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CRTC accepts arbitration request in Bell, Quebecor sports channel dispute

Media | 05/22/2024 3:50 pm EDT

The CRTC is stepping in to resolve a dispute between BCE Inc. and Quebecor Inc. over the costs of distributing their sports channels. In November, following the inability...

Telus investing $24B in Ontario network upgrades

telecom | 05/21/2024 6:03 pm EDT

Telus Corp.’s spending spree continued on Tuesday as the company announced that it will be investing $24 billion in Ontario to expand and improve its network over the next five years.  The spending is part of Telus’ overall investment plan totaling $73 billion to be...

CRTC reports continued increase in spam complaints

Internet and Governance | 05/15/2024 6:32 pm EDT

Complaints filed with the CRTC’s Spam Reporting Centre (SRC) are on the rise, according to the...

CRTC approves APTN programming changes; raises wholesale fee

Media | 05/14/2024 4:53 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved a request from APTN to consolidate its four channels...

Telus announces $33B spend across B.C., Alberta for network upgrades

telecom | 05/13/2024 11:37 am EDT

Telus Corp. announced Monday that it is investing more than $16 billion and...

Wildbrain reports revenue declines and net loss in Q3

Media | 05/10/2024 7:44 pm EDT

Kids and family entertainment company Wildbrain Ltd. released the financial results for its third quarter...

CBC still facing scrutiny in both chambers of Parliament

Media | 05/10/2024 5:25 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada continued to come under fire in Parliament Thursday. The Bloc Québécois continued its battle against integration in the House of Commons, while the Senate saw discussion about a lawsuit the Crown corporation filed against the Conservative party. During...

Telesat says it remains on track as it releases Q1 results

telecom | 05/10/2024 5:08 pm EDT

Telesat Corp. issued its first quarter 2024 figures on Friday and is...

Northwestel ordered to abandon DSL surcharge after eight years

telecom | 05/09/2024 11:48 am EDT

BCE Inc. subsidiary Northwestel has been told by the CRTC to stop charging...

Sylvain Lafrance named chair of Telefilm Canada

Media | 05/08/2024 7:33 pm EDT

Sylvain Lafrance has been appointed the new chair of Telefilm Canada, effective Thursday. His term will...

Bloc continues to hammer CBC integration plans

Media | 05/06/2024 7:36 pm EDT

Monday the Bloc Québécois continued its assault on plans for CBC/Radio-Canada to merge some of its...

CRTC denies expedited decision on Big Three’s FTTP wholesale access

telecom | 05/06/2024 7:28 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC denied an application by several stakeholders for an...

Staffieri touts Rogers accomplishments in Toronto speech

telecom | 05/01/2024 3:49 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Tony Staffieri gave a rosy picture of life...

Miracle Channel gets licence for discretionary service

Media | 04/29/2024 4:00 pm EDT

The Miracle Channel Association (MCA) has been granted a licence for a...

Rogers sells Monday night NHL rights to Amazon Prime streaming service

Media | 04/25/2024 1:24 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it is entering into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc. that will see Amazon Prime take over coverage of Monday night NHL...

Bell Media launches FAST channels in English and French

Media | 04/25/2024 1:14 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced Thursday that it is launching seven English and three...

CCTS reports surge in Rogers, Bell, and Telus complaints

telecom | 04/25/2024 9:38 am EDT

Customer complaints against telecom and TV service providers surged by 43...

Updated: Quebecor scales back Manitoba expansion after CRTC access rate decision

Internet and Governance | 04/22/2024 6:16 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.Quebecor Inc. announced that it is suspending the launch of its "data-rich"...

WildBrain appoints Mark Trachuk as general counsel

Media | 04/22/2024 12:29 pm EDT

Portrait photo of WildBrain general counsel Mark Trachuk in a white shirt and grey suit, in front of a blue background.Toronto entertainment company WildBrain Ltd. has named Mark Trachuk as its general counsel. He will also...

