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BTLR’s Yale encouraged by Australian news compensation model; too reliant on big tech, says OpenMedia

Media | 07/06/2021 6:18 pm EDT

An initiative explored this past month in a Senate private member's bill effectively “hitched our wagon to the continued growth of these big companies” like Facebook Inc....

Online watchdog organizes day of action against site blocking proposal

Media | 05/27/2021 6:22 pm EDT

An organization with the aim of keeping an open and affordable internet is “speaking out across Canada to defend access to the internet” by launching a day of action...

Don’t push sexual content onto the “dark web”: advocates to ETHI committee

Media | 04/19/2021 5:56 pm EDT

As the House of Commons Ethics committee considers the protection and privacy of individuals online, advocates criticized its lack of consideration for sex workers Monday and...

Feds considering site-blocking proposal

Media | 04/14/2021 6:20 pm EDT

The federal government has launched a consultation document to solicit feedback on whether or not it...

Botnet-blocking provides security for Canadians: CSE

telecom | 04/13/2021 5:57 pm EDT

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has argued that the average Canadian’s cybersecurity...

CRTC’s botnet-blocking proposal draws telecom opposition

Media | 03/17/2021 4:37 pm EDT

Telecommunications companies big and small have expressed opposition to a CRTC proposal that would require Canadian ISPs to block malicious botnet traffic on their networks. Interventions filed this week in response to a public consultation spelled out a host of concerns...

Internet Society expresses concern over CRTC botnet blocking plan

Media | 03/16/2021 4:02 pm EDT

The Internet Society (ISOC) has highlighted what it says are “significant risks” in the CRTC’s proposal for Canadian ISPs to be required to block malicious botnet traffic on their networks....

Rogers still too vague about its use of ITMPs: TekSavvy

telecom | 10/02/2020 4:02 pm EDT

In an ongoing dispute between Rogers Communications Inc. and some of its third party internet access (TPIA) wholesale customers over COVID-19-related internet traffic management practices (ITMPs),...

Site-blocking further expanded in GoldTV case

Media | 03/13/2020 4:28 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Quebecor Inc.'s Groupe TVA, and Rogers Communications Inc. — the trio of companies behind Canada's first ever website-blocking order — have submitted a draft order adding new domains to the Federal Court.  In a...

CIPPIC, CIRA to challenge court authority in site-blocking case

telecom | 02/07/2020 3:54 pm EST

Both the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and the Canadian...

Court docs detail expansion of Canadian website-blocking order

Media | 01/08/2020 4:58 pm EST

Fresh documents are shedding light on how Canada’s first piracy case...

Court orders Canadian ISPs to block pirate website for the first time

Media | 11/15/2019 6:35 pm EST

In a precedent-setting decision, a Federal Court judge has ordered internet...

Distributel asks court for ability to challenge future site-blocking

Media | 09/19/2019 7:22 pm EDT

In the event Federal Court allows a site-blocking application brought by...

Telecoms say speed throttling doesn’t violate net neutrality

telecom | 08/06/2019 2:37 pm EDT

The big three telecoms are telling the CRTC that their practice of slowing...

CRTC asks wireless providers to justify post-data cap throttling

telecom | 07/04/2019 4:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked several telecoms to explain how their throttling of wireless speeds once customers exceed their data allotments doesn’t violate the commission’s regulatory policy on internet traffic management practices (ITMPs). In a June 28 letter posted to its website this week, the regulator issued requests for information to eight telecoms related to their use of ITMPs. That includes questions to Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile, Rogers Communications Inc. regarding its Chatr flanker brand, and BCE Inc.’s Bell MTS and Lucky Mobile about throttling mobile speeds after...

Groups diverge on handling of net neutrality in comms laws

Media | 01/18/2019 5:25 pm EST

Canada’s current laws implicitly protecting net neutrality are sufficient...

CRTC asks Ottawa for single regulator on passive infrastructure

Media | 01/10/2019 6:28 pm EST

The CRTC is formally asking the federal government to make one regulatory...

Yale responds to criticism about review panel consumer reps

Media | 11/01/2018 2:29 pm EDT

OTTAWA – Conservative senators doubled-down on a previously-raised...

