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Connectivity is a human right, says Irekvist

Internet and Governance | 06/18/2024 6:10 pm EDT

TORONTO – Connectivity is not only a tool for good, it is a human right, the president of Ericsson AB’s Canadian division told the Canadian Telecom Summit Tuesday. Jeanette Irekvist spoke about the digital divide plaguing much of Canada. “Those that are not...

Ashton says Bell provides poor service to Manitoba communities

telecom | 06/05/2024 6:21 pm EDT

A New Democratic Party MP attacked BCE Inc. for not knowing its customers and providing them with inadequate service. Manitoba’s Niki Ashton was speaking in the House of Commons Tuesday on an opposition day motion regarding price gouging. Ashton, her party’s critic...

Senate committee takes up study of internet service quality bill 

Internet and Governance | 04/30/2024 6:01 pm EDT

The Senate Committee on Transport and Communications began its study of...

Digital divide still exists in Northern Ontario, study finds

Internet and Governance | 04/24/2024 6:27 pm EDT

The northern lights.Northern Ontario is lagging behind the rest of the province when it comes...

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...

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 jointly spending $112 million to roll out high-speed internet service to 22,500 households in 166 communities. Indigenous communities make up 3,400 of the total. Federal Minister of Rural Economic...

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...

FCC to boost internet connection speeds, CRTC non-committal

telecom | 11/20/2023 3:37 pm EST

As the Federal Communications Commission in the United States announced it...

Eastlink announces purchase of Northern Ontario ISP

telecom | 10/05/2023 11:18 am EDT

Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink announced the purchase of a Northern Ontario telecom service...

Feds and BC roll out broadband, Videotron expands footprint

telecom | 09/26/2023 4:12 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have joined together to...

Federal government rolls out broadband in Cape Breton

telecom | 09/05/2023 3:38 pm EDT

The federal government is spending $1.2 million for high-speed internet service in Cape Breton in Nova...

ISED tops up Universal Broadband Fund in Labrador Indigenous project

telecom | 08/15/2023 4:46 pm EDT

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development has added a further $10.3 million in funding for internet rollout in several Indigenous communities in...

Broadband interventions begin to flow into CRTC

Internet and Governance | 07/21/2023 3:48 pm EDT

The CRTC has published some of the interventions for its proceeding into the Broadband Fund. Most of the...

Canadian, Alberta governments invest $96M in high-speed internet

telecom | 07/11/2023 3:28 pm EDT

The federal and Alberta governments announced a $96 million plan to roll...

Canada and Ontario invest $4 million towards Internet rollout

telecom | 06/27/2023 4:32 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced another shared...

Telus’ claim about Huawei equipment met with scorn in St. Albert, Alta. 

telecom | 06/15/2023 4:03 pm EDT

A town in Alberta is condemning Telus Corp. for slowing down the rollout of...

CRTC missed opportunity to hold NorthwesTel accountable to consumer concerns in Far North: PIAC

telecom | 06/01/2023 5:18 pm EDT

The CRTC presented its public opinion research (POR) research on telecommunication services in the Far North so late in its ongoing consultation process that BCE Inc. 's...

Northern Ontario faces digital divide, study finds

telecom | 06/01/2023 5:08 pm EDT

Residents of northern Ontario are still underserved when it comes to internet rollout, a new study...

CRTC approves claims for broadband rollout

telecom | 05/05/2023 1:40 pm EDT

Friday the CRTC issued approvals for several claims under the Broadband Fund. Three companies will receive money to roll out infrastructure across the country. ATG Arrow...

Government announces new licencing policy for 5G

Internet and Governance | 05/03/2023 5:03 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced Wednesday that the...

Auditor General finds internet connectivity lags in rural and Indigenous areas

Internet and Governance | 03/27/2023 5:20 pm EDT

Auditor General Karen Hogan released a quartet of reports on the...

CRTC opening up Indigenous Broadband Funding stream in policy review

telecom | 03/23/2023 6:57 pm EDT

The CRTC is looking for feedback on how it can improve its Broadband Fund,...

All sides endorse Mazier’s internet bill in committee

telecom | 03/21/2023 3:59 pm EDT

Conservative MP Dan Mazier’s private member’s bill on internet service...

Canadian and Ontario governments invest $15 million in broadband rollout

telecom | 03/16/2023 2:09 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced two projects that will...

Senate ‘one-size-fits-all’ spectrum deployment bill is counter-intuitive: CWTA, CanWisp, ISED

telecom | 03/09/2023 2:45 pm EST

Telecom experts say that a Senate bill that would force spectrum licence holders to deploy service to at least 50 per cent of its geographic population within three years of...

SaskTel CEO retiring

telecom | 02/13/2023 5:47 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Co. announced the retirement of its president and CEO Doug Burnett. Burnett will be leaving at the end of May to early June,...

Federal government invests $31 million in Nova Scotia broadband

telecom | 12/19/2022 4:02 pm EST

The Canadian government announced Monday that it is investing up to $31...

