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Ashton says Bell provides poor service to Manitoba communities

telecom | 06/05/2024 6:21 pm EDT

Ashton says Bell provides poor service to Manitoba communitiesA New Democratic Party MP attacked BCE Inc. for not knowing its customers and providing them with inadequate service. Manitoba’s Niki Ashton was speaking in the House of Commons Tuesday on an opposition day motion regarding price gouging. Ashton, her party’s critic...

Unifor demands Bell be held accountable for layoffs

Media | 03/19/2024 6:23 pm EDT

Unifor national president Lana Payne speaking at a media conference on March 19, 2024 (screenshot via CPAC).Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, called on BCE Inc. to answer for its recent layoff announcements after the telecom’s scheduled appearance in front of the heritage committee was postponed.  During a media conference on Tuesday, Unifor national president...

High spectrum costs are the villain in cellular prices, Big 3 tell INDU

telecom | 03/18/2024 3:52 pm EDT

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEOThe presidents of the Big Three telecoms told the House of Commons Industry...

Champagne second-most lobbied minister, Hill Times finds

telecom | 03/12/2024 3:33 pm EDT

Federal government launches consultation on AI and copyrightMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

INDU debates study of mobile plan price hikes

telecom | 01/15/2024 5:46 pm EST

Federal government launches consultation on AI and copyrightAfter almost two hours of deliberation last Thursday, the House industry and technology committee failed...

Bell responds to CRTC decision by cutting fibre investment

telecom | 11/06/2023 8:34 pm EST

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEOBCE Inc. has announced its decision to cut capital expenditures and reduce the expansion of high-speed fiber Internet services, following a recent decision by the CRTC.  Bell's decision to reduce planned network investment by over $1 billion in 2024-25, including a minimum...

Bell fibre build progress threatened by regulatory uncertainty: Bibic

telecom | 11/02/2023 3:58 pm EDT

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEOIn a Thursday quarterly earnings conference call, BCE Inc.'s president and...

Infrastructure investments could see cuts due to wholesale rates: Bibic, French

telecom | 09/28/2023 6:54 pm EDT

Infrastructure investments could see cuts due to wholesale rates: Bibic, FrenchBCE Inc. and Telus Corp. reiterated their concerns around the CRTC’s...

Bell mopped up customers switching from Rogers in Q3

Media | 11/03/2022 6:15 pm EDT

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEOBCE Inc. reported what it said were record subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2022, according...

Bell revenues up, profits down as company releases Q2 numbers

telecom | 08/04/2022 3:51 pm EDT

Bell revenues up, profits down as company releases Q2 numbersBCE Inc. announced revenues of $5.86 billion for the second quarter of 2022...

Stakeholder reaction to CRTC policy direction mixed

telecom | 05/27/2022 5:33 pm EDT

Stakeholder reaction to CRTC policy direction mixedAmongst those independent internet service providers (ISPs) who had been pleading with the federal...

Integrity Commissioner refers TekSavvy’s Scott complaint to Ethics Commissioner 

Media | 05/05/2022 3:20 pm EDT

TekSavvy seeks permission to appeal CRTC rates decision, CNOC asks for public support Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday has declined to open his own investigation into the conduct of CRTC chair Ian Scott following a complaint by TekSavvy Solutions...

TekSavvy asks for investigation by Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of CRTC comish

telecom | 03/02/2022 6:09 pm EST

TekSavvy asks for investigation by Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of CRTC comishTekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the Office of...

Bell posts quarterly profits driven by wireless growth

Media | 11/04/2021 4:25 pm EDT

Bell posts quarterly profits driven by wireless growthBell reported a slight increase in overall revenue of $49 million or 0.8...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

Media | 03/22/2021 6:07 pm EDT

Local news funding needed in C-10: BellAs the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the Broadcasting Act carries on, BCE Inc. told the committee in a Monday meeting that while it supports the bill, it needs a carve-out of funding for local news broadcasters.  Even...

Bell says it will spend an extra $1B on networks

Media | 02/04/2021 4:56 pm EST

Bell says it will spend an extra $1B on networksBCE Inc. announced Thursday morning that it would increase its typical capital expenditure by between $1...

Bell’s Bibic gives a ‘tip of the hat’ on Broadcast Act update

Media | 11/05/2020 6:26 pm EST

Bell's Bibic gives a 'tip of the hat' on Broadcast Act updateBCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic praised the updates to the Broadcasting Act...

