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CNOC, advocates push gov’t to be tougher on affordability

telecom | 11/27/2020 11:38 am EST

The Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) and advocacy group OpenMedia told MPs the federal government needs to demonstrate more political will to bring lower internet and wireless prices to Canada, two days after Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains told the same...

Broadcast Act updates not comprehensive enough: NDP, Conservatives

Media | 11/03/2020 6:44 pm EST

The Liberal government’s proposed updates to the Broadcasting Act have received sharp criticism from opposition parties, while some advocates for Canadian content makers...

ISED: flanker brands prices falling, but not yet at 25% drop target

telecom | 10/29/2020 7:04 pm EDT

The federal government released its second quarterly check-in on wireless prices across Canada Thursday morning, as a follow up to the Liberal government’s plan to lower wireless prices 25 per cent...

Infrastructure Bank earmarks additional $1B for rural broadband

telecom | 10/01/2020 7:46 pm EDT

The Liberal government is doubling the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s...

Conservatives call for universal rural broadband by 2021

telecom | 05/06/2020 6:45 pm EDT

Under a rural broadband policy platform put out for public consultation by...

Cogeco to bring back overage fees as of May 1

telecom | 04/30/2020 2:10 pm EDT

Cogeco  Inc. will again start charging overage fees to its home internet customers who exceed their data limits as of Friday, with the company instead focusing on other measures it considers to “be more essential” to its...

Pump the brakes on COVID data tracking, advocacy groups warn

telecom | 04/15/2020 5:35 pm EDT

Despite the extraordinary desire to stop the spread of COVID-19, there is still no justification for mass unwarranted surveillance of identifiable people, according to a joint statement of principles released Wednesday by five different Canadian civil liberties and advocacy organizations.  According to the statement of principles from OpenMedia, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic at the University of...

Cablecos, Telus join Bell in petition to government on wholesale rate cut

telecom | 11/13/2019 1:03 pm EST

Wednesday saw a flurry of legal moves to overturn a CRTC decision that cut...

Internet code will indirectly tackle poor sales practices, CRTC chairman says

telecom | 07/31/2019 11:01 am EDT

CRTC chairman Ian Scott said the new internet code will address many of the...

All Canadian households will have 50/10 speeds by 2030: Morneau

Media | 03/19/2019 4:03 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is announcing $1.7 billion in new rural...

Onus is on telecoms to fix misleading sales practices: CRTC chairman

telecom | 02/20/2019 11:00 am EST

Canada’s telecommunications industry suffers from an “unacceptable...

Growing CRTC cost awards delays ‘problem for everybody’

Media | 12/18/2018 7:44 pm EST

Increases in how long the CRTC takes to pay public interest groups to...

More consumer groups say they won’t participate in CRTC internet code proceeding

telecom | 11/30/2018 3:59 pm EST

The list of consumer groups that say they won’t take part in the CRTC’s...

CRTC rural broadband fund speed targets draw criticism

telecom | 09/27/2018 5:51 pm EDT

The CRTC revealed Thursday the details of the $750 million rural broadband fund that’s been in the works for nearly two years, prompting criticism from some groups concerned about what they say are...

Cogeco hires lobbyist with wireless spectrum expertise

telecom | 07/03/2018 11:54 am EDT

Amir Bigloo, who has a history of successful spectrum purchases as CEO of...

EU committee approves internet filtering copyright directive

Media | 06/20/2018 4:43 pm EDT

A European Union committee has approved a controversial copyright directive that critics say could interfere with the sharing of online content. At issue are two articles under the directive. The first proposes that internet platforms like Facebook Inc. or Alphabet Inc.’s Google pay news companies to link to their content, called a “link tax.” The second includes copyright protections that would see the implementation of systems that would detect and block copyrighted material before it appears online, according to the directive. Detractors including the Electronic Frontier...

Bains says spectrum auction dates to give industry predictability

telecom | 06/06/2018 6:51 pm EDT

TORONTO — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced Wednesday the...

Privacy protections ‘implicit’ in C-59: CSE

telecom | 02/14/2018 3:49 pm EST

OTTAWA — Representatives from the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), when asked Tuesday about...

C-59 CSE hacking powers could put Canadians at risk: OpenMedia

telecom | 02/09/2018 2:06 pm EST

OTTAWA — The Canadian Security Establishment (CSE) could inadvertently be...

Cross-industry coalition calls for website-blocking

Media | 01/29/2018 6:21 pm EST

A broad coalition made up of Canada’s largest telecoms and broadcasters, as well as groups representing...

Bell copyright ask draws criticism, as others point to precedent

telecom | 09/26/2017 6:03 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has said it thinks Canada can tackle piracy by mandating that internet service providers (ISP) block websites with pirated material from being seen by subscribers through an administrative agency. “An independent body without any sort of judicial oversight is...

Increase transparency in RCMP stingray use: OPC

telecom | 09/14/2017 2:56 pm EDT

The federal privacy commissioner’s office has found that while RCMP use of IMSI catchers wasn’t...

Privacy commish asks Canadian gov’t to push for U.S. privacy protection

telecom | 03/10/2017 8:54 pm EST

The federal privacy watchdog is asking the government to petition its counterparts in the United States to include Canada in a list of countries whose citizens are afforded protection for their...

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...

Laura Tribe taking helm at OpenMedia

Media | 07/19/2016 5:33 pm EDT

OpenMedia announced Tuesday the appointment of Laura Tribe as its new executive director. According a letter posted on the advocacy group’s website from board chair Phillip Djwa, Tribe was selected to helm the...