for capex savings, more competition in Quebec

telecom | 05/30/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. will be better positioned to compete against rival incumbent wireless carriers BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. in the Quebec market under a new network-sharing agreement with...

CRTC consulting on broadcast applications

Media | 05/24/2013 5:27 pm EDT

The CRTC opened a consultation on four broadcast applications, including a CBC/Radio-Canada request to operate a new FM radio station in Saskatoon. In a notice Wednesday, the CRTC said it is consulting on a CBC application for a licence for a new English-language CBC Radio One station in Saskatoon. The CRTC said it is also consulting on a request from...

Shaw, City of Edmonton, expand WiFi network

telecom | 05/23/2013 9:42 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. and the City of Edmonton reached an agreement to expand the company’s Shaw Go WiFi network to public areas in Edmonton. In a release Thursday, the parties said the expansion would take place over two years with new access points installed in pedestrian areas, light rail transit stations and libraries. Shaw announced in September 2011 that, rather than a mobile wireless network, it would build out a WiFi network for its customers. The company since reached an agreement with Rogers Communications Inc. that gives Rogers an option to purchase Shaw’s AWS...

Delays in 700 MHz auction process increasingly likely, analysts say

telecom | 05/23/2013 7:52 pm EDT

Delays in Industry Canada's spectrum auction process are looking more likely by the day, analysts said. They said new wireless entrants will need more time to look at consolidation options after...

Don’t expect ruling on option deal until 2014: Engelhart

telecom | 04/23/2013 7:12 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. does not expect Industry Canada to rule on its option agreement to acquire “new entrant” spectrum from Shaw Communications Inc. until the summer of 2014, Ken Engelhart, Rogers’ senior vice-president of regulatory affairs, said on a call with analysts. Rogers, Canada’s...

Shaw loses most cable subs in quarter in 10 years

telecom | 01/11/2013 9:58 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. experienced the highest quarterly loss in cable subscribers in 10 years during the first quarter of 2013, Canaccord Genuity said in a research note this week. Canaccord analyst Dvai Ghose noted Shaw lost 23,912 cable customers in the quarter and 611 net aggregate cable TV, Internet and telephony customers. Shaw generated...

Value-for-signal decision to be issued Thursday

Media | 12/10/2012 8:02 pm EST

The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a decision Thursday on whether the CRTC has the jurisdiction to implement a proposed value for signal regime to compensate local TV stations for the carriage of their signals. The court said in a notice Monday that the decision will be issued at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 13. The commission’s proposed...

Mobile phone market slowing to 1.4% growth

telecom | 12/05/2012 7:17 pm EST

Growth of the global mobile phone market will slow to 1.4 per cent for 2012, the lowest annual growth rate in three years, research firm IDC said Tuesday. IDC said in a release it projects a record number of smartphone shipments, as a segment of mobile phones, during the 2012 holiday season. Vendors will ship more than 1.7 billion mobile phones in...