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CRTC rejects Xplornet request to make non-payer disconnection easier under Internet Code

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:21 pm EDT

The CRTC has rejected a request from Xplornet Communications Inc. to repeal certain language from the regulator's Internet Code that raised the barrier for cutting off customers that haven't paid.  In a Wednesday decision, the commission wrote that it was not swayed by arguments put forward by Xplornet -- and supported in interventions by BCE Inc. and Bragg Communications Inc.'s Eastlink -- that the CRTC's move to adopt a standard that would only allow disconnections on accounts that were...

CNOC says Rogers failing to comply with CRTC request 

telecom | 05/11/2021 5:12 pm EDT

In an escalation of an ongoing fight over upgrades to a new modem, the Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC) has accused Rogers Communications Inc. of failing to comply with a CRTC directive to confirm that it will continue to allow the installation of a particular type of modem for its third-party internet wholesale customers while a dispute over the modems is before the CRTC.  In a Monday letter to the CRTC, CNOC wrote that Rogers has instead told CNOC that it will not require the updated modems until December 31, 2021.  "Rogers does not confirm that TPIA customers will not...

Federal court backs Eastlink in union expansion dispute

telecom | 03/24/2021 5:29 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeals handed a small win to Bragg Communications Inc. in a dispute with trade union Unifor, in which the union was seeking to enlarge a collective bargaining unit of Eastlink...

CNOC asks CRTC to stop Eastlink from axing modems

telecom | 01/24/2020 4:42 pm EST

The Canadian Network Operators Consortium has asked the CRTC to prevent Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink from effectively requiring a number of its third-party internet access customers to remove a particular type of modem...

Eastlink says it consulted community on opposed Moncton tower build

telecom | 08/22/2019 3:40 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink followed public consultation protocol when it advised New Brunswick residents that it was planning to build a cell tower in a residential area, according to...

Japanese comics publisher wants info on alleged infringer from ISPs

Media | 08/20/2019 5:17 pm EDT

Shueisha Inc., a Japanese publisher of comic books, has filed an...

Resistance to tower builds shows need to ‘rethink’ consultations: MP

telecom | 04/30/2019 4:35 pm EDT

Residents of a New Brunswick town are asking the Federal Court to review the government’s approval of a proposed telecommunications tower by Bragg Communications Inc.’s...

Bell tops broadband speed tests, but falls in customer satisfaction survey

Media | 06/22/2018 5:06 pm EDT

In a pair of studies measuring home internet service this week, BCE Inc. was positioned at the two ends of the spectrum, topping out the list of fastest connections in Canada, but falling to near the...

CRTC starts next steps on disaggregated regime expansion

Media | 03/12/2018 4:47 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking telecoms to provide information about demand for high-speed internet as the next step toward implementing the disaggregated wholesale regime in regions outside Ontario and Quebec....

Telecoms at odds on mandatory-roaming licence conditions

telecom | 08/22/2017 2:15 pm EDT

The CRTC’s 2015 decision to regulate wholesale wireless roaming has made...

STB data measurement complex task, group says

Media | 06/30/2017 2:23 pm EDT

Activity by a working group tasked with studying the implementation of an audience measurement system via...

Eastlink expanding gigabit Internet service

telecom | 06/19/2017 5:13 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink is making 1 GB Internet speeds more widely available and will target the consumer market. "For years, we have been providing Gigabit speeds and higher to our larger business customers...

‘Alternative video’ services more satisfying than pay TV: study

Media | 06/08/2017 3:10 pm EDT

Non-traditional TV subscribers, such as those who use over-the-top (OTT) services, are more satisfied than those with traditional pay-TV subscriptions, a new J.D. Power survey suggested. Customers...

Eastlink wireless service launches in St. John’s

telecom | 06/08/2017 12:42 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink has added wireless service to Newfoundland and Labrador, with the plans now available in the greater St. John’s area. In a Thursday press release, the company said customers can make the...

CRTC to review pick-and-pay rollout in Oct.

Media | 05/18/2017 5:07 pm EDT

The CRTC will hold a hearing on a number of broadcast distribution undertakings’ [BDUs] licence renewal...

Carriers made $37.7M from phone unlocking last year: CRTC

telecom | 03/02/2017 6:06 pm EST

The CRTC has released aggregate data that shows wireless service providers earned $37.7 million in revenue by unlocking phones last year. That’s up from $28.5 million in 2015 and $21.6 million in 2014, the commission said in a March 1 letter issued as part of its review of the Wireless Code. The number of devices they unlocked also grew to 943,363 in 2016 from 922,931 the previous year and 734,595 in 2014. Phone unlocking was an issue that emerged during the public hearing portion of the review in February, with Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom...

Eastlink asks for review and vary, stay of interim wholesale rates

telecom | 01/20/2017 7:23 pm EST

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink is asking the CRTC to delay the imposition of lower wholesale high-speed access rates it put in place last year pending the outcome of a review-and-vary...

Pick-and-pay won’t tempt consumers to switch or subscribe: RBC

Media | 12/05/2016 6:26 pm EST

The pick-and-pay options launched by Canada’s TV providers last week aren’t likely to appeal to either current subscribers or those without traditional TV service, according RBC Capital...

