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CRTC delays MVNO hearing to Feb. 18

telecom | 10/28/2019 4:10 pm EDT

The CRTC’s public hearing in its review of mobile wireless services, which was originally scheduled to be held in January, has now been pushed back to Feb. 18. The regulator said in a notice Monday that the Competition Bureau had asked for an extension in order to finish a series of economic studies it is preparing for the review, which has involved requesting specific confidential information from telecom companies. The CRTC’s review will consider the rules that govern wholesale access to wireless carriers’ networks, including whether to mandate access by mobile virtual network...

Some consumers uncertain about wholesale competitor quality: Comp Bureau

telecom | 08/07/2019 11:00 am EDT

Despite being “impressed” by the competitive presence of wholesale-based internet competitors, the Competition Bureau said there’s still a bit of uncertainty about how...

CRTC says no to Competition Bureau request for information

telecom | 04/18/2019 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has told the Competition Bureau it won’t be compelling telecoms to turn over a slew of detailed information the bureau was asking for — though the telecoms will effectively have to...

Competition Bureau attempting to ‘hijack’ CRTC process, telecoms say

telecom | 04/02/2019 5:40 pm EDT

A request from the Competition Bureau asking the CRTC to require telecoms...

No clear suitor for Corus assets after report of sale: analysts

Media | 06/13/2018 1:51 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy is refusing to comment on a media...

Matthew Boswell to head Comp Bureau in 1 year interim term

telecom | 05/30/2018 2:26 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has an interim replacement for outgoing commissioner...

Competition Bureau reviewing Postmedia, Torstar deal

Media | 11/28/2017 5:53 pm EST

The Competition Bureau has confirmed in an email they will review a recent deal between Torstar Corp. and Postmedia, which saw the exchange of 41 commuter, local or community newspapers between the two Canadian media organizations on Monday. Of the 41 outlets, all but 5 have been or will be shuttered in the coming weeks, according to releases from Torstar, Postmedia and various media reports. The Competition Bureau also acknowledged that Postmedia initially claimed in its release that the merger was not “subject to the merger notification provisions of the Competition Act and no...

Competition Bureau consulting on big data

telecom | 09/18/2017 3:48 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is inviting comments on a white paper on big data. “Recent global developments in technology have allowed firms to harness data in ways that drive innovation and quality improvements across a range of...

Competition Bureau shouldn’t compel market studies: C.D. Howe

telecom | 05/04/2017 8:34 pm EDT

Granting the Competition Bureau additional powers to compel businesses to provide information for market studies “could result in significant costs for Canadian businesses,” according to...

Competition Bureau fines Amazon $1M

Media | 01/11/2017 5:46 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. must pay a $1-million fine over the pricing practices on its Canadian website following a Competition Bureau investigation. The bureau said in a press release Wednesday that Amazon compared its...

Competition Bureau drops Apple competition case

telecom | 01/06/2017 7:04 pm EST

The Competition Bureau said Friday it has discontinued an investigation into whether Apple Inc. engaged in anticompetitive practices related to sales of its iPhone. The bureau was looking at “contractual...

Competition Bureau sweep looks at online reviews

Media | 10/31/2016 8:09 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has wrapped up a sweep of online reviews and endorsements, as part of an annual initiative it conducts with other consumer protection agencies around the world. It said in a monthly...

CRTC not twiddling thumbs as industry changes: Blais

Media | 10/20/2016 8:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — On the same day that a new report was released arguing the CRTC’s role and authority should be reduced in response to technological change, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defended the relevance of the...

CRTC consulting on MTS licence transfer to Bell

telecom | 08/30/2016 8:10 pm EDT

The CRTC said Tuesday that it wants input on Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s application to transfer its broadcast distribution licences to BCE Inc. as part of the proposed acquisition of MTS by...

Competition Bureau appoints chief economist

Media | 08/22/2016 4:45 pm EDT

Paul Johnson has been named as the Competition Bureau’s leader of economic analysis, where he will play a key role in merger reviews, the competition commissioner said Monday. In a Monday press release,...

Competition Bureau warns fans about sports streaming fine print

Media | 08/08/2016 7:59 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau said in a press release Monday that customers signing up for sports streaming websites should make sure they understand what they’re getting when they subscribe to such services. Customers “should be aware that important information about the availability of some games may not be adequately disclosed, or may be buried in fine print disclaimers that are easy to miss,” it said. “For example, depending on your location there may be conditions associated with sports streaming services that restrict access to certain games, including the...

Advocacy groups take aim at data caps in zero-rating review

Media | 06/29/2016 6:45 pm EDT

Questions around telecoms’ usage of data caps should be at the centre of the CRTC’s proceeding on differential pricing practices, advocacy groups said in interventions, calling for the...

Bell, MTS receive court approval for takeover

telecom | 06/29/2016 5:49 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. have cleared yet another hurdle in their quest to combine, as the deal has now received court approval from the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, according to...

