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60% of Connect to Innovate applicants still haven’t heard back

telecom | 05/09/2019 12:32 pm EDT

More than two years after the deadline to apply for funding through the federal government’s Connect to Innovate rural broadband program, the majority of those who submitted applications have yet to find out whether they were successful. The government received 892...

FRPC wants CanCon visibility on search engines

Media | 01/21/2019 12:50 pm EST

As a rule, when Canadians search keywords on the internet, they should be presented with Canadian content related to those searches, argues the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications. “New communications legislation must require online programming services to...

Raj Shoan sues government, former CRTC chairman over firing

telecom | 11/09/2018 12:32 pm EST

Former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan has filed a lawsuit against the federal...

Blais flagged gov’t non-compliance with payment card security standard

telecom | 10/05/2018 5:07 pm EDT

Seventeen of 34 government departments are “non-compliant” with private sector payment card industry standards they are required to follow to prevent data breaches and fraud, according to a June...

Jean-Pierre Blais new assistant deputy minister at PSPC

telecom | 03/08/2018 6:16 pm EST

The former chairman of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, is staying in the...

CRTC asks digital giants for info, promises confidentiality

Media | 02/05/2018 2:02 pm EST

As part of its government-ordered proceeding on future content distribution models, the CRTC is asking a number of companies — including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Netflix Inc. — for information...

Bell asks Supreme Court for stay, reversal of CRTC simsub decision

Media | 01/18/2018 4:12 pm EST

Weeks ahead of the 2018 Super Bowl, BCE Inc., along with the National Football League (NFL), is turning to the Supreme Court of Canada over the CRTC’s decision to ban...

CRTC shouldn’t have ‘a particular slant,’ new chairman says

Media | 09/22/2017 2:34 pm EDT

As the head of an organization that must hear and decide on issues that...

Bell files Part 1 against Super Bowl simsub order

Media | 08/01/2017 5:28 pm EDT

With six months until kick off, BCE Inc. and its supporters are asking the CRTC to put a freeze on its...

U.S. broadcasters look to resume retransmission row

Media | 07/21/2017 2:52 pm EDT

A group of American TV stations seems to be renewing its efforts to put compensation for signals...

Ian Scott ‘collegial’ choice for new CRTC chair: former colleagues

Media | 07/18/2017 11:49 am EDT

The choice of Ian Scott as the new chairman of the CRTC was greeted...

ADR files GIC petition over ignored emergency alert system

telecom | 07/11/2017 5:22 pm EDT

The federal cabinet should overturn a spring CRTC decision mandating...

How serious is the CRTC’s ‘unprecedented’ lack of commissioners?

Media | 07/10/2017 4:58 pm EDT

At the end of this week, following the departure of its vice-chairman of...

Stakeholder meetings status quo for CRTC, Shoan argues

Media | 07/05/2017 3:11 pm EDT

The encounters with stakeholders that formed part of the rationale for his...

WGC asks Joly to reverse CRTC licence decision

Media | 06/27/2017 5:50 pm EDT

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) has formalized its complaint against the CRTC’s recent TV licence...

Wawatay seeking appeal of Aboriginal radio licence decision

Media | 06/21/2017 5:04 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Wawatay Native Communications Society will ask for an appeal of the CRTC’s recent decision on five licences for Aboriginal radio stations, calling the decision to award the two Ontario licences to First Peoples Radio Inc. (FPR) — a new radio arm of Aboriginal...

Judith LaRocque named acting CRTC chair for 4-month term

Media | 06/19/2017 5:52 pm EDT

Judith LaRocque has been appointed acting CRTC chairwoman for a four-month...

Blais evokes praise, criticism as he leaves CRTC

Media | 06/19/2017 5:36 pm EDT

Now that former chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has departed the CRTC after five years at the helm, he leaves...

Blais pans, prophesizes in end-of-term speech

Media | 06/13/2017 1:48 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais used what may prove to be his final address as head of the telecom...

Blais confirms CRTC departure: report

Media | 06/12/2017 5:11 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais did not reapply for his job as CEO of the country’s telecom and broadcast regulator, according to a report by the Canadian Press. The wire service reported Monday that Blais “says he believes...

