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Ultimate impact of new ‘unlimited’ plans unclear: industry-watchers

telecom | 06/13/2019 6:29 pm EDT

As BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. reacted to Rogers Communications Inc.’s offer of a new wireless data plan with no data overage charges, analysts and experts had difficulty predicting how the new plans could affect the industry. Rogers announced on Wednesday that it would start offering wireless data plans starting at $75 for 10 GB with no overage charges, instead throttling speeds once customers reach their data limit. Telus responded the same day with a 15 GB for $75 promo, while Bell began...

CRTC approves telecoms’ proposed low-cost data plans

telecom | 12/17/2018 6:14 pm EST

The CRTC has chosen not to make changes to lower-cost data plans suggested by telecoms, accepting the plans as envisioned by the companies, in a decision that angered consumer advocates — whose proposals for cheaper alternatives went unheeded. The regulator said on...

Lack of scale, device lineup challenges for Xplore Mobile

telecom | 11/16/2018 6:34 pm EST

New Brunswick-based internet provider Xplornet Communications Inc. started...

As CRTC rejects FairPlay, proposal could move to legislative reviews

Media | 10/02/2018 11:20 am EDT

The CRTC has no jurisdiction to implement a system to block websites...

CRTC asks carriers for lower-priced data-only plan proposals

telecom | 07/25/2018 5:29 pm EDT

The CRTC wants the Big Three to submit options for lower-priced data plans...

Freedom launches its own low-cost data plans

telecom | 07/19/2018 4:32 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. has launched low-cost wireless data plans that trump offers proposed by its competitors to the CRTC, after the telecoms told the regulator that it should accept no substitutes what they proposed. The...

Don’t opt for alternative low-cost plans, carriers warn CRTC

telecom | 06/29/2018 4:40 pm EDT

The big three wireless providers doubled down on their proposed low-cost, data-only plans this week, telling the CRTC that alternative proposals from other parties in the proceeding could lead to a jurisdictional challenge and harm the wireless industry if implemented. If...

Low-cost data plans need higher caps, lower prices, CRTC hears

telecom | 06/14/2018 4:45 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is among those who are telling the CRTC that mandated low-cost, data-only plans should have more data on offer, in a move that raises the stakes of the regulator’s proceeding...

Big three unveil low-cost, data only plans to criticism

telecom | 04/25/2018 6:08 pm EDT

Canada’s big three wireless carriers have responded to the CRTC’s...

FairPlay regime ineffective, counter to Telecom Act: opponents

Media | 04/05/2018 4:39 pm EDT

A proposal to implement a website-blocking system to fight piracy has drawn...

Cross-industry coalition calls for website-blocking

Media | 01/29/2018 6:21 pm EST

A broad coalition made up of Canada’s largest telecoms and broadcasters, as well as groups representing...

Bell copyright ask draws criticism, as others point to precedent

telecom | 09/26/2017 6:03 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has said it thinks Canada can tackle piracy by mandating that...

Alt TV managed service, doesn’t violate CRTC rules: Cope

Media | 05/15/2017 5:45 pm EDT

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. has launched a new TV product hoping to appeal to a segment of the market that’s less likely to subscribe to...

Net neutrality issues will re-emerge with IoT: MEI

telecom | 05/03/2017 9:04 pm EDT

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) will force a new perspective on net neutrality and zero-rating, a report from the Montreal Economic Institute argues. “The development of the Internet of Things will bring to the...

CRTC effectively bans most zero-rating in differential pricing decision

Media | 04/20/2017 8:04 pm EDT

As the CRTC banned most forms of differential pricing practices Thursday — including declaring that telecoms can’t pick and chose Internet content to zero-rate and...

