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Connectivity, not content, is king, Carleton study says

Media | 12/14/2022 4:50 pm EST

A report issued by a Carleton University professor asserts that revenue from communications and internet access services and subscription services far surpass advertising revenues. They outstrip the ads by a 4.3:1 ratio. “The upshot of these developments is that, in an increasingly internet- and mobile wireless-centric world, it is network connectivity and subscriber fees, not advertising-supported media, that are king,” said the study, titled Growth and Upheaval...

Lack of clear CRTC industry data is an obstacle: small ISPs

telecom | 02/13/2019 8:47 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has filed a complaint with the CRTC flagging a concern that the regulator’s latest data report doesn’t provide a clear picture of the industry, which could make it more difficult for ISPs to present accurate info in future proceedings and to the panel reviewing Canada’s communications laws, according to companies and an academic. The Chatham-Ont.-based internet service provider (ISP) said in a Wednesday letter to the commission that information including internet resellers’ total share of communications revenues, wireline revenue market share, investments,...

CRTC approves telecoms’ proposed low-cost data plans

telecom | 12/17/2018 6:14 pm EST

The CRTC has chosen not to make changes to lower-cost data plans suggested...

Combine Heritage and ISED, move spectrum to CRTC: professor

telecom | 10/18/2018 2:16 pm EDT

The government should combine the Heritage and Innovation ministries, and...

As CRTC rejects FairPlay, proposal could move to legislative reviews

Media | 10/02/2018 11:20 am EDT

The CRTC has no jurisdiction to implement a system to block websites...

Senators asked to champion net neutrality in comms laws review

Media | 09/18/2018 6:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- Lawmakers need to make net neutrality a major priority and...

Senate committee calls for study of online ad tax deductibility

Media | 08/21/2018 4:10 pm EDT

The Senate transport and communications committee said Tuesday the government should hold a full study into the issue of taxing advertising on foreign online platforms. “Witnesses representing various segments of Canada’s media industry told the committee that...

Don’t opt for alternative low-cost plans, carriers warn CRTC

telecom | 06/29/2018 4:40 pm EDT

The big three wireless providers doubled down on their proposed low-cost,...

Low-cost data plans need higher caps, lower prices, CRTC hears

telecom | 06/14/2018 4:45 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is among those who are telling the CRTC that mandated low-cost, data-only plans should have more data on offer, in a move that raises the stakes of the regulator’s proceeding...

Historia, Series+ sale blocked in surprise move

Media | 05/28/2018 5:51 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has blocked the $200 million sale of the Historia and Series+ channels from Corus...

FairPlay regime ineffective, counter to Telecom Act: opponents

Media | 04/05/2018 4:39 pm EDT

A proposal to implement a website-blocking system to fight piracy has drawn...

Tech giants increasing grip on advertising in Canada: report

Media | 11/21/2017 3:57 pm EST

While the total amount of advertising money flowing to Canadian media has...

CBC ‘dimmer star’ in media landscape, conservative event hears

Media | 02/27/2017 6:15 pm EST

OTTAWA — When talking about CBC/Radio-Canada’s role in the media landscape, the public broadcaster is a “pygmy amongst giants,” and more focus should be aimed at large...

‘Separate silo’ approach to regulation wrong-footed in Internet age: report

telecom | 06/23/2016 7:08 pm EDT

Adjusting the existing legislation governing the telecommunications and broadcasting industries and putting more power in the hands of the CRTC could help address issues in Canada’s concentrated...

Bell-MTS deal raised in Manitoba legislature

telecom | 05/27/2016 6:51 pm EDT

The proposed $3.9-billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. by BCE Inc. dominated question period in the Manitoba legislature this week, with the opposition NDP peppering the governing Conservatives...

Bell-MTS deal weakens Rogers’ ability to compete: academics

telecom | 05/26/2016 9:27 pm EDT

In a submission to the Competition Bureau arguing that allowing BCE Inc. to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. would weaken wireless competition in the province, Carleton University’s Dwayne Winseck and Ben Klass state the merger would also affect Rogers Communications Inc.’s competitive power. They said “it is likely that Rogers’ position as a viable competitive alternative and constraint on the market power of [Bell and Telus Corp.] would be significantly weakened following the merger.” That’s because Rogers relies on a...

Connectivity beats content in telecom/media sector: report

Media | 11/03/2015 8:24 pm EST

The notion that "content is king" is challenged in a new report that points out that connectivity services take in significantly more revenue than content providers in Canada and have seen...

Trio calls on government to reign in major telecoms

Media | 11/20/2014 7:42 pm EST

Three industry observers, including two academics, have released an open letter to senior government officials that seeks strong measures to temper the power of major players in the telecommunications industry. The letter comes...

EU countries could be next for regulator-Netflix conflict

Media | 10/15/2014 6:09 pm EDT

When CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais faced off against Netflix Inc. in September, his ordering of the U.S.-based streaming service to give the CRTC information it had previously refused to provide...

Academics ask telcos about information disclosure to government

telecom | 01/22/2014 7:49 pm EST

A group of academics have written to Canada’s leading telecommunications-service providers to ask them about the sharing of customer information with government agencies. The academics sent...