ISED suspends CASL lawsuit rules

telecom | 06/08/2017 11:53 am EDT

The federal government is suspending rules in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) that would make it possible to for lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for breaking the rules. In a press release Wednesday, Innovation Canada said the private right of action (PRA) provisions that were supposed to be in effect as of July 1 are on hold and will be reviewed by a parliamentary committee. According to a government backgrounder on the law, the private right of action provision would “allow an applicant to seek actual and statutory damages” unless the “person or organization against whom the contravention is alleged has entered into an undertaking or has been served with a Notice of Violation.” “Canadians deserve to be protected from spam and other electronic threats so that they can have confidence in...

CRTC demands NG911 network upgrade by 2020

telecom | 06/01/2017 6:06 pm EDT

The CRTC has started the clock on next-generation 911 (NG911) services, directing the country’s telcos to ready their networks to fully support sending emergency information via text, photo or video messages by the end of 2020....

Joly ‘studying’ CRTC licence decision after criticism

Media | 05/30/2017 1:36 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly told a parliamentary...

Rogers’ OMNI gets temporary mandatory distribution

Media | 05/15/2017 5:13 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. will get a three-year window to run its new national ethnic channel before having to compete with other proposals for its mandatory carriage, the CRTC announced Monday. The regulator partially...

Bell touts good relationship with PMO: Barclays

telecom | 05/08/2017 7:58 pm EDT

BCE Inc. believes the company currently has a “good working relationship” with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), according to a note from Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang, written following meetings...

Shoan vows court challenge of second dismissal from CRTC

Media | 05/05/2017 2:41 am EDT

Raj Shoan, the CRTC’s regional commissioner for Ontario who was fired again just four days after a return to his post, said he will be heading back to court to challenge the second...

Shoan back to work following CRTC reinstatement

Media | 05/02/2017 5:29 pm EDT

Raj Shoan, the once-former CRTC commissioner, returned to work Monday, following a 10-month gap in his role as the regional representative for Ontario. As Shoan put it in a statement issued over the weekend, his tenure was...

Shoan wins appeal of CRTC dismissal; judge sends decision for reconsideration

Media | 04/29/2017 12:23 am EDT

Raj Shoan was denied procedural fairness when he was fired from his job as the CRTC’s regional commissioner for Ontario last summer, three years into a five-year term, a Federal Court justice...

CRTC to launch women-in-production talks

Media | 04/27/2017 4:33 pm EDT

The CRTC will explore the topic of generating more participation of women in media production, according to Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais. Speaking at the annual awards gala for Women in Communications and...

CCSA leads March lobbying pack

Media | 04/21/2017 8:39 pm EDT

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) led the telecom field for lobbying the federal government in March, logging 15 communication reports for the month, according to the federal lobbyists’ registry. Those reports were split between organization president and CEO Jay Thomson and long-time consultant Harris Boyd, as they communicated with a variety of MPs, such as Opposition heritage critic Peter Van Loan, Liberal finance committee chair Wayne Easter and an Innovation Canada policy advisor. Boyd, who has been registered to lobby for CCSA for more than a decade, communicates with the government about CRTC broadcasting distribution regulations, namely “to ensure proposed changes do not increase license fees or financial contributions to Canadian programming or impose new obligations to carry programming...

CRTC effectively bans most zero-rating in differential pricing decision

Media | 04/20/2017 8:04 pm EDT

As the CRTC banned most forms of differential pricing practices Thursday — including declaring that telecoms can’t pick and chose Internet content to zero-rate and...

Telecoms shouldn’t be gatekeepers, Blais says ahead of differential pricing decision

Media | 04/18/2017 8:30 pm EDT

The CRTC may very well complete the record on net neutrality policy in Canada when it releases its decision Thursday afternoon on differential pricing practices,...

Bell says retroactive regulation can’t be basis for simsub ban

Media | 04/11/2017 9:11 pm EDT

The CRTC can’t retroactively apply regulations established almost a year after the fact to justify its prohibition simultaneous substitution during the broadcast of the National Football...

Wireless emergency alerts to be mandatory by April 2018

telecom | 04/06/2017 6:34 pm EDT

The CRTC has ordered wireless service providers to implement a system for the sending of emergency alerts over LTE networks that will be operational in a year’s time. In its...

CRTC considers future of Aboriginal radio in Ont., Alta. and B.C.

