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Government investing in new cyber security initiatives

telecom | 08/13/2019 5:45 pm EDT

The federal government announced on Monday the creation of the CyberSecure Canada program, a new certification program for Canadian businesses to further promote cyber security as a central tenet of commercial enterprise. In a release from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, the department describes the program as “voluntary” and says it is designed for  “small and medium-sized organizations [to] achieve a baseline level of cyber security.” Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement on behalf of Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains at the University of New...

Heritage working groups examining regulation of online content

Media | 07/30/2019 3:17 pm EDT

Heritage Canada has commissioned seven working groups that are looking at how to modernize the Broadcasting Act, parallel to the government-appointed expert panel whose recommendations are due in January. An April briefing note for Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez lists...

Broadcast news tax credit exclusion means cuts ‘inevitable’: CAB

Media | 07/02/2019 5:27 pm EDT

The independence of the panel that will determine which print news...

Sales tax regime for digital services outdated: auditor general

Media | 05/07/2019 6:06 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canadian companies that sell digital products which are subject...

Singh vows to ‘stand up to the rich telecommunication companies’

telecom | 03/22/2019 4:47 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is putting cell phone and internet affordability...

All Canadian households will have 50/10 speeds by 2030: Morneau

Media | 03/19/2019 4:03 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is announcing $1.7 billion in new rural...

Rural broadband spending should be priority in next budget: NDP MP

telecom | 02/21/2019 6:49 pm EST

Parliamentarians who stuck around the House of Commons for a Wednesday evening debate on a Liberal motion to take a hard look at Canada’s rural broadband gap said spending on underserved areas must be high up on the government’s agenda. “The NDP calls on the government to make the overdue, substantial investment in rural connectivity a priority in the 2019 federal budget,” NDP MP Wayne Stetski said on Wednesday, adding the 2018 budget didn’t do enough for rural Canadians who...

Bell grows fixed wireless plans by 400,000 homes

telecom | 02/07/2019 3:26 pm EST

BCE Inc. says it will grow its rural fixed-wireless plans by 50 per cent, thanks to new tax measures the Liberal government announced last fall aimed at promoting investments in rural areas. Company CEO George Cope announced...

New rural development minister to tackle broadband availability

telecom | 01/14/2019 2:33 pm EST

After the auditor general blasted the government for not having a clear...

Corus expecting TV ad revenue to stabilize in a ‘handful’ of years

Media | 10/19/2018 5:57 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s wild ride through the unpredictable TV ad...

Canada waiting on other countries for new digital tax rules: Morneau

Media | 10/12/2018 5:23 pm EDT

Canada has been “pushing hard” to speed up development of a plan for...

Cogeco hires lobbyist with wireless spectrum expertise

telecom | 07/03/2018 11:54 am EDT

Amir Bigloo, who has a history of successful spectrum purchases as CEO of...

Cybersecurity, LEO satellites, data on OTT services in federal budget

Media | 02/27/2018 4:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — The 2018 federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon, includes...

Sidewalk Labs, civil liberties group register to lobby

Media | 01/08/2018 4:14 pm EST

Alphabet Inc.’s Sidewalk Labs kicked off the new year by registering to...

Government repeats no ISP tax in Heritage report review

Media | 10/18/2017 7:35 pm EDT

The federal government reiterated a previously held position that it will not implement taxes on internet service providers (ISP) in favour of Canadian content in a review of an earlier Heritage...

Facebook beefs up lobbying squad

Media | 03/21/2017 3:04 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. is increasing its government relations presence in Ottawa, with three new registrations filed with the lobbying commissioner’s office last month. According to the federal lobbyists’ registry, the social media giant has contracted the services of U.K.-based consulting firm AA Access Partnership Ltd., bringing the number of consultants registered to lobby on behalf of Facebook to nine. Each of the three new consultants is registered to communicate with the House of Commons, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada about infrastructure, science and technology and telecommunications, according to the registry. The focus of these new registrations is “Canadian international telecommunications policy as it pertains to global broadband...

Federal budget coming March 22

Media | 03/07/2017 9:52 pm EST

The federal budget will be presented March 22, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Tuesday. Morneau will rise to give the budget speech at 4 p.m. that day in the House of Commons, marking the Liberal...

Telus rolls out welcome mat to lead Dec. lobbying numbers

Media | 01/23/2017 9:28 pm EST

Telus Corp. led the telecom pack in December for government relations activity, according to the federal lobbyists’ registry, logging 14 monthly communication reports. In addition to...

Could telecom be next after new airline foreign ownership rules?

telecom | 11/08/2016 9:58 pm EST

Industry watchers said last week’s announcement by the federal government that it was loosening foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines probably isn’t indicative of a coming shift...

Post budget, Liberal telecom policy remains unclear

telecom | 03/23/2016 11:03 pm EDT

The budget didn't offer many clues about the Liberals' telecommunications strategy, but that might in itself be a hint as to where the new government will go, according to experts. Unlike budgets from the previous...

Rural broadband, CBC funding in 2016 federal budget

Media | 03/22/2016 8:27 pm EDT

In its first budget, the new Liberal government is continuing the previous Conservative government’s practice of setting aside funds for broadband service in underserved areas, cyber security and research frameworks, according to the financial plan released Tuesday, but isn’t shedding much light on its own telecommunications strategy. Budget documents highlighted a five-year investment of $500 million, starting with $6 million in 2016-17, for a new program to “extend and enhance broadband service in rural and remote communities.” A pre-budget report by the House of...