CRTC reviewing ISPs’ differential pricing practices

telecom | 10/03/2018 1:39 pm EDT

The CRTC is reviewing Canadian ISPs’ traffic management and differential pricing practices for compliance with its net neutrality framework, according to a letter sent out by the commission requesting specific information from...

Senators asked to champion net neutrality in comms laws review

Media | 09/18/2018 6:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- Lawmakers need to make net neutrality a major priority and imprint the principle into any new communications legislation, University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist and Carleton University communication studies professor Dwayne Winseck told Senators Tuesday....

Gov’t cites NAFTA over U.S. net neutrality rollback concerns

Media | 06/22/2018 1:33 pm EDT

The federal government is affirming its commitment to enforcing the...

Making net neutrality law redundant: telecom execs

Media | 06/05/2018 9:37 pm EDT

TORONTO — If there was a single point of agreement among panelists representing both small and big...

Motion seeking to enshrine net neutrality into law passes

Media | 05/24/2018 12:56 pm EDT

A motion asking the government to consider enshrining the concept of net...

FCC net neutrality repeal to be effective June 11

telecom | 05/10/2018 7:04 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s repeal of its 2015 net neutrality rules will take effect...

Gov’t shouldn’t allow FairPlay regime: House committee

telecom | 05/09/2018 6:12 pm EDT

The House ethics committee said that if the CRTC rules in favour of a...

Internet Society establishes lobby footing in Canada

Media | 03/27/2018 6:32 pm EDT

A decades-old organization that is pushing for a multilateral approach to decision-making on the future...

Telecoms defend FairPlay to MPs, call for 5G net neutrality flexibility

Media | 02/13/2018 2:01 pm EST

OTTAWA — Representatives from Canada’s biggest telecoms argued that...

Liberals signal interest in enshrining net neutrality in law

Media | 02/06/2018 7:24 pm EST

OTTAWA — The idea of of explicitly making net neutrality part of...

Cross-industry coalition calls for website-blocking

Media | 01/29/2018 6:21 pm EST

A broad coalition made up of Canada’s largest telecoms and broadcasters, as well as groups representing content creators, is asking the CRTC to put in place a system to block pirated content. The FairPlay Canada coalition represents 25 organizations and companies,...

Scheer says he supports net neutrality

telecom | 01/03/2018 5:28 pm EST

Opposition leader Andrew Scheer has said he supports net neutrality, despite statements by his Innovation...

Canadian gov’t reiterates net neutrality support as FCC kills 2015 rules

telecom | 12/14/2017 5:00 pm EST

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2...

Scheer mum on net neutrality as CPC MPs take opposing sides

Media | 12/13/2017 4:39 pm EST

Opposition leader Andrew Scheer isn’t going public with his position on...

FCC sets Dec. 14 date for net neutrality roll back

telecom | 11/21/2017 4:49 pm EST

In a release on Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to end net neutrality rules established during Barack Obama’s presidency. Pai’s goals, outlined in a statement, include...

Pai confirmed for second FCC term

telecom | 10/03/2017 12:27 pm EDT

The United States Senate confirmed Monday current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai for a second five-year term. Pai first became an FCC commissioner in 2012, and was named chairman of the commission following the election of Donald Trump. The agenda for his second term will include an attempted revamp of current net neutrality rules. The consultation for that process that began in May. “Since January, the Commission has focused on bridging the digital divide, promoting innovation,...

Joly’s cultural policy continues drawing mixed reaction

Media | 09/29/2017 5:20 pm EDT

Various groups praised the promised investment in production and promotion...

New CRTC vice-chair not afraid of tough issues: ISED PS

Media | 07/19/2017 12:22 pm EDT

The CRTC’s incoming vice-chairwoman of broadcasting, Caroline Simard, has...

FCC’s net neutrality changes could affect Canada, some experts say

telecom | 07/12/2017 4:37 pm EDT

On Wednesday, major internet and tech companies teamed up to rally against...

‘Battle for the Net’ coming Wednesday

Media | 07/10/2017 2:23 pm EDT

Major internet-based companies and organizations are preparing to participate in a Wednesday campaign...

