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Big 3 fight back against ISED’s efforts to protect wholesale regime

telecom | 08/11/2022 5:50 pm EDT

Submissions to the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development’s (ISED) consultation on a new draft policy direction for the CRTC reveal some of the legal...

PIAC, CNOC detail disclosure request on Rogers outage 

telecom | 08/08/2022 6:54 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has asked the CRTC to mandate that Rogers Communications Inc. reveal more about the details of what led to a nationwide outage across the telecom’s network on July 8.  In a Friday letter to the CRTC, PIAC wrote that Rogers’...

CRTC outlines framework to block botnets from internet traffic

telecom | 06/23/2022 5:48 pm EDT

In a Thursday decision, the CRTC announced it was implementing regulations...

Rogers, Telus, want CRTC to deny TekSavvy TPIA tariff changes 

telecom | 06/03/2022 5:34 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. are asking the CRTC to deny a request by TekSavvy Solutions Inc. to speed up the regulatory process by which new speed tiers are introduced and become available to wholesale-based internet service providers (ISPs). “The...

Integrity Commissioner refers TekSavvy’s Scott complaint to Ethics Commissioner 

Media | 05/05/2022 3:20 pm EDT

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday...

TekSavvy calls for TPIA tariff changes to stop delayed access to new offerings

telecom | 05/03/2022 5:13 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is asking the CRTC to speed up the regulatory...

CRTC approves, with changes, Shaw’s 1500 wholesale service

telecom | 04/05/2022 4:47 pm EDT

Tuesday the CRTC approved an application by Shaw Communications Inc. to...

CRTC won’t order Bragg to relocate its TPIA point of interconnection

telecom | 03/25/2022 4:17 pm EDT

The commission denied an application by City Wide Communications Inc....

Supreme Court dismisses TekSavvy appeal of GoldTV site-blocking order

Media | 03/24/2022 1:28 pm EDT

Updated with TekSavvy reaction. The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday...

TekSavvy asks for investigation by Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of CRTC comish

telecom | 03/02/2022 6:09 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the Office of...

CRTC rejects CNOC request for Scott’s recusal

telecom | 02/16/2022 11:07 am EST

The CRTC has decided that it will not consider a request from the Competitive Network Operators of Canada...

Paper billing for vulnerable customers, not universally: CRTC

telecom | 02/10/2022 5:42 pm EST

The CRTC has determined that all communications service providers (CSPs),...

CRTC approves wholesale high-speed access tier for Shaw

telecom | 12/10/2021 3:40 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. was given approval by the CRTC Friday for a new wholesale high-speed access service tier. The commission okayed a 250 Mbps download and 15 Mbps upload system which Shaw will sell for $41.36 per month. This is similar to a ruling last month which...

Dynamic site-blocking case gets Nov. 23 hearing date 

Media | 11/03/2021 5:51 pm EDT

A test-case for Canada's first-ever "dynamic" site-blocking order is headed...

Bell, Rogers, Quebecor apply for extended site-blocking in GoldTV

Media | 10/26/2021 9:30 am EDT

A trio of Canada's biggest broadcasters has asked the Federal Court for a...

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...

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 mandate, several petitions to the governor-in-council asking his cabinet to overturn recent CRTC decisions are gaining support.  Wednesday was the deadline for submissions on Data on Tap Inc.'s...

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...

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...

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 raising home internet plan fees

telecom | 08/25/2021 5:31 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is hiking fees for some customers of its residential internet service by a few...

National Capital FreeNet asks gov. to reverse CRTC wholesale rates decision  

telecom | 08/25/2021 5:09 pm EDT

An Ottawa-area internet service provider has added its voice to those asking the government to overturn the CRTC's decision to revert rates for wholesale-based internet service providers (ISPs) to...

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...

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...

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 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 approval to continue to block certain scam voice calls, saying the ​​benefits “are unmistakable” after a nearly...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 2018, a Quebec Superior Court judge found an article of the Consumer Protection Act that says Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have to block web users in Quebec from accessing unauthorized online gambling sites within 30 days of receiving notice from the Société des Loteries du Québec to be out of the province’s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Focus on competition at ‘day of action’ following Rogers-Shaw deal

Media | 03/16/2021 6:10 pm EDT

As news of Roger’s Communications Inc.’s deal to acquire Shaw Communications Inc. sparks discussions on what it may mean for the wireless market in Canada, advocates say competition and other...