Randy Lennox to leave Bell Media, Wade Oosterman to take over

telecom | 10/19/2020 6:06 pm EDT

Randy Lennox to leave Bell Media, Wade Oosterman to take overPresident of BCE Inc.'s Bell Media Randy Lennox will step down on Jan. 4,...

Bell’s Q2 profit plunges by 64 per cent

telecom | 08/06/2020 3:51 pm EDT

Bell’s Q2 profit plunges by 64 per centBCE Inc.’s second quarter profit dropped to $294 million, a 64 per cent decrease on a year before, with...

Bell upping internet speed for some rural customers to 50 Mbps

telecom | 07/23/2020 4:25 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced today that it is increasing the speed of its fixed wireless home internet service for some 300,000 rural homes, and will expand the service into parts of Atlantic Canada.  Fixed...

Network performance supports light regulatory touch: Bibic

telecom | 05/27/2020 6:58 pm EDT

Network performance supports light regulatory touch: BibicThe performance of networks in other countries during the COVID-19 crisis...

Bell calls for delayed payments in 3.5 GHz spectrum auction

telecom | 05/07/2020 5:59 pm EDT

MVNO decision arrives at a ‘tipping point’: Bell CEOWhile BCE Inc.'s first quarter results showed a decline in profits and...

Bell speeding up rural broadband rollout

telecom | 04/23/2020 3:30 pm EDT

Bell speeding up rural broadband rolloutBCE Inc. will be delivering its fixed wireless internet to some 137,000 more homes than it had planned to...

Bell donating 1.5 million masks to provinces, federal gov’t

Media | 04/17/2020 2:01 pm EDT

Bell donating 1.5 million masks to provinces, federal gov'tBCE Inc. announced Friday that it has acquired 1.5 million N95 and KN95 masks, which the company said it is donating to provincial, territorial, and federal governments to...

Shaw founder JR Shaw dies at 85

telecom | 03/25/2020 2:23 pm EDT

Shaw founder JR Shaw dies at 85Shaw Communications Inc. founder JR Shaw has passed away at the age of 85, the company said Tuesday....

Bell picks ‘first’ 5G vendor, says regulatory to affect buildout

telecom | 02/06/2020 5:25 pm EST

Bell picks 'first' 5G vendor, says regulatory to affect buildoutBCE Inc. will start building out its 5G network with equipment supplied by...

Bell to focus on declining mobile service prices in MVNO review

Media | 10/31/2019 5:40 pm EDT

Bell to focus on declining mobile service prices in MVNO reviewAhead of the CRTC’s wireless review early next year, and on the heels of...

Bibic’s background an asset in CEO transition at Bell: observers

Media | 06/28/2019 7:56 am EDT

Bibic’s background an asset in CEO transition at Bell: observersThe imminent departure of BCE Inc. CEO George Cope, announced Friday...

Bell calls for revocation of TVA Sports licence at tense CRTC hearing

Media | 04/17/2019 5:44 pm EDT

Bell calls for revocation of TVA Sports licence at tense CRTC hearingGatineau, Que. — Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau was unrepentant as he justified his decision to pull the TVA Sports signal from BCE Inc. TV subscribers Wednesday,...

Bibic named Bell COO

telecom | 10/04/2018 2:35 pm EDT

Bibic named Bell COOBCE Inc.’s head of regulatory, Mirko Bibic, has been named its new chief operating officer. Bell said in a press release Thursday that in his new role, Bibic will “lead...

Incumbents defend wireless prices after Bains criticism

telecom | 06/06/2017 7:59 pm EDT

Incumbents defend wireless prices after Bains criticismTORONTO — Representatives from the big three were on the defense a day...

Industry execs blast Quebec Internet-blocking, call for CRTC involvement

Media | 06/08/2016 12:29 am EDT

TORONTO — Executives from Canada’s telecom companies took aim at a new bill by the Quebec government that would force Internet service providers (ISPs) to block some gambling websites...

Sweeping government review to include CRTC, Broadcast Act, CanCon

Media | 04/25/2016 10:56 pm EDT

Industry insiders and observers are calling Canadian Heritage’s impending study of Canadian content in the digital age — which could potentially affect CBC/Radio-Canada, legislation like...

