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ISED rejects request to delay 3500 MHz auction following MVNO decision

telecom | 04/29/2021 6:31 pm EDT

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has rejected a call by the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) and its member company Distributel Communications...

CNOC asks CRTC for interim framework on fibre resale rates

telecom | 01/08/2021 6:25 pm EST

Frustrated with what it said is the deteriorating state of competition in the provision of retail broadband services, the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) Friday filed a Part 1 application calling on the CRTC to implement a "retail Internet service resale"...

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...

CRTC process and delays take centre stage at CNOC ISP Summit

telecom | 11/05/2020 11:16 am EST

A day after CRTC chairman Ian Scott addressed the Competitive Network Operators of Canada's ISP Summit and gave no more details about when the regulator would give some finality to the issue of...

Bell tells court cabinet decision on wholesale ‘vindicates’ its concerns

telecom | 08/20/2020 5:52 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and a coalition of cable companies have submitted letters to the...

Bell bringing cabinet’s wholesale appeal response to Federal Court

telecom | 08/17/2020 7:56 pm EDT

Lawyers representing BCE Inc. have asked a Federal Court of Appeal judge to...

Wholesale rates stay ‘forces’ Distributel to apply temporary surcharge

telecom | 06/03/2020 3:18 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. will charge a “very small” number of customers a $5 temporary surcharge on each internet bill, due to a legal challenge against last year’s wholesale rates decrease, the company has announced.  In a letter to affected customers dated June 2, Distributel said the Federal Court of Appeal’s granting of a stay until the appeal had been held meant it was “currently paying the rates that the CRTC found were too high” and had forced it to add the...

SaskTel to resume charging overage fees on June 9

telecom | 05/29/2020 2:13 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will become the second Canadian telecom to resume charging overage fees to home internet customers who go over their data caps, with the company announcing it will end the COVID-19...

Incumbents ask court for delay of wholesale rate appeal 

telecom | 05/21/2020 6:01 pm EDT

Incumbent cable companies have asked a Federal Court of Appeal judge to delay their appeal of the CRTC's wholesale rates decision until the proceeding can be conducted in person.  In a letter...

CNOC calls for gov’t funding to keep Canadians connected

telecom | 04/07/2020 5:40 pm EDT

The federal government should guarantee internet service providers payments...

Netflix lowers Canadian bit rate for next 30 days

telecom | 03/27/2020 12:44 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. has announced it will lower its bit rate in Canada by 25 per cent for the next 30 days, just days after three telecommunications associations publicly urged the streaming giant to lower rates to lessen network...

Networks coping, but future traffic impossible to predict

Media | 03/25/2020 5:48 pm EDT

Experts say Canada’s telecommunications networks are currently handling a...

Investment cut threats over MVNOs not ‘just theater’: Telus

telecom | 02/20/2020 6:30 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Toward the tail end of nearly three hours of testimony...

CloudWifi says other small ISPs need access to in-building fibre

telecom | 01/09/2020 1:49 pm EST

CloudWifi Inc. has gone to bat for other small internet service providers...

CloudWifi decision stands, but other ISPs must wait for access

telecom | 12/17/2019 1:54 pm EST

In an ongoing dispute between BCE Inc. and CloudWifi Inc. over whether...

Federal Court grants leave to appeal, stay in wholesale rate cases

telecom | 11/22/2019 5:08 pm EST

The CRTC’s decision to lower wholesale rates for its aggregated regime has now been suspended while the Federal Court of Appeal hears and decides on the appeals brought...

CRTC has sole jurisdiction over in-building wire: Ontario court

telecom | 11/12/2019 8:31 pm EST

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled against BCE Inc. in favour...

Wholesale-based ISPs at a ‘critical’ crossroads: CNOC’s Stein

telecom | 11/05/2019 3:22 pm EST

TORONTO — Smaller, wholesale-based internet service providers may be...