Iristel, EBox, DHX among new lobby registrations

Media | 02/21/2017 9:54 pm EST

The start of the new year was marked by new registrations for new and not-so-new companies and groups in the federal lobbyists’ registry. Iristel Inc. registered to lobby the federal government as of Jan. 13 with consultant Eric Rothschild, who, according to the registry filing “will discuss with CRTC staff & Commissioners and staff at Innovation, Science and Economic Development potential funding available for telecommunications infrastructure.” Rothschild will also be speaking to the CRTC about “telecommunications services and policy...

Zero-rating regime should be similar to ITMP framework: CNOC

Media | 11/01/2016 12:50 am EDT

GATINEAU — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on differential pricing practices, a consortium representing small telecoms asked the CRTC to allow but regulate the practice of zero-rating,...

Bell mobile-TV appeal dismissed

Media | 06/20/2016 11:43 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the CRTC’s ban on BCE Inc.’s zero-rated mobile-TV plans, a year and a half after the commission ruled the company couldn’t exempt the service from data caps. In a...

Industry execs blast Quebec Internet-blocking, call for CRTC involvement

Media | 06/08/2016 12:29 am EDT

TORONTO — Executives from Canada’s telecom companies took aim at a new bill by the Quebec government that would force Internet service providers (ISPs) to block some gambling websites...

Bell-MTS deal raised in Manitoba legislature

telecom | 05/27/2016 6:51 pm EDT

The proposed $3.9-billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. by BCE Inc. dominated question period in the Manitoba legislature this week, with the opposition NDP peppering the governing Conservatives...

Bell-MTS deal weakens Rogers’ ability to compete: academics

telecom | 05/26/2016 9:27 pm EDT

In a submission to the Competition Bureau arguing that allowing BCE Inc. to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. would weaken wireless competition in the province, Carleton University’s Dwayne Winseck and Ben Klass state the merger would also affect Rogers Communications Inc.’s competitive power. They said “it is likely that Rogers’ position as a viable competitive alternative and constraint on the market power of [Bell and Telus Corp.] would be significantly weakened following the merger.” That’s because Rogers relies on a...

Court hears mobile-TV case

Media | 01/20/2016 8:27 pm EST

BCE Inc.'s appeal against a CRTC decision banning the provision of mobile-TV services that are not subject to regular data charges was heard by the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto on Tuesday, and the court is expected to render a decision some time in the coming months. Almost a year ago,...

Bell’s mobile-TV appeal hearing on Jan. 19

Media | 11/25/2015 6:30 pm EST

BCE Inc.'s challenge to the CRTC's decision to ban mobile-TV plans where data used does not count against customers' data caps will be heard before the Federal Court of Appeal on Jan. 19. A notice in the case file on the court's website indicates the hearing will be held in Toronto. Telecom researcher Ben Klass, who launched the...

Net-neutrality advocates cry foul over Videotron music service

Media | 08/27/2015 8:15 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron is giving itself an undue preference with a new service that allows its mobile customers to listen to music streaming without it counting against their...

Bell mobile-TV opponents call it OTT service

Media | 08/06/2015 8:36 pm EDT

Individuals fighting BCE Inc.’s appeal of a CRTC decision on its mobile-TV service in the Federal Court of Appeal have called it an “over-the-top” or OTT service, along the same lines of what...

Does VoLTE conflict with net neutrality?

Media | 04/10/2015 8:23 pm EDT

Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) had a small-scale launch in Canada recently, with Rogers Communications Inc. making the service that allows carriers to transmit voice calls on the same networks as data available to a portion of its...

Rogers includes NHL streaming, Shomi with new Internet packages

Media | 03/04/2015 9:50 pm EST

On Wednesday Rogers Communications Inc. announced a new brand of broadband Internet, Ignite, that comes bundled with subscriptions to two of Rogers' online video-streaming services. The company...

Bell seeking costs in appeal to overturn mobile-TV ruling

Media | 02/23/2015 9:34 pm EST

BCE Inc. is seeking to recover legal costs from a range of parties — including an advocacy group representing senior citizens, private individuals and companies in the telecommunications sector...