Loblaws releases No Name mobile plans across Canada

Media | 04/15/2024 3:41 pm EDT

Grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. is entering the mobile data market with the launch of its No Name Mobile product. Prepaid mobile SIM cards will be available at the company’s No Frills locations across the country. The cards will replace the PC Mobile SIM cards...

INDU committee takes out “accepted practices” language from C-27

Internet and Governance | 04/15/2024 3:23 pm EDT

The House of Commons industry Committee continued its clause-by-clause...

Videotron wants City of Ottawa to pay for relocation of equipment and lines

telecom | 04/10/2024 5:18 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. subsidiary Videotron has filed a Part 1 application with the...

Fizz launches expansion after successful beta testing outside Quebec

telecom | 04/10/2024 4:56 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s flanker wireless brand Fizz has completed the beta...

Wireless networks withstand effects of solar eclipse

telecom | 04/09/2024 6:26 pm EDT

Canada’s four major wireless carriers experienced major upticks in usage during Monday’s solar...

CRTC releases final figures on broadcasting fees

telecom | 04/05/2024 6:14 pm EDT

The CRTC issued follow-up numbers to an earlier decision on broadcasting fees. The initial ruling was...

CRTC sets final conditions of service on three broadcast licence holders

Media | 04/05/2024 6:12 pm EDT

The CRTC issued a series of decisions providing addenda to...

Terago appoints new CFO

telecom | 04/04/2024 5:57 pm EDT

Toronto wireless network manager Terago Inc. has appointed Rajneesh Sapra as its new CFO, effective the beginning of April. He replaces Parveen Mithra who was serving as...

Telecoms prepare responses for solar eclipse 

telecom | 04/02/2024 5:22 pm EDT

The April 8 solar eclipse is expected to have an impact on wireless networks as people increase their...

Sunco launches expansion with purchase of Zayo PBX business

telecom | 03/28/2024 9:17 pm EDT

Alberta IT system integrator Sunco Communication and Installation Ltd. is buying the PBX business of Zayo Group Holdings Inc., an American network provider. The sale was announced Thursday evening after the markets  closed. The purchase will allow Sunco to expand its...

Xplore expands broadband footprint in Prince Edward Island

telecom | 03/27/2024 4:31 pm EDT

Xplore Inc. announced Wednesday that it is rolling out high-speed internet...

CANARIE gets more federal funding as it waits for long-term cash

Internet and Governance | 03/27/2024 4:26 pm EDT

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has...

Eastlink unveils video streaming app

Media | 03/26/2024 5:34 pm EDT

Eastlink store on South Park St., Halifax, N.S.Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink announced Tuesday that it is introducing a video streaming...

ISED auctioning off 225 leftover spectrum licences 

telecom | 03/25/2024 5:49 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is auctioning off 225 spectrum...

CRTC approves Rogers wireless project to boost connectivity in northern B.C.

telecom | 03/22/2024 6:42 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved Rogers Communications Inc.’s funding application under its Broadband Fund in a bid to improve cell service along 70 kms of highway in northern B.C. ...

Competition Bureau wants feedback on artificial intelligence

Internet and Governance | 03/21/2024 6:41 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau announced Thursday that it is seeking feedback from...

Feds provide funding to expand broadband in Nunavut

telecom | 03/21/2024 6:28 pm EDT

The federal government is spending an additional $2.8 million to advance clean energy and roll out...

Falling wireless and internet prices battle inflation, StatsCan says

Internet and Governance | 03/19/2024 5:52 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.A day after the leaders of Canada’s biggest three telecoms told...

CRTC to consider new radio station for Yellowknife

Media | 03/14/2024 4:19 pm EDT

The CRTC has decided to look at whether the town of Yellowknife, NWT can support another FM radio...

Indigenous Screen Office to receive permanent funding

Media | 03/14/2024 4:01 pm EDT

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) will receive permanent government funding to support Indigenous-led...