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...

Incumbents push back on interim fibre resale rates proposal

telecom | 02/12/2021 5:11 pm EST

The request from the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) for the...

Northern TPIA access for SSi should be expedited: competitors 

telecom | 02/10/2021 4:35 pm EST

The CRTC should move quickly to set wholesale prices in the North for SSi Canada's access to BCE Inc.’s Northwestel, according to an intervention by TekSavvy Solutions Inc.  In an intervention filed Monday on SSi's Part 1 application from December, TekSavvy wrote that the CRTC needs to move faster, given the delays in setting wholesale third-party internet access rates for competitive internet service providers across the country.  "TekSavvy’s experience in rate setting, and the incumbents’ willingness to litigate and pursue every appeal possible to avoid their regulatory...

Rogers pandemic ITMP policy ‘vague’ but does not discriminate, CRTC says

telecom | 01/11/2021 6:13 pm EST

There is insufficient evidence Rogers Communications Inc.'s pandemic-driven internet traffic management policy (ITMP) disproportionally affects wholesale end users, but at the same time the company...

CRTC to track wholesale quality of service in 2022

telecom | 01/04/2021 6:03 pm EST

The CRTC is giving incumbent telecom companies that provide wholesale high speed internet access a year...

Policy impacts of CRTC wholesale rates outside SCC purview: TekSavvy, CNOC

telecom | 12/07/2020 6:29 pm EST

The Supreme Court appeal incumbent telecoms filed in November amounts to...

CRTC seeks further information on telecoms’ paper billing practices

Media | 12/03/2020 3:15 pm EST

A CRTC consultation on paper billing practices in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors is continuing, with the commission requesting that all major companies respond to a series of...

TekSavvy asks for judicial review of CRTC wholesale rate stay

telecom | 10/29/2020 1:32 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to review the CRTC's Sept. 28 decision to grant a request from incumbents for a fresh stay on the implementation of the lower wholesale internet rates it announced in August 2019. In the court filing, TekSavvy takes issue with the regulator's application of the test for granting a stay, known as the RJR-MacDonald test. The CRTC granted a stay on the implementation of its own wholesale rates until it decides on a review-and-vary request from the incumbents, the only remaining challenge to the slashed wholesale rates, after the...

CRTC hears differing pitches to fix lagging disaggregated regime

telecom | 10/13/2020 6:04 pm EDT

In order to make its disaggregated wholesale regime work, the CRTC should...

Rogers still too vague about its use of ITMPs: TekSavvy

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

In an ongoing dispute between Rogers Communications Inc. and some of its third party internet access (TPIA) wholesale customers over COVID-19-related internet traffic management practices (ITMPs),...

TekSavvy will count bills from Bell, Rogers against debts until it receives retroactive payments

telecom | 09/25/2020 5:10 pm EDT

Beginning with its next invoice, TekSavvy Solutions Inc. will not be paying its wholesale fees to BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. as invoiced, instead "setting off...

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...

Bell argues site-blocking doesn’t need CRTC approval

Media | 09/04/2020 5:18 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has asked a Federal Court of Appeal judge to throw out an appeal of Canada's first ever site-blocking court order, saying that TekSavvy Solutions Inc.'s appeal of the order is grounded in...

CNOC argues Cabinet’s wholesale decision has no bearing on court appeal

telecom | 08/26/2020 4:35 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s submission to the Federal Court of Appeal -- in which it argued the federal Cabinet's decision that the wholesale internet rates set by the CRTC were low enough to stifle network investment...

TekSavvy argues court should ignore cabinet’s wholesale rates decision

telecom | 08/25/2020 5:18 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the Federal Court of Appeal to ignore the language of a recent cabinet decision declaring that the CRTC's wholesale rates were too low to encourage network...

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 allow them to make fresh submissions in the already-heard appeal of the CRTC's wholesale rates,...