Media | 03/30/2017 9:03 pm EDT

A typically competitive process, disseminating new applications for radio licences seemed to take on a more culturally significant connotation for the CRTC as it navigated a three-day public hearing for urban Aboriginal radio stations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. At the end of the three-day public hearing this week, Jean-Pierre Blais said, according to a transcript, that after spending a few years as chairman of the CRTC, “you’d think it would get easier. And it’s...

Are provinces filling the federal broadband strategy gap?

telecom | 03/17/2017 6:57 pm EDT

Nova Scotia may not be formulating its provincial broadband plan as a direct response to federal inaction, but that doesn’t mean the provincial government isn’t acting out of a need to...

CRTC job postings extended

Media | 03/07/2017 7:51 pm EST

Four CRTC job postings have been extended for a second time, with prospective chairperson, vice-chairperson and regional commissioners having until March 15 to apply. The four jobs were first posted on the federal government’s appointment opportunities website in late January, with a deadline of Feb. 20. That deadline was pushed to March 6 and, on Tuesday, again extended...

Blais defends SimSub decision

Media | 03/03/2017 9:51 pm EST

Canada has one of the “world’s most open cultural markets” and the CRTC’s decision to ban simultaneous substitution during BCE Inc.’s broadcast of the National Football League’s...

Eliminate locked phones in Canada, Freedom Mobile tells CRTC

telecom | 02/08/2017 10:05 pm EST

In a departure from the positions of its fellow wireless providers, Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile suggested Wednesday the CRTC should forbid carriers from charging...

Don’t divorce handset, service pricing: wireless providers

telecom | 02/07/2017 10:15 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Changing the rules so that the cost of a wireless device is divorced from a monthly service payment on a customer’s bill would take a considerable amount of work to...

Blais calls out demands for ‘political interference’ with CRTC

Media | 02/02/2017 9:04 pm EST

OTTAWA — CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais used his opening remarks at a panel discussion Thursday to criticize individuals who are calling for “political interference” in the...

CRTC jobs, vacant or not, posted

Media | 01/24/2017 10:50 pm EST

Heritage Canada has issued a series of help-wanted ads for the CRTC — including for the not-yet vacant position of chair. Four new job openings are now on the government’s appointments website for the roles of chair,...

National 911 operator could disrupt regional relationships: PSAP

telecom | 01/17/2017 11:14 pm EST

Forming a national consortium for the development of next-generation 911 (NG911) services would disrupt relationships formed under the current ILEC model, a British Columbia public-safety answer point...

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 country’s broadcasting and telecommunications sectors and the rest of Canada, according to advocacy groups, community broadcasters and researchers keeping an eye on the composition of the regulator. There are six vacant positions on the commission, following the departure of Candice Molnar, whose five-year term as the regional commissioner for Manitoba and Saskatchewan ended Jan. 9. With...

CRTC should take charge in next-generation 911 rollout, regulator hears

telecom | 01/16/2017 11:17 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC should take a leading role — at least temporarily — in co-ordinating the development of next-generation 911 services, the regulator...

Unifor asks for suspension of SimSub ban

Media | 01/12/2017 5:12 pm EST

The union representing members of the television and media sectors is asking the CRTC to reverse or suspend its decision banning simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl in order for its impact to be fully considered. In...

50 Mbps speeds, LTE part of CRTC’s new basic service requirements

telecom | 12/21/2016 9:14 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Advocates are calling the CRTC’s new basic service requirements — which include a minimum of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds and LTE coverage —...

CRTC to go ahead with French-language music review

Media | 12/02/2016 5:52 pm EST

The CRTC announced Thursday that it will go ahead with a hearing on rules governing French-language vocal music on commercial radio stations that had been postponed since last year. The commission is allowing parties,...

Public consultation before closing TV stations unwarranted: Bell, Rogers

Media | 12/02/2016 12:53 am EST

GATINEAU, Que. — CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais floated the idea that the commission should require a public consultation before a broadcaster closes a TV station during the last day of its hearing on English-language TV licence renewals.   The question was put forth by Blais to BCE Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. during the reply phase of the hearing Thursday. Currently, broadcasters can shut down local stations...

Pick-and-pay still has many ‘pitfalls’ for consumers: PIAC

Media | 12/01/2016 10:24 pm EST

As the CRTC’s rules requiring all TV providers to allow customers to sign up for channels individually came into effect Thursday, the regulator emphasized that consumers have to take...