Uphold net neutrality for free expression: UN report

telecom | 06/06/2017 4:40 pm EDT

Net neutrality is a digital pillar in citizens’ right to free expression, according to a report by the United Nations special rapporteur, or independent expert, on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion...

Big three take aim at Videotron customers

telecom | 05/29/2017 4:27 pm EDT

BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. are trying to lure customers of Quebecor...

Videotron asks for extension on Unlimited Music finale

Media | 05/25/2017 2:13 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron is asking the CRTC for more time to comply with...

FCC consulting on proposal to reverse net neutrality rules

telecom | 05/19/2017 5:14 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on its...

Net neutrality issues will re-emerge with IoT: MEI

telecom | 05/03/2017 9:04 pm EDT

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) will force a new perspective on net neutrality and zero-rating, a report from the Montreal Economic Institute argues. “The development of the Internet of Things will bring to the fore a whole new set of situations in which it may be necessary to treat customers, devices, applications or platforms differently,” the report, released Wednesday, said. Authors Martin Masse and Paul Beaudry said that some prioritizing “will have to happen in order to ensure the robustness and security of certain connections.” This includes...

U.S. court declines to rehear net neutrality appeal

telecom | 05/01/2017 8:11 pm EDT

A U.S. appeal court said Monday it won’t reconsider an appeal of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules. In July 2016, CTIA-The Wireless Association asked the court to...

FCC head outlines plans for Open Internet rejig

telecom | 04/26/2017 7:58 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will introduce a proposal next month for a new plan to replace the existing Open Internet order, also referred to as Title II, Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday. Speaking at an...

Telecoms to compete on service after zero-rating decision: analysts

Media | 04/21/2017 4:11 pm EDT

The CRTC’s decision Thursday to ban most forms of zero-rating means telecoms will have to rely on service in order to stand out from the competition, analysts said. The...

CRTC effectively bans most zero-rating in differential pricing decision

Media | 04/20/2017 8:04 pm EDT

As the CRTC banned most forms of differential pricing practices Thursday — including declaring that telecoms can’t pick and chose Internet content to zero-rate and...

Sandvine warns about zero-rating ‘fraud’

telecom | 04/19/2017 5:33 pm EDT

A new report from broadband equipment maker Sandvine Corp. says that some Internet users are avoiding data charges by disguising Internet traffic to look like zero-rated content. “Enticed by the potential of receiving unlimited data for minimal (or no) cost, subscribers have a strong incentive to engage in circumventing behaviour,” the company said in its Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight report, released Wednesday. Sandvine sells services that allow telecoms to identify such circumvention, it said in the report and in a press release. The report used data from a case...

Telecoms shouldn’t be gatekeepers, Blais says ahead of differential pricing decision

Media | 04/18/2017 8:30 pm EDT

The CRTC may very well complete the record on net neutrality policy in Canada when it releases its decision Thursday afternoon on differential pricing practices,...

Facebook beefs up lobbying squad

Media | 03/21/2017 3:04 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. is increasing its government relations presence in Ottawa, with three new registrations filed with the lobbying commissioner’s office last month. According to the federal lobbyists’...

CPC leadership contenders outline views on media, telecom issues

Media | 03/09/2017 9:51 pm EST

On May 27, members of the Conservative Party of Canada will select who will succeed former prime minister Stephen Harper as permanent leader of the party, relieving interim Opposition leader Rona...

Wireless Code review poses regulatory risk: Desjardins

telecom | 02/13/2017 8:41 pm EST

The CRTC’s review of the Wireless Code “generates regulatory risk across the industry,” with the biggest potential threat being mandating the separation of device costs from...

FCC won’t take action against zero-rating: Pai

Media | 02/03/2017 10:19 pm EST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Friday it won’t “focus on denying Americans free data” going forward, as it ended its investigation into zero-rated offerings. New chairman Ajit Pai said in...

Ajit Pai nominated as new FCC chairman

Media | 01/23/2017 10:33 pm EST

Ajit Pai has been picked by the new U.S. president to lead the United States' telecom regulator, Pai announced on Twitter Monday. In a statement, Pai said he looks “forward to working with the new Administration,...

