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Maintaining NG911 network won’t exceed current costs: Quebecor

telecom | 01/19/2017 1:04 am EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The costs to maintain next-generation 911 (NG911) services in Canada will not cost more than what telecoms pay to maintain current 911 services, Quebecor Inc. said on the third day of the CRTC's hearing on the issue, despite some suggesting costs will increase on the new network. “From the beginning of the hearing, there seems to be this presumption that the new network will necessarily be more costly than the old one,” Dennis Béland, vice-president of telecommunications regulatory affairs at Quebecor Media, told the panel of commissioners. “We can't put a figure on it now, but we question this presumption that the...

Videotron goes on defence as differential pricing hearing wraps

Media | 11/04/2016 11:49 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Those who innovate shouldn’t be penalized because their competitors can’t keep up, the CRTC heard Friday from representatives of the telecom company partially responsible for this week’s public hearing on differential pricing practices. Quebecor Inc. appeared in front of the five-commissioner panel on the final day of the week-long hearing on net neutrality issues, including zero-rating and sponsoring data. For the majority of its nearly three-hour appearance, chairman Jean-Pierre Blais grilled the company’s reps over...

Keep broadband funding status quo: Quebecor

telecom | 04/28/2016 9:20 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — When it comes to funding broadband improvements, don’t “reinvent the wheel,” representatives from Quebecor Inc. told CRTC commissioners Thursday. “In our opinion, nothing would be...