New aggregated wholesale rates ‘fair,’ ‘reasonable’: smaller ISPs

telecom | 08/15/2019 6:16 pm EDT

Wholesale-based ISPs are praising a decision by the CRTC to lower the rates...

CRTC lifts 100 Mbps wholesale internet speed cap – for now

telecom | 03/21/2019 5:39 pm EDT

The CRTC has quietly informed wholesale-based internet service providers...

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 broadband funding over the next 13 years, aimed at closing the speed gap between rural and urban Canada. It's part of an overall rural broadband plan announced in the Trudeau government's final...

‘Competition’ definition key to impact of new CRTC directive: experts

telecom | 02/27/2019 6:08 pm EST

The new policy direction for the CRTC announced by the federal government...

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...

ISPs can resell wholesale service to other providers: CRTC

telecom | 12/11/2018 5:59 pm EST

The CRTC has sided with a small telecom that was reselling wholesale...

‘An existential crisis’: CNOC files Part 1 on disaggregated criteria

telecom | 11/07/2018 5:13 pm EST

TORONTO — An industry group representing smaller internet providers is...

Distributel goes with MobiTV for IPTV

telecom | 11/06/2018 10:42 am EST

Distributel Communications Ltd. is partnering with MobiTV Inc. to deliver its IPTV service, it said...

Small ISPs ‘optimistic’ about CRTC broadband fund

telecom | 09/28/2018 4:58 pm EDT

A CRTC decision outlining how its $750 million fund for rural broadband will be administered “looks quite encouraging,” according to the president of the Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC). Matt Stein said in a...

Matt Stein named CNOC president

telecom | 06/19/2018 1:38 pm EDT

The Canadian Network Operators’ Consortium (CNOC) has named its spokesman and vice-chair Matt Stein the new president and chairman of the organization, CNOC said in a press release Monday. Stein, who is also the CEO of...

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...

Frontier-Eastlink tariff tiff could affect other ISPs, CNOC warns

telecom | 04/30/2018 5:13 pm EDT

A dispute between two internet service providers (ISPs) over the interpretation of a wholesale internet tariff could have wider consequences for other small internet...

Low-cost data plans ‘superior alternative’ to WiFi-first MVNOs: Scott

telecom | 03/22/2018 4:23 pm EDT

Having facilities-based carriers offer low-cost data-only plans is a better way to fulfill the government’s goals of more affordable wireless options for consumers than mandating roaming access by...

Distributel teams up with Eeyou network on northern Quebec service

telecom | 01/17/2018 4:01 pm EST

A Cree-owned non-profit will partner with Distributel Communications Ltd....

Disaggregated regime to spark new wholesale models, agreements: CNOC

telecom | 11/07/2017 6:12 pm EST

TORONTO — The CRTC’s new disaggregated wholesale regime will bring with...

Distributel buying Zazeen, adds to exec team

Media | 11/02/2017 2:45 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Inc. has received the OK from the CRTC to acquire IPTV service...

Distributel’s TNW buy part of wider expansion plans: CEO

telecom | 10/11/2017 6:19 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. is acquiring “selected assets” of a numbered company owned by Investel Capital Corp., previously known as Téliphone Navigata-Westel Communications Inc., in a move that CEO Matt Stein said was part of Distributel’s larger consolidation...

High interim tariffs, logistics still mire disaggregated system

telecom | 08/31/2017 5:13 pm EDT

The CRTC's goal of fuelling wireline competition by jumpstarting the...

Small ISPs welcome rollout of disaggregated wholesale regime

telecom | 08/29/2017 6:17 pm EDT

The CRTC kickstarted the industry’s move to a disaggregated wholesale...

FCC’s net neutrality changes could affect Canada, some experts say

telecom | 07/12/2017 4:37 pm EDT

On Wednesday, major internet and tech companies teamed up to rally against...

Five free data hours for Fido customers

telecom | 07/12/2017 11:32 am EDT

Customers of Rogers Communications Inc.’s flanker brand, Fido, are being offered free wireless data...