Shoan drops second case on Blais’ power to name panels

telecom | 11/30/2016 8:29 pm EST

Former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan won’t pursue a second challenge regarding the ability of the CRTC chairman to name panels, after a judge dismissed a similar application last month....

Mandatory carriage for OMNI only option, Rogers tells CRTC panel

Media | 11/28/2016 10:54 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Rogers Communications Inc. said it understands the irony of asking for mandatory carriage for its proposed new regional OMNI service, but that it’s the only way...

Shoan dismissal part of ‘witch hunt,’ former commissioner says

Media | 11/25/2016 9:16 pm EST

Former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan is alleging that Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and the governor-in-council (GIC) have effectively participated in a “witch hunt” against him by...

Siding with critics would be ‘grave disservice’: Blais

Media | 11/25/2016 1:29 am EST

OTTAWA — The CRTC has transformed over the past few years to become less binary — with outcomes that were strictly either pro-business or pro-consumer — in its decision making and more into an organization that finds the balance that best serves the public interest, according to chairman...

Skinny basic best practices not enough to ‘scare’ BDUs: PIAC

Media | 11/21/2016 9:50 pm EST

The best practices for TV service providers offering skinny-basic cable packages announced by the CRTC Monday don’t amount to much more than lip service, with no real consequences for...

CRTC chair OK with being ‘disruptive showman’

Media | 11/16/2016 11:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — With more than six months left in his term as CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais isn’t ready to start using the word “legacy” in relation to his term as head of the Canadian regulator, but in a...

Judith LaRocque named CRTC vice-chair of broadcasting

Media | 11/14/2016 6:24 pm EST

The CRTC has named Judith LaRocque its new vice-chairwoman of broadcasting, a year after the position was left open following the departure of Tom Pentefountas. According to an email sent to...

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...

CRTC hears opposite takes on social benefits of zero-rating

Media | 11/03/2016 10:29 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — The question of whether differential pricing practices (DPPs) can be used for socially beneficial purposes came up on the fourth day of the CRTC’s hearing on DPPs...

No proven harm from differential pricing: Bell

Media | 11/01/2016 9:41 pm EDT

GATINEAU — The CRTC shouldn’t take the non-participation in this week’s hearing by content providers who might eventually benefit from zero-rating and other differential pricing practices as non-interest, a...

Blais can name panels: Federal Court of Appeal

Media | 10/24/2016 9:33 pm EDT

TORONTO — A panel of Federal Court of Appeal justices dismissed an application from former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan challenging the authority of chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to name commissioners to panels. Following a...

CIPF criticism ‘misleading,’ Blais tells committee

Media | 10/20/2016 8:55 pm EDT

OTTAWA — CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defended the rationale and timing of the regulator’s controversial decision to change the eligibility requirements to access certified independent...

CRTC not twiddling thumbs as industry changes: Blais

Media | 10/20/2016 8:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — On the same day that a new report was released arguing the CRTC’s role and authority should be reduced in response to technological change, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defended the relevance of the commission in the digital age in front of a Parliamentary committee. “The Internet and its wide range of applications and opportunities has changed the landscape and yet Ottawa’s digital policy and legal framework has failed to keep up,” the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) report said. “Regulating how much Canadian content is shown...

Wholesale rate decision could lead to focus on flanker brands, analysts say

telecom | 10/07/2016 8:17 pm EDT

In the days after the CRTC issued a decision that lowered wholesale wireline Internet rates proposed by large Internet Service Providers (ISPs), financial analysts said the large telecoms could...

CRTC’s lowering of HSA rates means small ISPs ‘free to innovate’: CNOC

telecom | 10/06/2016 8:00 pm EDT

The CRTC has set revised interim wholesale rates for high-speed access (HSA) services, criticizing large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for proposing “unreasonable” rates that were too...

CRTC launches video relay service, will keep an eye on data usage

telecom | 09/28/2016 9:18 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — The first national video relay service (VRS) for hearing-impaired Canadians launched Wednesday, with the CRTC and companies involved in the project saying they’ll...

Innovation, cybersecurity, CanCon on agenda as Parliament resumes

Media | 09/19/2016 2:54 pm EDT

After 13 weeks off from the Parliament Hill routine, MPs returned en masse to Ottawa Monday for the start of the House of Commons’ fall session, where the stage is set for forward...