Bell increases security on network grid to battle copper thefts

telecom | 03/13/2024 4:59 pm EDT

As copper prices increase, BCE Inc. is enhancing its security around its...

Champagne second-most lobbied minister, Hill Times finds

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

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

Frédéric Perron replaces Philippe Jetté at Cogeco

telecom | 03/11/2024 12:00 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. announced Monday morning that president and CEO Philippe Jetté is retiring immediately from the companies and will be replaced by Frédéric Perron. Perron was most recently president of...

Beanfield appoints new SVP of commercial services 

telecom | 03/07/2024 4:44 pm EST

Beanfield Technologies Inc. has hired Chris Adamkowski as its new SVP of commercial services, the company announced Thursday.  “I am thrilled to be joining Beanfield and contributing to the mission of connecting communities through Canada's largest privately owned fibre-optic network,” said Adamkowski in a press release. “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to challenge Canadian businesses to unlock the potential of their people and harness the benefits of...

Canadian government spends $7.5 million on Manitoba connectivity

telecom | 03/07/2024 2:44 pm EST

Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings speaks at a press conference in the National Press Theatre on Feb. 13, 2024 (photo by Andrew Meade).Minister of Rural Economic Development Gudie Hutchings continued her tour...

Feds and Alberta spend $112 million on broadband deployment

telecom | 03/06/2024 11:18 am EST

The governments of Canada and Alberta announced Tuesday that they are...

Canada and British Columbia fund high-speed internet rollout in province

telecom | 03/05/2024 9:47 am EST

Monday the federal government and the government of British Columbia joined...

TVA reaches agreement with CUPE local in Quebec

Media | 03/04/2024 12:37 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. subsidiary Groupe TVA has reached an agreement with CUPE local 687, which represents...

Feds invest $2.3M to bring high-speed internet and mobile coverage in Northwest Territories

telecom | 03/01/2024 4:10 pm EST

The Government of Canada announced Friday that it is investing $2.3 million from its Universal Broadband Fund to bolster connectivity in remote and underserved regions in the...

Senator questions genocide provisions of Online Harms Bill

Media | 03/01/2024 3:58 pm EST

A member of the Independent Senators Group is questioning why penalties for...

St-Onge appoints committee to look for new CBC president

Media | 03/01/2024 3:50 pm EST

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pascale St-Onge announced Friday an...

CBC and Canadian Media Guild reach tentative agreement

Media | 03/01/2024 3:25 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Media Guild have inked a tentative labour...

Senator urges government to increase print advertising

Media | 02/29/2024 3:56 pm EST

A Quebec senator is calling for the government to increase its spending in newspapers and magazines. During Wednesday’s Question Period, Independent Senators Group member Tony Loffreda said...

Canada signs joint statement of principles for 6G

telecom | 02/27/2024 4:49 pm EST

Canada has joined nine other nations to promote the development of next generation telecommunications...

Natalie Théberge appointed vice-chair at CRTC

Internet and Governance | 02/22/2024 1:27 pm EST

CRTC vice-chair Natalie ThébergeThe government has named Natalie Théberge as vice-chair at the CRTC, it was announced Thursday. Her...

CRTC angry at Telus over proposed service cuts in Kamloops

telecom | 02/20/2024 11:32 am EST

The CRTC is upset with Telus Corp. over its proposal to eliminate home...

Telus announced partnership with Amazon, Samsung

telecom | 02/20/2024 10:54 am EST

Telus Corp. announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Samsung Electronics Co. to create a virtual roaming gateway, promising enhanced reliability, speed, and latency for customers. Traditionally, roaming traffic, including voice, data,...

Online News Act proceeding coming in March

Media | 02/13/2024 5:10 pm EST

The CRTC will initiate public consultation on Canada's Online News Act, formerly known as Bill C-18, next...