TekSavvy’s Abramson takes on incumbents at Telecom Summit

telecom | 06/02/2015 7:36 pm EDT

TORONTO — With a key decision from the CRTC on smaller service providers’ access to wireline telecommunications networks expected soon, three incumbents’ regulatory bosses took on...

Rogers includes NHL streaming, Shomi with new Internet packages

telecom | 03/04/2015 9:50 pm EST

On Wednesday Rogers Communications Inc. announced a new brand of broadband Internet, Ignite, that comes bundled with subscriptions to two of Rogers' online video-streaming services. The company...

CRTC says no to Bell meeting regarding simsub

Media | 02/02/2015 10:18 pm EST

The CRTC has turned down a request from BCE Inc. to meet and discuss the regulator's decision to get rid of simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl starting in 2017. Last week, the CRTC said it has decided to maintain...

Mandating wholesale FTTH would be ‘another risk factor’: Bell

telecom | 11/26/2014 9:53 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — BCE Inc. told the CRTC Wednesday that many of its customers could be delayed from upgrading to an Internet connection faster than what's available through fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) if smaller Internet service providers receive the right to buy wholesale space on fibre-to-the-home networks (FTTH)....

Bell files complaint against Rogers’ online NHL offerings

Media | 10/21/2014 7:17 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has filed a challenge with the CRTC against Rogers Communications Inc.’s plan to offer its own customers free access to its NHL streaming product until the end of the year as well as exclusive content while watching games. Bell claims the free trial of Rogers’ NHL GameCentre, announced in September, amounts to anticompetitive behaviour under the CRTC’s rules for digital media. The move to offer the live-streaming app for free to Rogers wireless and broadband customers until Dec. 31 of this year is “designed to deny content to competitors' subscribers and gain an anticompetitive advantage for Rogers' own wireless and Internet businesses,” Bell chief legal and regulatory officer Mirko Bibic said in an Oct. 14 letter to the CRTC posted to the...

Carriers ask CRTC to take powers from government

telecom | 10/02/2014 9:37 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Two of Canada's largest wireless carriers called on the CRTC to take some regulatory power from Industry Canada at the commission's week-long hearing into the wholesale wireless market. Both Rogers...

Local TV needs another revenue stream: Bell

Media | 09/10/2014 9:13 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — BCE Inc. executives asked the CRTC Wednesday to put in place a “local specialty” model for local television stations, which it said are no longer financially sustainable. “The economics of...

CRTC warns companies as rural broadband deadline looms

telecom | 06/06/2014 8:45 pm EDT

This week the CRTC warned three companies — Telus Corp., BCE Inc. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. — about missing a late-August deadline for expanding broadband service to rural...

Bell defends targeted ad program as ‘transparent’

Media | 05/01/2014 2:07 am EDT

BCE Inc.’s chief legal and regulatory officer told a Senate hearing on Wednesday night that his company’s targeted advertising program respects Canada’s current privacy laws. Mirko Bibic repeatedly compared his...

Privacy czar calls for greater powers on telecom data sharing

telecom | 04/29/2014 7:16 pm EDT

Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier said Tuesday that new legislation is needed to compel Canada’s telecom companies to disclose when they hand over subscribers’ private information to other parties, including government agencies, without a warrant. Bernier, speaking at a Senate transport and communications committee hearing into privacy and data collection policies at BCE Inc., said her office is unaware how many government requests are made for customer data or how many of them are fulfilled. “We have tried many times, we have sought out information from the...

We will ‘manage through’ conditions on Astral acquisition, Bell says

Media | 06/28/2013 9:07 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will “manage through” conditions the CRTC put on the regulatory approval of the company’s $3.38 billion deal to acquire Astral Media Inc., said Mirko Bibic, BCE’s...

Verizon benefits from ‘unintended consequences’ of auction rules: Bibic

telecom | 06/28/2013 8:47 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. could buy twice as much spectrum at a lower price than Canada’s wireless incumbent carriers if it enters next year’s 700 MHz spectrum auction, said Mirko Bibic, BCE Inc.’s executive vice-president and chief legal and regulatory officer. Bibic said in an interview with BNN...

Former Bell executive Alain Gourd dies at 66

Media | 12/12/2012 9:48 pm EST

Alain Gourd, an independent broadcasting consultant and former chair of an industry-led working group on over-the-top services, died Dec. 8, a release from his firm Alain Gourd Communications Inc. said Tuesday. In the release,...