Mobile-TV ruling could be harbinger of streaming regulation: Klass

Media | 01/29/2015 9:53 pm EST

The CRTC’s ruling on Thursday that BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc.-owned Videotron can no longer exempt their mobile-TV services from data charges could have implications for the regulation of...

Trio calls on government to reign in major telecoms

Media | 11/20/2014 7:42 pm EST

Three industry observers, including two academics, have released an open letter to senior government officials that seeks strong measures to temper the power of major players in the telecommunications industry. The letter comes from Ben Klass, currently researching communications policy at Carleton University, Dwayne Winseck, a journalism and communications professor at Carleton, and CallNet Communications founder Mike Kedar.  It is addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, members of cabinet and CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais. The letter says "real changes" are expected...

Bell complaint could thwart Rogers’ hockey strategy: analyst

Media | 10/27/2014 5:54 pm EDT

Notwithstanding Guy Lawrence's recent remarks about rival BCE Inc. being a "crybaby," a market analyst says Rogers Communications Inc.’s strategy for NHL streaming could be affected by Bell's recent CRTC complaint. The analysis follows last week’s complaint by Bell that Rogers is contravening...

Rogers-Shaw merger seen as making ‘complete sense’

Media | 10/09/2014 8:07 pm EDT

A merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. has been the subject of speculation for years. As the various industries these companies participate in — broadcasting, TV distribution, landline phone services, Internet and, in Rogers' case, mobile — change rapidly, at least one...

Rogers’ mobile TV now counts against data cap

Media | 08/21/2014 9:08 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has changed the pricing of data used by its Anyplace TV app, writing on its website that as of Aug. 18, standard data charges would apply to customers who use the app while on its wireless network....

CRTC asking new questions on mobile-TV and wireless data throttling

telecom | 08/06/2014 9:23 pm EDT

The CRTC has issued new interrogatories in its proceeding looking at an undue preference complaint about mobile-TV services, asking BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Quebecor Inc.’s...

CRTC allows exception on affiliate rates

telecom | 06/16/2014 5:01 pm EDT

The CRTC said Monday it has allowed an exception to its rule that telecommunications service providers' affiliates must charge identical rates to the incumbent phone company that controls them when reselling its services that are subject to a tariff. The decision was in relation to an application Northwestel Inc. made late last year, the CRTC said. It said the northern phone-service provider, which is a subsidiary of BCE Inc., asked that Ardicom Digital Communications Inc., which it controls, be permitted to sell tariffed services it resells from Northwestel at rates higher than...

Mobile TV is not a broadcast distribution service: CNOC

Media | 05/13/2014 8:53 pm EDT

Mobile-TV services, such as that offered by BCE Inc.'s Bell Mobility subsidiary, are not broadcast distribution services, critics said in final reply letters that were due this week in a case...

‘Mobile TV is a broadcasting service’: Bell

Media | 04/28/2014 8:39 pm EDT

In defending their practice of charging rates separate from regular data charges for mobile-TV service, both Rogers Communications Ltd. and Quebecor Inc., in written submissions to the CRTC, talked about being in the early stages of trying to develop a market for this kind of service. BCE Inc., meanwhile, said its...

CRTC questions service providers in mobile-TV case

Media | 04/04/2014 6:41 pm EDT

The CRTC has sent out a series of questions to be answered by telecommunications service providers at the centre of a complaint over undue preference in providing mobile-TV services for flat fees. In a questionnaire sent Friday,...

Mobile TV not undue preference, promotes Canadian content: Rogers

Media | 03/06/2014 9:38 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.’s mobile-TV service upholds the Broadcasting Act by making Canadian content available and is not an undue preference, the company told the CRTC Wednesday. Rogers made...

CRTC idea could violate net neutrality: experts

Media | 03/03/2014 3:53 pm EST

A question posed by the CRTC in its review of television services, focusing on exempting over-the-top (OTT) services from Internet data caps, could have implications on net neutrality, according to some industry experts. In an...