Network outage impacts services in Ontario, Quebec

telecom | 08/06/2020 6:52 pm EDT

A network outage left wireless, internet and TV customers in Ontario and Quebec without service for about 45 minutes on Thursday. Consumers, mostly with BCE Inc., began reporting the outage on social media soon after 12 p.m. A...

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...

Most telecoms say no need for paper billing rules

telecom | 07/06/2020 5:19 pm EDT

Telecoms and broadcasters have overwhelmingly urged the CRTC not to intervene in billing practices, arguing billing formats act as “competitive differentiators,” while the majority of public submissions call for the CRTC to...

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...

Bell was previously in favour of retroactive payments, TekSavvy argues

telecom | 06/26/2020 8:34 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s argument that retroactive payments mandated by the CRTC in its August wholesale rate decision are an unconstitutional tax is a "disguised attack" on the "entire rate setting regime" laid out in the Telecommunications Act, according to lawyers representing TekSavvy Solutions Inc.  Under section 27 of the Telecommunications Act, "every rate charged by a Canadian carrier for a telecommunications service shall be just and reasonable," and is the basis upon which the CRTC regulates...

TekSavvy argues Rogers unfairly applying ITMP

telecom | 06/10/2020 4:12 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the CRTC to force Rogers Communications Inc. to stop applying an...

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...

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...

Companies behind site-blocking order want interventions limited

telecom | 05/22/2020 5:05 pm EDT

In an ongoing appeal of Canada's first-ever site-blocking order, BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Quebecor Inc. are asking a judge to either throw out or limit the scope of submissions from a...

Incumbents ask court for delay of wholesale rate appeal 

telecom | 05/21/2020 6:01 pm EDT

Incumbent cable companies have asked a Federal Court of Appeal judge to delay their appeal of the CRTC's wholesale rates decision until the proceeding can be conducted in person.  In a letter...

Wholesale debate moves to transport in CRTC rural broadband consult

telecom | 05/15/2020 2:33 pm EDT

The familiar argument over wholesale access has made its way to a CRTC consultation on how to remove barriers to rural broadband rollouts, with smaller providers arguing the regulator should mandate...

Premier League and Dazn support site blocking order

telecom | 05/12/2020 7:48 pm EDT

A consortium of rights holders — including the top tier of English soccer, the Premier League, sports streaming service Dazn and industry trade groups for book publishers — wants the Federal Court of Appeal to uphold...

Conservatives and NDP united for enforcement of wholesale rates

telecom | 05/05/2020 5:27 pm EDT

Opposition parties that normally hold differing views on any given issue are finding themselves agreeing on some telecom-adjacent files in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with both the Conservatives and NDP calling for the government to support lower wholesale internet...

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...

Retroactive payments for wholesale rates are not a tax: CNOC

telecom | 04/29/2020 5:45 pm EDT

In a Tuesday filing with the Federal Court of Appeal, the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) said that the appeal of the CRTC's August wholesale rate decision by some six companies should be...

‘Work together,’ CRTC tells wholesale-based ISPs, incumbents

telecom | 04/23/2020 1:21 pm EDT

The CRTC has responded to a letter from The Canadian Network Operators...

TekSavvy also calls for lower, emergency wholesale rates

telecom | 04/14/2020 6:42 pm EDT

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is joining a call made last week by Conservative...

Incumbents using COVID-19 to tamper with procedures, CNOC, TekSavvy claim

telecom | 04/09/2020 8:07 pm EDT

The Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) and TekSavvy Solutions Inc. are alleging that the incumbent telecoms from whom they purchase wholesale high-speed internet access are making changes to their installation and repair procedures in the wake of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a letter sent to the CRTC Thursday, TekSavvy and CNOC argue that these changes amount to unilateral tampering with regulated procedures by the incumbents. "We are concerned," the letter...

Rempel Garner calls on Bains, CRTC to enforce wholesale rates

telecom | 04/09/2020 5:15 pm EDT

Conservative industry critic Michelle Rempel Garner has called on...

Teksavvy lays off staff, increases internet bills

telecom | 03/26/2020 6:39 pm EDT

Teksavvy Solutions Inc. has laid off 130 staff and will implement a flat $5 bill increase for its...