PIAC says customers need better skinny basic info

Media | 09/08/2016 9:12 pm EDT

GATINEAU — On the final day of a two-day hearing, consumer groups told a CRTC panel that the regulator should set standards for how companies present information about their skinny-basic packages, while CRTC commissioner...

CRTC grills telecoms on skinny basic promotion, bundling

Media | 09/08/2016 1:01 am EDT

GATINEAU — A CRTC panel pressed Canada's largest TV service providers on whether they were doing enough to bring attention to new skinny-basic services, raising concerns that higher-tier...

Reinstating Shoan ‘not in public interest’: AG

Media | 09/06/2016 9:36 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Last week’s decision from a Federal Court judge setting aside an investigation and decision that former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan committed workplace harassment should weigh heavily in his favour for...

Federal court upends Shoan harassment finding

Media | 09/02/2016 6:08 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge has overturned a 2015 CRTC decision that former commissioner Raj Shoan harassed a senior staff member, ruling he was denied procedural fairness in the investigation leading up to the decision. In...

Commission admits to factual error in CIPF decision

Media | 09/01/2016 8:54 pm EDT

The CRTC has admitted it made an error in a recent decision by attributing an argument made by Rogers Communication Inc.’s group of funds to the Canada Media Fund (CMF). In a press release Thursday, the Writers’ Guild of Canada (WGC) said that in the decision, the CRTC referred to arguments made by the CMF in favour of loosening the requirements necessary for a production to qualify for funding from the Canadian Independent Production Funds (CIPFs). Those arguments were actually made by the Rogers Group of Funds. The CRTC changed its decision to reflect...

Blais says critics of CIPF decision should have spoken up earlier

Media | 09/01/2016 3:38 pm EDT

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has responded to criticism by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) of its recent decision on Canadian Independent Production...

CRTC opens Wireless Code review

telecom | 07/28/2016 7:38 pm EDT

The CRTC will be holding a public hearing as part of its review of the wireless code governing the conduct of service providers, the regulator announced Thursday. Scheduled to begin Feb. 6, 2017, in Gatineau,...

Ontario fibre project gets federal-provincial boost

telecom | 07/26/2016 8:29 pm EDT

The federal and Ontario governments are investing up to $180 million into a new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network designed to connect about 300 southwestern Ontario communities to high-speed Internet, officials announced Tuesday,...

Joly, Vennard respond to Shoan appeal, allegations of bias

telecom | 07/11/2016 7:51 pm EDT

A CRTC commissioner is refuting allegations of inappropriate conduct and racism levied by a former colleague, Raj Shoan, the recently fired representative for Ontario. Included in documents filed...

Shoan appeals dismissal from CRTC post

telecom | 07/06/2016 2:06 pm EDT

Fired CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan is asking the Federal Court to “urgently” intervene in the order-in-council issued last month that ended his appointment with the regulator. On Tuesday, lawyers for Shoan filed a motion asking for a stay of the governor-in-council’s decision to remove him from his post two years before the end of his five-year term. Shoan was fired as the Ontario regional CRTC commissioner on June 24 after more than a year of legal wrangling with the commission and, particularly, chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, over the regulator’s policies and...

Shoan out as CRTC commissioner, appealing dismissal

telecom | 06/24/2016 8:08 pm EDT

In a “highly unusual” move, Raj Shoan, the CRTC commissioner representing Ontario, was removed from his post by the federal government on Friday, capping off a 14-month period of legal strife between Shoan and the...

OECD members commit to new digital initiatives

telecom | 06/24/2016 4:02 pm EDT

Ministers from 41 countries and the EU have committed to upholding certain initiatives to adjust to the new realities of a digital economy. Members at the OECD’s 2016 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting held in Cancun,...

Impartiality, authority of CRTC chairman called into question in harassment review hearing

Media | 06/21/2016 11:19 pm EDT

TORONTO — A reasonable person could make the link between the comments that CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais made as a witness during a harassment investigation...

Blais can name panels: Attorney general

Media | 06/02/2016 6:58 pm EDT

The attorney general’s office is arguing that the CRTC chairman has the authority to name panels to decide issues in front of the commission, in response to a court case launched by commissioner Raj Shoan challenging his...

Four telecoms singled out for skinny-basic hearing

Media | 05/24/2016 9:36 pm EDT

The CRTC said Tuesday it will hold a hearing on the implementation of skinny basic TV packages, though it only asked four companies — BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc.,...