CRTC expands forbearance on regulation of high-capacity digital data services

telecom | 02/12/2024 4:13 pm EST

The CRTC announced Monday an expansion in forbearance from regulating...

CRTC denies TerreStar’s bid for stay of contribution decision

telecom | 02/07/2024 3:41 pm EST

The CRTC has denied an application by TerreStar Solutions Inc. for a stay of a commission decision on contribution requirements. TerreStar first filed its request last August.  Telus Corp. backed the Quebec telecom up in its filing to the regulator. The final decision...

Telus forced to explain BC service disconnection to CRTC

telecom | 02/07/2024 3:11 pm EST

Telus Corp. is being called upon by the CRTC to justify its proposal to...

Stingray reports revenue growth in Q3 results

Media | 02/07/2024 1:23 pm EST

Stingray Group Inc. saw an increase in growth and revenue as it issued its third quarter results on...

Galaxy Broadband providing Eutelsat OneWeb satellite service to Shared Services Canada

telecom | 02/05/2024 4:57 pm EST

Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc., a subsidiary...

Cogeco announces acquisition of municipally-owned telecom provider

telecom | 02/05/2024 1:22 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. announced Monday that Cogeco Connexion is acquiring an...

CBC to pay costs to Ontario after losing case before Supreme Court

Media | 02/02/2024 4:16 pm EST

CBC/Radio Canada has been ordered to pay costs after it lost a case over...

BQ calls for support of CBC/Radio Canada and other media outlets

Media | 02/01/2024 12:29 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is calling for CBC/Radio-Canada to have its funding...

Government announces $100M for Telefilm

Media | 01/31/2024 4:37 pm EST

The Government of Canada is supporting Canadian feature films and television productions by investing...

New “use it or lose it” policy helps Indigenous spectrum connectivity 

telecom | 01/31/2024 3:42 pm EST

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne...

Corus restructures content leadership team 

Media | 01/29/2024 3:40 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. announced Monday its plans to restructure its original content leadership team which includes two new appointments. Rachel Nelson, who oversaw the development and production of both scripted and unscripted programming for Corus, was appointed...

Calgary 911 operator charged with leaking information

telecom | 01/26/2024 4:44 pm EST

A 911 operator in Calgary has had three charges laid against her in a corruption investigation, local...

Eatrides pledges to support minority language 911 services

telecom | 01/26/2024 12:23 pm EST

CRTC chair Vicky Eatrides has promised to look into recent problems with...

Bell still not allowed to repair and restore services in Kitchener MDU

telecom | 01/24/2024 5:27 pm EST

The access dispute between BCE Inc. and the owner of a multi-dwelling unit (MDU) in Kitchener, Ontario continues as Bell stands by its claims that it is blocking the company from accessing its facilities. Bell’s response in the Part 1 proceeding, filed last Friday, said that although the MDU owner claims to acknowledge...

Privacy Commissioner unveils its privacy rights strategic plan 2024-2027

Internet and Governance | 01/22/2024 4:53 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) unveiled its Strategic Plan...

CRTC commissioner encourages participation in upcoming consultations 

Media | 01/22/2024 4:02 pm EST

As it gears up to launch several public consultations aimed at modernizing Canada’s regulatory regime, the CRTC reminded stakeholders on Saturday that it needs their input...

Ericsson and Telus extend 5G network nationally

telecom | 01/22/2024 12:42 pm EST

Ericsson AB and Telus Corp. have linked up to roll out a 5G standalone network, it was announced Monday....

Best Buy, Bell, announce partnership to rebrand The Source

telecom | 01/19/2024 4:53 pm EST

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)Best Buy Canada Ltd. and BCE Inc. have joined forces to rebrand 165 small-format consumer electronics stores under the banner "Best Buy Express." The Source (formerly Radio Shack), a wholly-owned...

SaskTel brings hyper-fast connectivity to Saskatchewan’s rural heartland

telecom | 01/17/2024 3:53 pm EST

SaskTel head office (screenshot via Google Maps).Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Wednesday the...