Zero-rated programs from vertically integrated providers may cause harm: FCC report

Media | 01/12/2017 10:00 pm EST

A branch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it had concerns with the differential pricing practices used by Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. as it...

Amazon little threat to Netflix, Crave for now: analyst

Media | 01/05/2017 9:44 pm EST

A tepid launch of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime video streaming service in Canada doesn’t seem likely to pose a challenge to existing players in the Canadian streaming market — for...

Tom Wheeler leaving FCC in January

Media | 12/15/2016 5:53 pm EST

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler is leaving his post as head of the United States regulator on Jan. 20, 2017. Wheeler said in a written statement Thursday that serving as chairman “during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life… It has been a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.” Measures passed during his three years at the commission...

CRTC suspends PIAC website blocking application

telecom | 12/09/2016 8:57 pm EST

The CRTC has suspended a Part 1 application by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) asking the commission to declare as unconstitutional a Quebec law that would force providers to block certain online gambling...

FCC dep’t engaging in ‘wild goose chase’ over zero-rating: commissioner

Media | 12/05/2016 10:08 pm EST

A branch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is engaging in a “wild goose chase” by investigating a pair of companies’ zero-rating offers, according to one commissioner....

Eisenach named to Trump “landing team”

Media | 11/21/2016 10:55 pm EST

Jeffrey Eisenach has been named to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s “landing team,” with responsibility for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a Monday press release. Mark Jamison,...

CRTC chair OK with being ‘disruptive showman’

Media | 11/16/2016 11:21 pm EST

OTTAWA — With more than six months left in his term as CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais isn’t ready to start using the word “legacy” in relation to his term as head of the Canadian regulator, but in a...

Internet companies reach out to new U.S. leadership

Media | 11/14/2016 10:37 pm EST

An organization representing four-dozen major online-based companies has reached out to president-elect Donald Trump, congratulating him on his victory while proposing digital policy planks for his administration to consider. “The internet industry looks forward to working with you on policies that encourage this kind of growth, innovation, and consumer choice,” the Internet Association said in the letter posted Monday to its website. The association’s membership includes Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter...

Videotron goes on defence as differential pricing hearing wraps

Media | 11/04/2016 11:49 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Those who innovate shouldn’t be penalized because their competitors can’t keep up, the CRTC heard Friday from representatives of the telecom company...

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...

No proven harm from differential pricing: Bell

Media | 11/01/2016 9:41 pm EDT

GATINEAU — The CRTC shouldn’t take the non-participation in this week’s hearing by content providers who might eventually benefit from zero-rating and other differential pricing practices as non-interest, a...

Zero-rating regime should be similar to ITMP framework: CNOC

Media | 11/01/2016 12:50 am EDT

GATINEAU — On the first day of the CRTC’s hearing on differential pricing practices, a consortium representing small telecoms asked the CRTC to allow but regulate the practice of zero-rating,...

Reddit reaction to differential pricing overwhelmingly critical

Media | 09/30/2016 8:07 pm EDT

Users of Reddit Inc.’s website have largely railed against differential pricing in a discussion initated by the CRTC, with an overwhelming number of comments on the social platform expressing...

Differing opinions on how to guide differential pricing, interventions show

telecom | 09/23/2016 8:09 pm EDT

Even among those who support differential pricing practices such as zero rating and sponsoring data, there isn’t a consensus as to how they should be regulated by CRTC, according to additional...

CRTC taking to Reddit to ask about differential pricing

Media | 09/19/2016 8:22 pm EDT

The CRTC will host a public discussion on differential pricing practices for Internet data plans on Reddit Inc.’s website, the regulator said Monday. The commission said in a notice it...

Advocacy groups, telecoms agree with CRTC on website blocking

telecom | 09/19/2016 6:54 pm EDT

Reponses filed with the CRTC last week by consumer, advocacy and industry groups indicate that all parties support the CRTC’s preliminary view on Quebec’s Bill 74, which would block access...