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...

CRTC orders telecoms to develop tools for blocking nuisance calls

telecom | 11/07/2016 10:07 pm EST

Telecom companies will soon be required to put in place measures to block “unwanted nuisance calls” on both wireless and wireline networks, the CRTC announced Monday. The regulator...

Zero-rating regime should be similar to ITMP framework: CNOC

Media | 11/01/2016 12:50 am EDT

GATINEAU — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on differential pricing practices, a consortium representing small telecoms asked the CRTC to allow but regulate the practice of zero-rating,...

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 high, in a move small ISPs say leaves them “free to innovate.” The commission said in a press release after analyzing the tariffs the large companies proposed to charge smaller providers for wholesale wireline Internet access, it “is of the view that the rates proposed by...

FTTH access plan ‘consistent’ but ‘disappointing’: indie ISPs

telecom | 09/20/2016 9:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has missed an opportunity to foster innovation among telecom competitors as it moves forward in the implementation of mandated wholesale access by smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) to...

G.fast tech to give Canadian telcos’ Internet speeds a boost

telecom | 08/25/2016 5:52 pm EDT

A new technology that allows telecoms to get speeds of hundreds of gigabits through existing copper loops is making headway in Canada, where companies are testing it out and deployment is likely to...

Michael Garbe new head of CNOC

telecom | 07/13/2016 4:35 pm EDT

Michael Garbe is taking over as chairman and CEO of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), while former president and chairman Bill Sandiford and former treasurer Kevin Blumberg will stay with the organization in...

Small ISPs laud government denial of Bell’s FTTH appeal

telecom | 05/11/2016 1:23 pm EDT

Independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and advocacy groups said Wednesday they’re encouraged by the federal government’s rejection of BCE Inc.’s appeal of the CRTC...

Copyright infringement notices being used for advertising, ISPs say

Media | 04/27/2016 8:57 pm EDT

In recent weeks,  BCE Inc.  and HBO have begun using copyright infringement notices to steer recipients toward legal sources of TV content — but some of the Internet service providers (ISPs) that are required to forward the letters to customers are crying foul, saying the practice amounts to advertising. Both TekSavvy Solutions Inc. and Distributel Communications Ltd. told The Wire Report that they have, since the beginning of April, received notices directing users who had...

Gerry Vanderpost joins Distributel as CFO

telecom | 08/20/2015 3:08 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. on Thursday announced that it has hired Gerry Vanderpost as its chief financial officer. Vanderpost had been vice-president of financial at Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., and joined...

Distributel expands Internet services in Quebec

telecom | 07/15/2015 3:33 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. is expanding its high-speed cable Internet services to 29 more markets throughout Quebec. Some of new communities covered include Asbestos, Baie Comeau, Chelsea, Drummondville, Trois...

ISPs prepping for increase in copyright infringement notices

Media | 01/12/2015 10:11 pm EST

After "significant" investments in time and money to prepare for the notice-and-notice regime that went into effect this month, independent Internet service providers Teksavvy Solutions Inc....

OTT expected to cause Internet capacity crunch

Media | 11/06/2014 7:30 pm EST

Netflix isn’t the only game in town anymore. In recent weeks, Canadian and American TV giants have made a number of announcements about new over-the-top (OTT) video services — HBO and CBS revealing new streaming...

Matt Stein named Distributel’s new CEO

Media | 04/29/2014 4:00 pm EDT

Independent Internet service provider Distributel announced Tuesday that Matt Stein is taking over as the company’s new CEO. The company said in a press release that Stein took on the role on March 31. It said Mel Cohen,...

Consolidation ‘essential’ to small providers, ISPs say

telecom | 11/13/2013 12:47 am EST

TORONTO—A majority of Canada's small Internet service providers (ISPs) have seen little or no growth over most of the last decade, which is causing an “ISP class gap” and continued industry consolidation, said Michael Garbe, president of Accelerated Connections Inc. “Most ISPs are not [growing]....