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Michael Garbe new head of CNOC

telecom | 07/13/2016 4:35 pm EDT

Michael Garbe is taking over as chairman and CEO of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), while former president and chairman Bill Sandiford and former treasurer Kevin Blumberg will stay with the organization in different capacities. “CNOC is grateful for the commitment and passion both Bill and Kevin brought to the organization, and we look forward to their continued contributions in their new roles. Their steady leadership has been critical during this dynamic regulatory era. As incoming [chair], I will rely on their on-going advice to move the organization forward,” Garbe said in a Tuesday press release. Garbe, the CEO of enterprise-focused ISP Accelerated Connections Inc., was previously vice-chairman of CNOC, the release noted. Distributel Communications Ltd. CEO Matt Stein is the new...

CRTC to reconsider current wholesale Internet rates

telecom | 03/31/2016 8:40 pm EDT

The CRTC issued Thursday a new approach to how the rates small companies pay large telecoms for wholesale Internet services are set, stating that “current wholesale [high-speed access] service rates are likely not just and reasonable.” It directed large telecoms to file new cost studies relating to the rates they charge for wholesale high-speed Internet access. The new prices that come out of that costing process will apply to all wholesale high-speed access (HAS) rates, which the CRTC made interim “as of the date of this decision.” That means any changes to the rates...

CRTC denies call to change MVNO mandated access rules

telecom | 02/18/2016 10:15 pm EST

The CRTC is standing by its decision to not require national wireless service providers to provide wholesale access for "full" mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), denying an application filed last summer by the...

Rising wholesale Internet rates have reached ‘critical status’: CNOC

telecom | 05/04/2015 8:30 pm EDT

The rates large telecom companies charge small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to access their wireline networks have reached extreme levels and are eroding competition “with every passing day,” according to a CRTC application filed by the Canadian Networks Operators Consortium (CNOC). “The amount of...

CRTC sides with small ISPs on Shaw Internet pricing dispute

telecom | 03/02/2015 9:24 pm EST

The CRTC ruled against Shaw Communications Inc.’s proposed new prices for third-party Internet access on Monday, approving interim wholesale broadband rates that are roughly half what the...

CRTC gives 90 days for talks on wholesale Internet service dispute

telecom | 02/12/2015 9:44 pm EST

The CRTC is demanding that four of Canada’s largest cable companies and small ISPs represented by the Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) work out a dispute over customer service...

Court decision muddies lawful access rules for ISPs: Lawford

telecom | 06/13/2014 9:00 pm EDT

Friday’s Supreme Court decision requiring law enforcement to get a warrant in order to obtain customers’ personal information from Internet service providers muddies the water around lawful access legislation, according to lawyer John Lawford, executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). In the unanimous opinion, Judge Thomas Cromwell said the reasonable expectation of privacy on the Internet includes anonymity, and that warrantless requests for subscriber information, as routinely practiced under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents...

CIRA appoints Mehinagic, Sandiford as board officers

telecom | 10/29/2013 8:50 pm EDT

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) appointed Susan Mehinagic as its new board chair and Bill Sandiford as its new vice-chair, the organization said. CIRA said in a release that Mehinagic, a chartered accountant and lawyer, was picked as chair at a board meeting Tuesday and will serve on a two-year term. Sandiford, the president of the...

Small ISPs say their potential footprint is shrinking due to fibre upgrades

telecom | 10/15/2013 8:47 pm EDT

Small Internet service providers (ISPs) will find themselves blocked out of more markets as incumbent providers continue their fibre-to-the-home network upgrades, particularly if the CRTC does not...