Iristel files complaint over Eastlink’s competition refusal

telecom | 11/22/2016 10:24 pm EST

Iristel Inc. has filed a complaint with the CRTC over what it says is a “refusal” of Bragg Communication Inc.’s Eastlink to “implement local competition”...

CRTC should be flexible with zero-rating: Rogers

Media | 11/03/2016 12:08 am EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — While Rogers Communications Inc. said it generally does not support differential pricing practices (DPP), it suggested Wednesday that the regulator should stay flexible in its approach given...

Eastlink launches TV Everywhere app

Media | 09/08/2016 6:41 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink unveiled its new TV Everywhere offering Thursday, Eastlink Stream, offering a one-stop-shop for television subscribers to access content from multiple networks and over-the-top (OTT) services through one application. Developed with Cisco Systems Inc.’s Infinite Video platform, the free app is now available for Eastlink’s TV customers in all of its service areas.  “Consumers have gotten more and more savvy on how to find content,” Dan MacDonald, Eastlink’s vice-president of marketing, said during a press...

Eastlink expanding rural N.S. broadband access

telecom | 08/25/2016 2:51 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink is investing $6.5 million to expand high-speed Internet services to rural Nova Scotia, the company announced Thursday. “We appreciate that when it comes to Internet in rural Nova...

Rogers’ OMNI application a ‘band-aid’ solution, critics say

Media | 08/18/2016 7:14 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposal for a new national ethnic programming service is neither innovative nor appropriate in today’s TV environment aimed at providing consumers more...

CRTC allowing off-tariff GSM agreements, for now

telecom | 08/05/2016 8:50 pm EDT

The CRTC has determined that a hands-off approach to regulating roaming rates on GSM networks until it approves a final set of guidelines would not put smaller carriers in a negotiating disadvantage with larger ones. The...

Community TV complaints deferred: CACTUS

Media | 08/03/2016 7:05 pm EDT

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) said Wednesday it’s unhappy with the CRTC’s decision to put off complaints about alleged broadcast distribution undertakings’...

CRTC ‘rebalances’ TV system funds; up to $90M available for local news

Media | 06/15/2016 10:44 pm EDT

The CRTC has established new funding for local television news in a decision on its local and community TV hearing, though advocates expressed concern that the changes won’t happen quickly...

Eastlink expands wireless service to northern Ontario

telecom | 05/26/2016 9:22 pm EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink announced Thursday that it is launching wireless service in Timmins, Ont., on June 1. “Customers stuck in a contract can make the switch right away as Eastlink...

CRTC says incumbents can’t change terms in interim roaming rates

telecom | 11/30/2015 8:55 pm EST

The CRTC has told Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Telus Corp. that the terms and conditions in interim tariffs the incumbents filed following the CRTC’s move in May to regulate some...

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.,...

Eastlink to fully subsidize iPhone 6 series

telecom | 11/05/2014 8:10 pm EST

Eastlink said Wednesday it will start offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for no money down with two-year contracts to customers on Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island starting Friday. The company said in a press release that the 16 GB version of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 will be free with voice-and-text-only packages starting at $25.63 a month on two-year contracts. The 16GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus will also be available for no money down with monthly fees starting at $30.21 on two-year contracts. Adding data to these plans will cost $45 a month for 500 MB, $55 for 1 GB...

Eastlink launches wireless TV

Media | 10/16/2014 4:45 pm EDT

Eastlink announced a wireless TV service Thursday that will allow customers to use the company’s Maestro DVRs wirelessly on up to six different TVs. The company said in a news release the DVRs will record up to six programs...

Telus, Eastlink provide opposing perspectives on wholesale regulation

telecom | 09/30/2014 9:23 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC on Tuesday got opposing opinions on the need for wholesale wireless market regulation from two wireless carriers with very different perspectives. Incumbent carrier...

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...

Savings, simplification cited in BCE takeover of Bell Aliant

telecom | 07/23/2014 8:38 pm EDT

Saving money, simplifying operations and creating a stronger telecom competitor in Atlantic Canada were among the reasons cited for why BCE Inc. is seeking ownership of all parts of Bell Aliant Inc....

Bragg to further build network over summer, plans more aggressive marketing

telecom | 05/09/2013 3:17 pm EDT

MONTREAL—Bragg Communications Inc. plans to continue strengthening its mobile wireless network in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island this summer as it prepares for more aggressive marketing of the service, company chief executive Lee Bragg said. “So far we’ve been very happy with the response in the market. We’re happy with the number of customers we’re getting,” Bragg told The Wire Report in an interview after he appeared for a CRTC hearing on BCE...

Eastlink to launch wireless service Friday

telecom | 02/13/2013 10:48 pm EST

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink subsidiary will launch its wireless network on Friday, Natalie MacDonald, vice-president of regulatory affairs at the company, said Tuesday. “We are excited to launch our service...

Eastlink launches TV-everywhere, puts up 150 cell sites

Media | 11/20/2012 9:56 pm EST

Bragg Communications Inc. provider Eastlink launched a new mobile-ready, multi-device video service called Eastlink To Go. In a conference call Tuesday, Lee Bragg, Bragg’s president and CEO,...

Bell Aliant, Bragg, potential suitors among 13 parties interested in Ontera: analysts

telecom | 08/29/2012 6:59 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s Bell Aliant, Bragg Communications Inc., MTS Allstream Inc. and smaller “niche” service providers are potential suitors to purchase Ontera, the...