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Shaw recommends industry contribution to rural broadband

telecom | 04/26/2016 9:45 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. broke rank with most of its industry colleagues Tuesday, stating its support for an industry-funded subsidy to help enhance broadband transport. During the company’s appearance at the CRTC’s basic services hearing in Gatineau, Que., Shaw vice-president of regulatory affairs Paul Cowling said the government would play the primary role in “closing the availability gaps that have been identified.” He noted the government included a $500 million rural broadband program in last month’s 2016 budget. “So when we looked at the...

Basic service should include wholesale rates: TekSavvy

Media | 04/11/2016 10:12 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on what basic telecom services should be available to all Canadians, small ISP TekSavvy Solutions Inc. asked the CRTC to include wholesale access in its definition of basic service. It suggested the CRTC change the definition of basic service from including the “capability to connect via low-speed data transmission to the Internet at local rates” to “capability to connect to the Internet via high-speed data transmission made available, where feasible, at reasonable wholesale rates.” Andy...

Mandating wholesale FTTH would be ‘another risk factor’: Bell

telecom | 11/26/2014 9:53 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — BCE Inc. told the CRTC Wednesday that many of its customers could be delayed from upgrading to an Internet connection faster than what's available through fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) if smaller Internet service providers receive the right to buy wholesale space on fibre-to-the-home networks (FTTH)....

TekSavvy asks CRTC for help to launch TV service

Media | 09/16/2014 9:15 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Independent ISP TekSavvySolutions Inc. told the CRTC Tuesday it is considering becoming a TV distributor, on the same day that it announced a “partnership” with Hastings Cable Vision Ltd., an...

Local TV needs another revenue stream: Bell

Media | 09/10/2014 9:13 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — BCE Inc. executives asked the CRTC Wednesday to put in place a “local specialty” model for local television stations, which it said are no longer financially sustainable. “The economics of...