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Bell mobile-TV opponents call it OTT service

Media | 08/06/2015 8:36 pm EDT

Individuals fighting BCE Inc.’s appeal of a CRTC decision on its mobile-TV service in the Federal Court of Appeal have called it an “over-the-top” or OTT service, along the same lines of what Netflix Inc. offers. Ben Klass, David Ellis and Fenwick McKelvey made the categorization in a filing this week that argues why Bell should not be allowed to offer such a service to its mobile customers that bypasses regular data charges for a fee of $5 month, as the CRTC ruled in January. The filing argued that Bell was giving its own service an undue advantage with this...

Bell seeking costs in appeal to overturn mobile-TV ruling

Media | 02/23/2015 9:34 pm EST

BCE Inc. is seeking to recover legal costs from a range of parties — including an advocacy group representing senior citizens, private individuals and companies in the telecommunications sector — in a case it has brought before the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn a January CRTC ruling that compelled it to treat video streamed through its mobile-TV app like any other data. In a Feb. 20 court filing, Bell said it is seeking costs from those involved in the CRTC’s process, including telecom researcher Ben Klass, who filed the original complaint against Bell in 2013, the...