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Former CRTC commissioners criticize Harnessing Change report

Media | 11/07/2018 7:15 pm EST

TORONTO —  The idea of cross-subsidization of industries did not find many open arms on the final day of the ISP Summit on Wednesday, as former CRTC commissioners spoke in favour of maintaining the line between the role of broadcasting and telecommunications. “If...

‘An existential crisis’: CNOC files Part 1 on disaggregated criteria

telecom | 11/07/2018 5:13 pm EST

TORONTO — An industry group representing smaller internet providers is asking the CRTC to reconsider aspects of its disaggregated wholesale internet service regime, which it...

Any CanCon ISP tax should consider ‘economic consequences’: CNOC lawyer

Media | 11/09/2016 10:33 pm EST

TORONTO — The heritage ministry and the CRTC should engage in a more balanced discussion on what to do about taxes in support of cultural content, as both seem to be moving in...

Canada a ‘laggard’ in ICT investment, growth, forum hears

telecom | 06/01/2016 10:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada needs to “come to grips” with its lagging productivity and mobile broadband penetration if it wants to compete on the global stage, panellists said Wednesday during...

Liberals’ infrastructure plans could extend to telecom: lawyer

Media | 11/12/2015 1:44 am EST

TORONTO — The newly elected Liberal government has indicated infrastructure will be a priority, and that could include telecom infrastructure, said lawyer Chris Tacit during a panel...

Small ISPs tell CRTC they want to invest in ‘middle mile’

telecom | 11/25/2014 10:17 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Representatives from Canada’s small Internet service providers on Tuesday asked the CRTC to open up more of the incumbents’ broadband networks, mandating wholesale...

Blais’ differences with government come into focus

telecom | 10/10/2014 9:14 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais' differences with his government bosses came to the fore during two recent hearings on key telecommunications policy matters. In the two hearings, one on the future of the TV industry and another on the wholesale wireless market, Blais has had to chart a challenging course between incumbent companies and upstart challengers while asserting his agency’s independence in the face of what some labeled government interference. On Sept 8., the first day of the CRTC’s two-week Let’s Talk TV hearing, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said the government would not allow for the imposition of a “Netflix and YouTube tax,” and followed up with a statement on the last day of the hearing that said the government “will not...