ITMP complaints steady: CRTC

telecom | 09/09/2016 5:48 pm EDT

The CRTC received nine Internet traffic management practices (ITMP) complaints in the three months ended June 30, bringing the yearly total (since July 1, 2015) to 33. The quarterly number of complaints was the same as the quarter preceding it, and two more than the seven complaints reported in the October-to-December period, according to an ITMP update published by the regulator on Friday....

Trump lacks broadband, telecom policy: report

telecom | 09/07/2016 4:46 pm EDT

Much of the divide between the two leading candidates for the U.S. presidency is that one has articulated policies on technology and innovation while the other has not, according to a new report by Information Technology and...

CRTC weighs in on legality of Quebec online gambling law

telecom | 09/01/2016 9:43 pm EDT

The CRTC is looking for input on a preliminary view it’s taken regarding the legality of blocking of Internet content, as it considers how to deal with a complaint about a Quebec law mandating...

E.U. issues final guidelines on net neutrality rule implementation

telecom | 08/30/2016 9:38 pm EDT

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has put out guidelines that clarify its rules on net neutrality, including zero-rating. The guidelines will serve as...

Net neutrality, rural broadband raised during Bains chat

telecom | 07/29/2016 8:10 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains took questions from Twitter Inc.’s Toronto office Friday afternoon, in a question-and-answer session during...

Telecom groups launch new opposition to FCC net neutrality rules

telecom | 07/29/2016 4:01 pm EDT

An American association representing wireless service providers is asking for the United States federal court to rehear and re-evaluate June’s decision upholding the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. In a Friday court filing, CTIA-The Wireless Association asked the U.S. appeals court for a full-bench review of the policy levied by the FCC last year that includes provisions against Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocking or throttling Internet traffic. In a statement posted to the FCC website, commission chairman Tom Wheeler said...

Second challenge to Bill 74 begins as CWTA goes to court

telecom | 07/27/2016 9:11 pm EDT

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has filed a court challenge to a Quebec law that would force telecoms to block some illegal gambling websites, telling the court...

Quebec online gambling law unconstitutional: PIAC

telecom | 07/11/2016 6:41 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is asking the CRTC to deem as unconstitutional a Quebec law compelling Internet service providers (ISPs) to block certain online gambling websites. In a new Part 1 application...

Bell mobile-TV appeal dismissed

Media | 06/20/2016 11:43 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the CRTC’s ban on BCE Inc.’s zero-rated mobile-TV plans, a year and a half after the commission ruled the company couldn’t exempt the service from data caps. In a...

U.S. court upholds FCC net neutrality rules

telecom | 06/14/2016 4:28 pm EDT

A U.S. appeals court has denied an industry appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. The court issued a decision Tuesday in favour of a framework the FCC imposed last year,...

Zero-rating hearing generational chance to end data caps: OpenMedia

telecom | 06/09/2016 5:21 pm EDT

Advocacy group OpenMedia is calling on the CRTC to end data caps, which it says are a result of a “broken telecom market,” ahead of a commission hearing on zero-rating. In a Tuesday press...

Industry execs blast Quebec Internet-blocking, call for CRTC involvement

Media | 06/08/2016 12:29 am EDT

TORONTO — Executives from Canada’s telecom companies took aim at a new bill by the Quebec government that would force Internet service providers (ISPs) to block some gambling websites...

Zero rating review deadline extended

telecom | 06/03/2016 5:40 pm EDT

The CRTC has extended the deadline for comments in its review of “differential pricing practices.” An original deadline of June 17 for the filing of interventions regarding zero rating and...

Quebec online gambling law would have ‘huge’ costs for ISPs: CWTA

telecom | 05/26/2016 9:57 pm EDT

New Quebec legislation forcing Internet service providers (ISPs) to block certain online gambling websites from being accessed in the province could put smaller ISPs out of business, industry reps...

Zero rating good economics, in the public interest: report

telecom | 05/24/2016 5:50 pm EDT

Zero-rated services are in the public interest and “unlikely” to stand in the way of an open Internet, according to a new report from an American think tank, which recommends that U.S. regulators back non-exclusive zero-rated programs. Not only does zero rating advance innovation, but allowing mobile customers to access specific content without it counting against their data plans also “has the potential to enhance discovery of applications or websites not included in zero-rated offerings,” the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) report,...