COVID-19 prompts multiple ISPs to suspend data caps

telecom | 03/13/2020 5:46 pm EDT

Multiple Canadian internet providers have suspended caps on data usage as they prepare for a huge...

Site-blocking further expanded in GoldTV case

Media | 03/13/2020 4:28 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Quebecor Inc.'s Groupe TVA, and Rogers Communications Inc. — the trio of companies behind Canada's first ever website-blocking order — have submitted a draft order adding new domains to the Federal Court.  In a...

Canadian prices will ‘always be higher’: Bragg

telecom | 02/21/2020 7:40 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — According to Lee Bragg, CEO of Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink, it is “really...

Teksavvy asks Competition Bureau to investigate Rogers, Bell

telecom | 02/20/2020 6:42 pm EST

The Competition Bureau has been asked to investigate a “pattern of anti-competitive activities” in wholesale and retail internet markets by BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications, in a complaint filed...

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...

VMedia blasts ‘regressive’ BTLR recommendation

telecom | 02/05/2020 4:38 pm EST

VMedia Inc. says a recommendation from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review...

Teksavvy calls for public support in wholesale rates battle

telecom | 01/20/2020 3:47 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has launched a public campaign urging the federal government to reject petitions filed by the major telecommunications providers, calling on it to reverse a CRTC decision that would retroactively cut the rates wholesale-based providers pay for bandwidth from incumbents.  The campaign, which calls on Canadians to voice their support for the CRTC’s wholesale rates decision, is the second time TekSavvy has launched its Pay Less to Connect campaign in less than 12 months. Its vice-president of regulatory and carrier affairs, Andy Kaplan-Myrth, said he wanted to...

Incumbents, small telecoms pan Competition Bureau MVNO proposal

telecom | 01/14/2020 5:54 pm EST

Telecom providers both big and small have unanimously rejected a...

Court docs detail expansion of Canadian website-blocking order

Media | 01/08/2020 4:58 pm EST

Fresh documents are shedding light on how Canada’s first piracy case...

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...

Videotron ‘diving’ like a soccer player over gigabit internet: TekSavvy

telecom | 11/27/2019 4:15 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s cancellation of its gigabit internet service is akin to a soccer player diving, or feigning injury to draw a penalty, TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is arguing in an intervention to the...

TekSavvy files appeal against site-blocking order

telecom | 11/25/2019 4:19 pm EST

Internet service provider TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has appealed a Federal Court order requiring ISPs to block a pair of websites selling allegedly pirated content. In a Federal Court of Appeal filing on Monday, the ISP said that Federal Court judge Patrick Gleeson made an...

Court orders Canadian ISPs to block pirate website for the first time

Media | 11/15/2019 6:35 pm EST

In a precedent-setting decision, a Federal Court judge has ordered internet...

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...

TekSavvy sticking to lower internet prices despite wholesale rate stay

telecom | 09/30/2019 12:13 pm EDT

The temporary nature of the decision by the Federal Court of Appeal to...

CRTC has no jurisdiction over site-blocking request, big telecoms argue

Media | 09/26/2019 5:31 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Quebecor Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. are arguing in...

Federal Court could hold wholesale rate hearing on Friday

telecom | 09/25/2019 4:33 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge is asking BCE Inc. to explain why it should hold an oral hearing about whether it should review and freeze a CRTC decision that slashed wholesale internet rates big telecoms...

Site-blocking is domain of CRTC, TekSavvy tells court

telecom | 09/24/2019 9:16 pm EDT

Even if the large telecoms satisfy the court’s threshold to move forward with forcing internet service...

Distributel asks court for ability to challenge future site-blocking

Media | 09/19/2019 7:22 pm EDT

In the event Federal Court allows a site-blocking application brought by...

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...

Telecoms ‘caught off guard’ by allegations piracy promoted at retailers: Super Channel

Media | 09/16/2019 6:38 pm EDT

Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc.’s Super Channel held meetings with “totally surprised” representatives of Canadian telecoms in the weeks before it filed a Federal Court...