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Canadian prices will ‘always be higher’: Bragg

telecom | 02/21/2020 7:40 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — According to Lee Bragg, CEO of Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink, it is “really ridiculous” to compare mobile wireless prices in Canada to those in the United States and Europe in any assessment of wireless affordability.  CRTC commissioner...

Samsung to unlock FM chip in new smartphones

Media | 01/12/2018 3:47 pm EST

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will unlock FM chips in its newer smartphones, according to a press release issued Tuesday. Emmis Communications Corp., the maker of the NextRadio smartphone app that works with smartphones’ built-in FM chip, said in the release that Samsung...

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...

Address diversity gaps when filling CRTC roles, minister told

Media | 01/17/2017 9:52 pm EST

Filling all 13 spots allotted to CRTC commissioners could go a long way in addressing what some are calling decades of ongoing disparity between the demographics of those who make decisions about the...

MacDonald talks competition for radio, set-top rating system

Media | 11/10/2016 7:08 pm EST

CRTC commissioner Christopher MacDonald said radio stations must build on their strengths in order to deal with increasing competition in a speech to the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB)...

Customers say skinny basic not worthwhile: study

Media | 04/15/2016 4:57 pm EDT

More than 66,000 Canadians have signed up for a skinny-basic TV package since its rollout on March 1, according to the CRTC. In a Friday press release, the regulator said a third of those who signed up also took...

Advocacy groups ask CRTC for subsidies, to ‘champion’ Internet access

telecom | 04/14/2016 8:02 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — CRTC commissioners drilled into what should constitute a need versus a want when it comes to access to broadband Internet Thursday, during the fourth day of a three-week hearing into basic telecom services. The majority of Thursday’s session was consumed by members of the Affordable Access Coalition as they faced questions from the five-person panel. The coalition is comprised of five advocacy groups: the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Association of...

Linda Vennard, Christopher MacDonald to join CRTC

Media | 05/05/2015 4:59 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais announced Tuesday that the federal government has appointed Linda Vennard and Christopher MacDonald as regional commissioners for the CRTC. A memo from Blais, forwarded to The Wire Report, said...