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Fewer phones than expected emergency alert compatible: official

telecom | 09/24/2018 5:48 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Those in charge of the wireless emergency alert system overestimated how many Canadians had compatible phones that allow them to receive the alerts, Patrick Tanguy, assistant deputy minister of emergency management and programs at Public Safety Canada said...

Kurt Eby joins Pelmorex

Media | 02/14/2017 7:35 pm EST

Kurt Eby, former director of regulatory and government affairs for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), has taken a new role with Pelmorex Media Inc. According to his LinkedIn account, Eby left the CWTA after nearly five years for the Toronto-based position as Pelmorex’s director of regulatory and government relations in January. Prior to joining the CWTA, Eby was a senior manager in Nordicity’s Ottawa office. Long-time director of communications Marc Choma also left the CWTA in January. He has been replaced by Sophie Paluck, who was previously a senior communications advisor with the Competition Bureau, according to her LinkedIn account, as well as owner of her own communications consulting company, Consonance. In an email, Paluck confirmed that Eby’s role has not yet been filled....

Tie tax change to rural broadband: finance committee

telecom | 12/14/2016 10:39 pm EST

A House of Commons committee has recommended that if changes to the tax structure for telecom expenses are implemented in next year’s budget, they be tied to rural broadband investment. In a report tabled in Parliament Dec....

Wireless industry needs ‘stick’ to boost rural coverage: MP

Media | 10/27/2016 11:55 pm EDT

OTTAWA — While traditionally, government funding has been directed to boost fixed Internet service, perhaps there should be some public assistance for improving wireless coverage, a member of...

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...

Tax changes, rural investment should be in new budget: committee

telecom | 03/14/2016 9:13 pm EDT

The federal government should incorporate an industry suggestion to spur telecom investment by making changes to the tax system into the upcoming 2016 budget, according to the House of Commons...

Tax changes would spur telecom investment: industry groups

telecom | 02/18/2016 2:38 am EST

OTTAWA — Changing the tax system could increase the level of investment in wireless network infrastructure, the House of Commons standing committee on finance heard Wednesday night as part of the 2016 pre-budget consultations. Submissions from two industry groups asked lawmakers to consider increasing the capital cost allowance (CCA) — which businesses can claim for depreciable expenses — for classes of machinery and equipment used to build and operate network infrastructure. Kurt Eby, director of regulatory affairs and government relations for the Canadian Wireless...

Public safety spectrum set-aside raises questions: analyst

telecom | 04/23/2015 3:03 pm EDT

The federal government’s proposal to set aside more spectrum and spend $3 million next year to plan for a dedicated public-safety wireless broadband network, as detailed in the budget released...

App business thriving within Canada’s wireless industry: CWTA report

telecom | 12/09/2014 8:50 pm EST

A recent study on the wireless industry's effects on the Canadian economy in 2013 showed a shift favouring businesses involved in applications and content, and against those involved in devices and other hardware. The study was done for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) by research company...

How scarce is wireless spectrum, really?

telecom | 12/17/2013 7:17 pm EST

The auction for 700 MHz spectrum — for years the focus of much anticipation within telecommunications circles — is almost upon us. In an age when wireless waves are a key part of the infrastructure that allows people...