Shoan launches second challenge to Blais’ power to name panels

telecom | 05/24/2016 5:04 pm EDT

CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan has filed another court challenge regarding the ability of CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to assign commissioners to panels that make decisions on issues before the...

CRTC launches review of zero-rating, sponsored data

Media | 05/18/2016 9:32 pm EDT

Net neutrality advocates welcomed the CRTC’s launch of a new consultation on “differential pricing practices” for both wireline and wireless data plans Wednesday, a process that will see a public hearing kick off...

Modify zero-rated plans to hit net neutrality goals: Sandvine

Media | 05/16/2016 9:24 pm EDT

If communications providers stick to principles of transparency and openness, zero-rated and sponsored data services can stay out of regulatory and consumer trouble, according to a report released...

Effect of zero-rating on competition under debate

Media | 05/06/2016 8:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A panel discussion on net neutrality Friday dug into whether zero-rating can help or harm market competition, with Ted Woodhead, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Telus Corp. taking issue with the...

T-Mobile adds more providers to Binge On service

Media | 03/17/2016 9:22 pm EDT

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. announced Thursday it has added more video providers to its unlimited mobile video streaming service, Binge On, including Google Inc.’s Youtube, Google Play Movies and Discovery GO. It said in a press release that Binge On will now have more than 50 video services that customers can stream for free without cutting into their wireless data, which represent more than 70 per cent of “of all video T-Mobile customers watch on their phones and tablets each month.” The release added that the service is “one of the Un-carrier’s most popular...

Court hears mobile-TV case

Media | 01/20/2016 8:27 pm EST

BCE Inc.'s appeal against a CRTC decision banning the provision of mobile-TV services that are not subject to regular data charges was heard by the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto on Tuesday, and the court is expected to render a decision some time in the coming months. Almost a year ago,...

Verizon allows companies to cover data costs for consumer access

Media | 01/19/2016 7:44 pm EST

Verizon Communication Inc. announced Tuesday it is introducing a new sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data, to help businesses drive better consumer engagement without cutting into...

CRTC asks Videotron why zero-rate and not increase data caps

Media | 12/02/2015 4:37 pm EST

The CRTC is asking Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron to answer 16 questions regarding its Unlimited Music service, including why it chose to launch a zero-rating service rather than increase data caps....

FCC chairman praises zero-rating service

telecom | 11/19/2015 10:01 pm EST

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), told reporters Tuesday a service that exempts some video from wireless data caps is “highly innovative and highly competitive,” Bloomberg...

Facebook expands Free Basics

telecom | 11/16/2015 5:23 pm EST

Facebook Inc. said in a press release Monday that “more than 60 new services are available” on its Free Basics app in the 29 countries where citizens can access it. “Free Basics is now available to more than one...

European Commission sets net neutrality rules

Media | 10/27/2015 8:11 pm EDT

The European Commission voted Tuesday to set net neutrality rules for the first time in the European Union law.   The new law, which was detailed in a fact sheet on the commission’s website, will include no blocking or...

Rogers, Telus on opposing sides of zero-rated music case

Media | 10/15/2015 8:39 pm EDT

An undue-preference complaint against a music streaming service offered by Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has Rogers Communications Inc. arguing that zero-rating the service is a net-neutrality...

CRTC postpones intervention deadline in Videotron music case

telecom | 10/06/2015 7:28 pm EDT

The CRTC has moved back the deadline for interventions in an undue preference complaint against a music service offered by Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron. The previous deadline in the case against...

CRTC merges complaints against Videotron music service

Media | 09/28/2015 7:36 pm EDT

The CRTC has merged two complaints against a service by Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron that exempts some music streaming services from counting against mobile customers’ data caps. Videotron introduced the service, called Unlimited Music, in late August. It allows mobile customers to listen to music streaming offered by Stingray Digital Group Inc., Google Inc.’s Google Play, Deezer and Spotify AB without incurring data charges. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) filed a Part 1 complaint a few days later, arguing that such an exemption amounts to an undue preference....