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INDU debates study of mobile plan price hikes

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

After almost two hours of deliberation last Thursday, the House industry and technology committee failed to decide on a motion put forward by Conservative MP Rick Perkins to conduct a study into Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc.’s recently announced price hikes....

We didn’t ‘see any utility’ for Palantir: ISED’s Kennedy

telecom | 12/14/2020 2:15 pm EST

An April meeting between Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) and a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. now working for the controversial U.S. data-mining company Palantir Technologies was part a normal response to a company's offer of services at the start of the pandemic, ISED deputy minister Simon Kennedy has said.  In response to questions at a Friday meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, Kennedy said that Palantir was simply one of many companies that responded to an ISED call for action in the early days of the pandemic.  "In that call we had almost 200 digital service firms and software firms, very large companies, very small, large...

UBF won’t have fixed affordability requirements 

telecom | 11/19/2020 5:30 pm EST

Government officials have indicated that the newly-launched Universal Broadband Fund will seek to allow for affordable internet pricing across Canada, although it will not impose many firm or fixed affordability requirements on...

CIB, UBF to collaborate on projects that fall between market cracks

telecom | 11/13/2020 12:08 pm EST

The $2 billion Canadian Infrastructure Bank rural broadband fund will seek...

ISED pushing Bell to show progress on CTI rollout: docs

telecom | 03/27/2020 4:35 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will be...

Simon Kennedy replaces retiring Knubley at ISED

telecom | 08/26/2019 2:53 pm EDT

The Office of the Prime Minister announced late last week that Simon Kennedy would become deputy minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development starting September 3.  Kennedy will be replacing John Knubley, who retired in June after seven years at ISED and 39 years in public service. Kennedy has been deputy minister of health since...

Telecom, broadcasting lobbying hits July lag

Media | 08/16/2017 3:41 pm EDT

July lobbying activity was affected by the expected summer slowdown that comes with Parliament not sitting and politicians being spread out across the country in their ridings — but that didn’t mean groups weren’t active. On Monday, Heritage Minister Mélanie...