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CRTC chair OK with being ‘disruptive showman’

Media | 11/16/2016 11:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — With more than six months left in his term as CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais isn’t ready to start using the word “legacy” in relation to his term as head of the Canadian regulator, but in a speech to a communications conference Wednesday, he gave a glimpse into a self-awareness of his own CRTC epitaph. During a keynote at the Canadian branch of the International Institute of Communications’ (IIC) annual conference in Ottawa, Blais outlined what he called creative and innovative ways the CRTC has tried to reach out to Canadians on issues, including...

Videotron goes on defence as differential pricing hearing wraps

Media | 11/04/2016 11:49 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Those who innovate shouldn’t be penalized because their competitors can’t keep up, the CRTC heard Friday from representatives of the telecom company partially responsible for this week’s public hearing on differential pricing practices. Quebecor Inc. appeared in front of the five-commissioner panel on the final day of the week-long hearing on net neutrality issues, including zero-rating and sponsoring data. For the majority of its nearly three-hour appearance, chairman Jean-Pierre Blais grilled the company’s reps over...