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Ethics commissioner finds no conflict of interest in TekSavvy complaint over Scott-Bibic beer

Media | 08/24/2022 5:29 pm EDT

Canada’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner will not be opening an investigation into CRTC chair Ian Scott’s 2019 beer with BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic having found...

Bell revenues up, profits down as company releases Q2 numbers

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

BCE Inc. announced revenues of $5.86 billion for the second quarter of 2022 Thursday, a jump of 2.9 per cent over the figures for a year ago. Net earnings declined 10.9 per cent over the same period, to $654 million. Bell attributed the fall to higher expenses, higher...

Stakeholder reaction to CRTC policy direction mixed

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

Amongst 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

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday...

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

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

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has asked the Office of...

Bell posts quarterly profits driven by wireless growth

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

Bell reported a slight increase in overall revenue of $49 million or 0.8 per cent, up to $5.84 billion versus $5.79 billion for this time last year. The company attributed the results to "greater media advertising and subscriber revenues, and ongoing growth in mobile phones,...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

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

As the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the...

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

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

BCE 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

BCE 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

President 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

BCE 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

The performance of networks in other countries during the COVID-19 crisis is evidence that the Liberal government and the CRTC should tread lightly when it comes to regulating the telecom sector,  BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic said Wednesday. That includes potential mandated...

Bell calls for delayed payments in 3.5 GHz spectrum auction

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

While 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

BCE 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

BCE Inc. announced Friday that it has acquired 1.5 million N95 and KN95...

Shaw founder JR Shaw dies at 85

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

Shaw 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

BCE Inc. will start building out its 5G network with equipment supplied by Nokia Corp. as it waits for the federal government to decide if Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd...

Bell to focus on declining mobile service prices in MVNO review

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

Ahead 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

The 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

Gatineau, Que. — Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau was unrepentant...

Bibic named Bell COO

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

BCE 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

TORONTO — 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 said in a press release the new Internet packages will include Shomi, a joint streaming service owned with Shaw Communications Inc. that features movies and television series, and Rogers' own NHL GameCentre Live for hockey games. Individually, GameCentre costs $200 a season and Shomi is $8.99 a month. On its website, Rogers specifies that Shomi would be available for two years to Ignite...

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,...

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 an advertising-only revenue stream can no longer pay for the costs,” Bell Media president Kevin Crull told the CRTC during the third day of its two-week Let’s Talk TV hearings into the future of television. Crull said that while viewership of local news has risen over the past five years, it’s “not generating the revenue to pay for the...

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...

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,...