Shoan launches second challenge to Blais’ power to name panels

telecom | 05/24/2016 5:04 pm EDT

CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan has filed another court challenge regarding the ability of CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to assign commissioners to panels that make decisions on issues before the...

CRTC launches review of zero-rating, sponsored data

Media | 05/18/2016 9:32 pm EDT

Net neutrality advocates welcomed the CRTC’s launch of a new consultation on “differential pricing practices” for both wireline and wireless data plans Wednesday, a process that will see a public hearing kick off...

No charging after cancellation, CRTC reminds service providers

telecom | 05/05/2016 6:50 pm EDT

The CRTC issued a clarification Thursday reminding telecommunications service providers that they can’t charge for services once they’ve been cancelled. “Furthermore,...

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 more effective than a recommendation from the commission to the federal government to use additional funds for an immediate relaunch of Connecting Canadians,” Videotron president and CEO Manon Brouillette said, referring to the $500 million rural broadband spending announced in last month’s federal budget. The expiring $305-million program “is one of...

Redirect voice subsidy to broadband, CRTC panel hears

telecom | 04/21/2016 9:37 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — With the use of landlines declining across the country, the money collected for the provision of universal phone service should be reallocated to cover areas of the country underserved by broadband...

Low-income access to affordable Internet is ‘poverty issue’: Bell

Media | 04/19/2016 11:20 pm EDT

Canadians who can’t afford Internet access don’t face an “affordability problem,” but a “poverty issue that is in need of a social safety net,” which should be addressed by different levels of government, Robert Malcolmson, BCE Inc.’s senior vice-president of regulatory...

In ‘unusual’ move, Blais calls for national digital strategy

telecom | 04/18/2016 10:37 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — The ongoing basic services hearing may be the “last, best chance” for the CRTC and the stakeholders appearing before its five-person panel to formulate some...

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...

Basic service should include wholesale rates: TekSavvy

Media | 04/11/2016 10:12 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on what basic telecom services should be available to all Canadians, small ISP TekSavvy Solutions Inc. asked the CRTC to...

Internet speeds beating benchmarks: CRTC

telecom | 03/31/2016 10:45 pm EDT

The majority of broadband wireline Internet services sold to Canadian homes meet or exceed their advertised speeds, suggest the preliminary findings of a CRTC-commissioned study on broadband Internet performance. "Based on...

I’m not your adversary, Blais tells marketers

Media | 03/22/2016 4:51 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a speech to the Canadian Marketing Association in Toronto Tuesday that “legitimate marketers” should welcome anti-spam rules. “They’re not going anywhere....

As skinny basic arrives, experts doubt consumer appeal

Media | 03/01/2016 9:41 pm EST

On the day Canadian TV providers were required to make their skinny basic options available to consumers, experts expressed skepticism about how many Canadians will sign up for the new offers and...

CRTC won’t change course despite appeals, criticism: Blais

Media | 02/17/2016 11:05 pm EST

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said Wednesday the CRTC will stick to the course of action it has set despite disapproval by those who feel the CRTC’s direction “upsets their entitlements...

CBC wants in on news fund despite $150M funding increase

Media | 01/29/2016 8:29 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada told the CRTC Friday that if it sets up a fund for local news, the public broadcaster should be able to participate, despite the Liberal government’s promise to increase its...

News fund ‘distant second-best solution’ to local TV problem: Rogers

Media | 01/28/2016 11:41 pm EST

GATINEAU — Rogers Communications Inc. said on the fourth day of the CRTC’s hearing into local and community TV that it doesn’t think the creation of a fund for local news is the best...

Bell, Channel Zero tell CRTC local TV needs help

Media | 01/26/2016 12:57 am EST

GATINEAU — The first day of the CRTC’s hearing on local and community television painted a picture of traditional TV in flux, as operators of conventional stations said declining ad revenue is making local TV...

TV service provider code takes effect September 2017

Media | 01/07/2016 10:21 pm EST

Television service providers have another 20 months before they are forced to abide by a new code governing their relationship with customers. The CRTC on Thursday released a finalized version of its television service provider code, which will, among other things, require broadcast distributors to provide easy-to-understand information about what channels a customer is getting, clarity about the duration of promotional offers and time commitments a consumer must undertake, explicit information on charges or taxes that might be applied on top of an advertised price, and provide 30 days notice...