Bell to pay $12M for premium text message charges

telecom | 05/27/2016 5:01 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau said Friday it has reached an agreement with BCE Inc. in which the company will rebate customers up to $11.8 million for premium text messaging charges. It will also donate $800,000 to...

Bell-MTS deal weakens Rogers’ ability to compete: academics

telecom | 05/26/2016 9:27 pm EDT

In a submission to the Competition Bureau arguing that allowing BCE Inc. to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. would weaken wireless competition in the province, Carleton...

Competition Bureau wants input on Bell-MTS deal

telecom | 05/10/2016 4:32 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau is asking for comment on BCE Inc.’s $3.9-billion bid to buy Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., it said in a press release Tuesday. It made a form available on its website that both consumers and stakeholders can use to submit their views. “As part of the Bureau’s usual approach in examining a merger, it consults with a wide range of industry participants to obtain their views regarding the competitive implications of a proposed transaction,” it said in the release. “Suppliers, competitors, industry associations, customers and industry...

Bell’s MTS purchase to boost competition: MEI

telecom | 05/04/2016 6:22 pm EDT

The $3.9-billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. by BCE Inc. would increase competition in Manitoba’s wireless market, according to the authors of a new report from the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI)....

Experts say approval of Bell’s MTS acquisition likely

telecom | 05/02/2016 2:12 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced Monday morning that it will purchase Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. in a $3.9 billion transaction that, if approved, will see the number of players in Manitoba’s telecom...

Competition Bureau updates IP enforcement guidelines

Media | 04/01/2016 7:32 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has updated its Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines, as part of what it said in a Thursday press release would be an annual review. It said the updated guidelines clarify “the Bureau’s...

Competition Bureau says Telus will pay $7.3M in premium texting case

telecom | 01/04/2016 3:04 pm EST

The Competition Bureau said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Telus Corp. to end legal proceedings in relation to premium texting services that former and current customers have paid...

Competition Bureau seeks info on iPhone pricing from carriers

telecom | 06/15/2015 9:01 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has filed applications in Federal Court seeking information from wireless carriers about how they set prices for Apple Inc.’s devices. The applications involve BCE Inc.,...

Glentel sales up more than 30%

telecom | 03/19/2015 4:25 pm EDT

Glentel Inc., a retailer of mobile products and services, said Thursday that its fourth-quarter revenue was up 32.8 per cent from a year earlier to $533.1 million, though its quarterly profit declined to $830,000 from $8.3...

Rogers settles with Competition Bureau on texting proceeding

Media | 03/16/2015 3:58 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and the Competition Bureau announced Monday that they had reached an agreement to end legal proceedings against the carrier in relation to so-called premium texting services...

Ont. municipality still interested in Eastlink buyout: report

telecom | 02/06/2015 7:31 pm EST

The Municipality of Kincardine in southwestern Ontario is interested revisiting the issue of selling publicly owned Bruce Telecom to Eastlink-owner Bragg Communications Inc., according to a news...

Glentel purchase could help Bell, Rogers avoid competition: analysts

telecom | 01/05/2015 9:53 pm EST

A deal announced Christmas Eve to split the ownership of wireless retailer Glentel Inc. between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. will help the incumbent carriers stave off competition from a potential fourth national wireless player in Canada, according to analysts. Glentel sells mobile services and related products from Bell, Rogers and their flanker brands, as well as products from Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., at nearly 500 locations across Canada through a variety of...

TVA purchase of Vision Globale cleared

Media | 01/05/2015 9:02 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.'s broadcasting unit TVA Group said last week that its purchase of TV production company Vision Globale has closed following approval from the federal Competition Bureau. TVA CEO Julie Tremblay said in a Dec. 30...

Apple ordered to provide records to Competition Bureau

telecom | 12/17/2014 5:20 pm EST

OTTAWA — Apple Inc.'s Canadian subsidiary has been ordered by the Federal Court to hand over records and other relevant information to help the Competition Bureau determine whether the...

Competition Bureau asks Apple to turn over records on iPhone contracts

telecom | 12/11/2014 10:45 pm EST

The Competition Bureau filed an application on Tuesday in federal court to compel Apple Inc. to turn over records related to an investigation into whether the company used anti-competitive language in...

TVA Group to purchase Vision Globale

Media | 11/13/2014 7:15 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.'s broadcasting operation TVA Group said Thursday it has reached an agreement to purchase film- and TV-production company Vision Globale for about $118 million. TVA said the transaction is subject to approval by...

Budget bill gives CRTC sharper teeth

telecom | 11/10/2014 7:36 pm EST

New legislation proposed by the federal government will expand the powers of the CRTC, giving it the ability to fine offenders, share information with the Competition Bureau and exert control over companies that operate telecom services but do not own network infrastructure. Amendments to the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, under which the CRTC operates, are included in the government’s latest omnibus budget bill, introduced Oct. 23. Among the long-promised changes is the addition of monetary penalties to the commission's regulatory arsenal. In the proposed...