CMPA joins international call for streaming regulation

Media | 01/17/2024 3:50 pm EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)  has joined up with other...

Federal and provincial governments bring more broadband to BC

telecom | 01/16/2024 6:28 pm EST

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced a joint...

Supreme Court dismisses leaves to appeal in CBC, Samsung cases

Media | 01/11/2024 4:36 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada will not be permitted to appeal a lower court’s ruling...

Cogeco Media to adopt Quickplay’s OTT platform

Media | 01/09/2024 5:30 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. is partnering with Quickplay to adopt their cloud-native OTT platform, the company announced in a Tuesday press release. The collaboration will offer Cogeco Media's five million listeners...

CRTC’s vice-chair of broadcasting steps down

Internet and Governance | 01/08/2024 4:30 pm EST

The CRTC’s interim vice-chair of broadcasting and commissioner for Quebec, Alicia Barin, stepped down...

ISED establishes fee structure for non-competitive local spectrum licences

telecom | 01/08/2024 12:59 pm EST

The Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) has introduced a fee order for all spectrum licences issued through a non-competitive local licensing...

Champagne says planned telecom price hikes go against policy direction

telecom | 01/05/2024 5:26 pm EST

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry is calling on Canadian...

Terago appoints new CFO

telecom | 01/04/2024 5:05 pm EST

Terago Inc.  announced the appointment of Jason Toledano as its new CFO, effective last Tuesday. The telecommunications industry veteran succeeds Phil Jones, who is...

SpaceX launches satellites for international coverage

telecom | 01/03/2024 4:21 pm EST

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has launched a group of satellites which will facilitate...

CRTC advises telecoms it will not meet deadlines for TPIA action

telecom | 12/19/2023 4:47 pm EST

The CRTC has told several telecommunications providers it will not be able to render decisions as quickly as mandated in a variety of cases. It released a series of letters from Dec. 15 advising them of the new deadlines. Cogeco Communications Inc., and Rogers...

Bell Aliant customers in New Brunswick experience storm outage

telecom | 12/19/2023 4:44 pm EST

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)BCE Inc. customers in New Brunswick have been without telephone and...

Rogers activates three new cell towers along B.C.’s Highway 16

telecom | 12/15/2023 2:49 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. has activated three...

Civil society groups call for AIDA to be considered separately from C-27

Internet and Governance | 12/14/2023 3:00 pm EST

A coalition of 30 individuals and civil society groups have released an...

Ministers reluctant to endorse Catherine Tait’s leadership at CBC

Internet and Governance | 12/12/2023 3:04 pm EST

The current and past Minister of Canadian Heritage were loath to endorse...

Rogers sells all Cogeco shares to CDPQ to reduce Shaw debt

telecom | 12/12/2023 1:10 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. has divested itself of all of its shares in...

SaskTel rolls out next-gen WiFi across province

telecom | 12/11/2023 3:42 pm EST

SaskTel head office (screenshot via Google Maps).Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Monday that it was providing state of the art WiFi across the prairie province. SaskTel is joining forces with Eero, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., to deliver...

St-Onge refuses to say if she will fire CBC president Catherine Tait

Media | 12/11/2023 1:19 pm EST

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge would not take the bait when the...

Bell still opposed to Rogers’ application seeking changes to BNS services

telecom | 12/01/2023 4:58 pm EST

BCE Inc. has responded to a commission staff letter regarding Rogers...

988 crisis line now available to all Canadians

telecom | 11/30/2023 5:31 pm EST

The federal government made its three-digit suicide crisis helpline, 988, officially available across Canada on Thursday. According to a press release, the helpline, is now available to call or text, in English and French, 24 hours per day, seven days a week. ”Suicide continues to be a serious public health issue impacting people of all ages and backgrounds, and more needs to be done to support those in crisis,” the release states. The government provided $156...