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Build voice and data support at same time in NG911 system: Freedom

Media | 01/19/2017 11:22 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — There are unique considerations for wireless carriers when contemplating the switch to next-generation 911 (NG911) services, a CRTC panel was told on the penultimate day of a public hearing on improvements to the 911 network, including the fact they can offer more services for 911 users more quickly. On Thursday, Freedom Mobile vice-president of regulatory and carrier relations Ed Antecol said their submission aligned with that made by parent company Shaw...

Low-income access to affordable Internet is ‘poverty issue’: Bell

Media | 04/19/2016 11:20 pm EDT

Canadians who can’t afford Internet access don’t face an “affordability problem,” but a “poverty issue that is in need of a social safety net,” which should be addressed by different levels of government, Robert Malcolmson, BCE Inc.’s senior vice-president of regulatory affairs, said at a CRTC hearing Tuesday. “Clearly, broadband connectivity is a necessity, and social assistance programs run by governments, we think, should take that into account,” he said. Outside of remote and rural areas, “the issue is not about Internet rates being just and reasonable, but rather it's that some Canadians with low incomes struggle to...