Wireline wholesale hearing to put focus on ISP access

telecom | 10/29/2014 4:55 pm EDT

The CRTC faces another major policy hearing next month, and this one has the potential to affect independent Internet service providers that depend on major telecom companies to connect them to customers. In September, the...

Government to ban paper bills for telecoms

telecom | 10/24/2014 8:16 pm EDT

The budget implementation bill introduced by the federal government in the House of Commons Thursday would forbid telecommunications companies for charging customers for paper bills. The bill would “prohibit providers of...

Quebecor says newspaper sale not connected to wireless expansion

Media | 10/06/2014 7:59 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. says there is no connection between the $316-million proposed sale of its English-language newspapers to Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and its intention of expanding its mobile services...

Bell Aliant makes concession on Ontera purchase

telecom | 10/01/2014 7:28 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau said Wednesday that Bell Aliant Inc. has responded to the bureau's concerns surrounding its purchase of an Ontario-government-owned telecommunications provider. The bureau said in a press release Bell...

Eastlink no longer buying Bruce Telecom

telecom | 08/15/2014 5:34 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc., which operates Eastlink, won’t be buying Bruce Telecom, the Competition Bureau said Friday. The bureau said in a press release that it reviewed the proposed acquisition and concluded that had...

Regulatory uncertainty could hurt innovation: experts

telecom | 06/16/2014 9:18 pm EDT

TORONTO — Ongoing interventions by Industry Canada, the Competition Bureau and the CRTC into Canada’s wireless industry are likely to harm future investments by telecom companies, Brookings Institute economist Robert...

Competition Bureau not appealing Chatr decision

telecom | 03/24/2014 6:37 pm EDT

The federal Competition Bureau said Monday it will not appeal a court decision that hit Rogers Communications Inc. with a much lighter penalty than it had sought in relation to Rogers’ claims that its Chatr wireless service...

High roaming rates ‘likely’ hurting competition, says bureau

telecom | 01/29/2014 8:15 pm EST

The Competition Bureau said high roaming rates charged to domestic wireless competitors are “likely” hurting the level of wireless competition in Canada. On Wednesday, the bureau said in...

Competition bureau cites telecommunications as area of concern

telecom | 12/05/2013 8:37 pm EST

The Competition Bureau said Thursday that Canadians have identified telecommunications as an area the office should target in advocating for increased competition. The bureau said in a news release that telecommunications emerged in a recent public consultation as a sector that could benefit from more competition, along with the pharmaceutical industry and self-regulated professions. “Through this advocacy consultation, Canadians have identified the telecommunications sector as one of the areas they want the bureau to focus its advocacy efforts on,” Competition Bureau spokesman...

Competition Bureau wants closer cooperation with CRTC

Media | 10/03/2013 9:05 pm EDT

Last month's deal for more cooperation between the Competition Bureau and the CRTC is “a first step, baby step,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said Thursday at a conference in Ottawa. “What really...

CRTC, Competition Bureau sign cooperation agreement

Media | 09/25/2013 8:30 pm EDT

The CRTC and the federal Competition Bureau reached a deal to encourage more cooperation between the two organizations, the CRTC said. In a release Wednesday, the commission said the deal will mean the two regulatory bodies share...

Pecman named commissioner of competition

Media | 06/13/2013 1:57 am EDT

John Pecman was named to a five-year term as new commissioner of the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada said Wednesday. Pecman has served as interim commissioner since former commissioner Melanie Aitken stepped down last year,...

Chatr hearings wrap up

telecom | 05/21/2013 9:31 pm EDT

The Ontario Superior Court wrapped up hearings in Toronto last week on the Competition Bureau's lawsuit against Rogers Communications Inc. for alleged "misleading advertising" related to its discount Chatr wireless brand. Final arguments finished last week for the Competition...

Competition Bureau supports regs for shorter wireless contracts, free device unlocking

telecom | 02/07/2013 10:48 pm EST

The CRTC should introduce rules to prevent wireless carriers from hindering customers who want to switch providers and require carriers to provide clearer service and pricing information to the public, the Competition Bureau said in regulatory a filing. In a submission released Wednesday for the CRTC’s online consultation on a proposed code of conduct for wireless carriers, the Competition Bureau said “switching costs,” such as termination fees, and consumers’ lack of...

Rogers says judge can ‘light a match’ to Competition Bureau case

telecom | 08/09/2012 10:40 pm EDT

TORONTO—Rogers Communications Inc. conducted industry standard tests to support its “fewer dropped calls” advertisements in 2010 that proved the ads to be true and now provide a...

Competition Bureau investigating Bell Media carriage agreements: court documents

Media | 08/01/2012 5:03 pm EDT

The federal Competition Bureau is investigating whether BCE Inc. is using its stable of “high-demand television” channels to place “anti-competitive” restrictions on competing...