Feds continue rollout of connectivity, Quebec achieves universality

telecom | 12/16/2022 1:20 pm EST

The federal government’s Innovation Science and Economic Development...

Indigenous Connectivity Summit calls for more inclusion in consultations

telecom | 12/07/2022 1:19 pm EST

Indigenous telecommunications stakeholders are calling on the government to incorporate them into its consultation requirements, and develop a participatory and inclusive...

CanWISP worried ISED proposals will reduce rural connectivity

telecom | 12/01/2022 7:04 pm EST

"Stringent" limitations proposed for the non-competitive licensing (NCL)...

CRTC officially releases its third call for Broadband Fund applications

telecom | 11/30/2022 5:12 pm EST

The CRTC is now accepting applications for eligible transport...

Feds rollout $2.6 million in broadband in Alberta First Nations community

telecom | 11/11/2022 12:14 pm EST

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.Thursday the federal government announced it was rolling out $2.6 million...

Nova Scotia warns telecoms to be ready in case of emergencies

telecom | 10/14/2022 5:02 pm EDT

Thursday the Nova Scotia government tabled amendments to two laws which it...

Wholesale HSA service not needed in Far North; LEOs will do: Northwestel

telecom | 10/12/2022 4:59 pm EDT

There’s no need for BCE Inc.’s Northwestel to introduce wholesale...

Feds meet with telecoms over Hurricane Fiona, NS premier unimpressed

telecom | 09/30/2022 12:58 pm EDT

Heads of Canada's major telecommunications companies met with federal...

Nova Scotia premier blasts hurricane response from Big 3 and Eastlink; calls on ISED to intervene

Media | 09/28/2022 5:37 pm EDT

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston wrote to Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, blasting the lack of information available to Nova Scotians from their...

Cell phone, internet service still out in many parts of Atlantic Canada

telecom | 09/26/2022 5:27 pm EDT

Hurricane Fiona wreaked havoc on Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec last...

Xplornet rebranding to Xplore as it plans to expand rural footprint  

telecom | 09/13/2022 5:11 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc.  is rebranding to Xplore Inc. “to better...

Federal government, BC announce $1.9m in broadband rollout

telecom | 09/06/2022 4:59 pm EDT

The Canadian government has partnered with the government of British...

Federal government increases connectivity in Quebec and Ontario 

telecom | 08/26/2022 5:06 pm EDT

The federal government announced two projects on Friday that will increase...

Britain and Australia provide example for internet ads, PIAC says

telecom | 08/17/2022 6:52 pm EDT

Canada should look to Britain and Australia for lessons on how to regulate internet advertising, a new study by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre maintains. The consumer...

CRTC approves statements of work for several broadband projects

telecom | 07/19/2022 3:54 pm EDT

Tuesday the CRTC issued approvals of several statements of work for...

Telus invests $23 billion in Ontario over four years

telecom | 07/05/2022 4:00 pm EDT

Telus Corp. unveiled a $23 billion investment in broadband and related technologies across Ontario...

CRTC approves claims for broadband rollout in North

telecom | 06/27/2022 4:18 pm EDT

Monday the CRTC approved claim forms for four projects under the Broadband Fund. The payment orders went...

CRTC looks at improving telecom services in Far North

Media | 06/08/2022 4:21 pm EDT

The CRTC announced it was initiating a proceeding to improve telecommunications services in Canada’s...

Canada and Quebec invest $200K each in broadband rollout

telecom | 05/26/2022 5:27 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and of Quebec are each investing $199,305 in...

Canadian LEOs challenge SpaceX’s offering, Gov. subsidy

telecom | 05/16/2022 7:04 pm EDT

Players in the low-earth orbit satellite (LEOs) space are casting doubt...

Senator calls for greater broadband access to First Nations

Media | 04/29/2022 3:29 pm EDT

A Saskatchewan senator called on the government to do more to ensure...

Government announces more internet connectivity projects funded in Ontario

telecom | 04/22/2022 5:14 pm EDT

Friday, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced which projects will...

$5m announced for rural internet in BC 

telecom | 04/21/2022 5:03 pm EDT

In an announcement Thursday, the department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) said it was allocating $5 million to connect some 3,300 households in British Columbia to high-speed broadband internet.  The funding will go to three different companies...

Canada and Ontario governments pledge $56 million for broadband rollout

telecom | 04/19/2022 3:29 pm EDT

The governments of Canada and Ontario are jointly investing $56 million for...

SaskTel announces $337M investment in province

telecom | 04/13/2022 4:29 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is investing approximately $337 million of capital in...

Feds rollout $20 a month internet for low-income families and seniors

telecom | 04/04/2022 1:22 pm EDT

The federal government is providing low-income families and seniors with...

CRTC allocates $19m for broadband rollout in Alberta and B.C.

telecom | 03/29/2022 4:25 pm EDT

The CRTC has issued $19.5 million from the regulator's Broadband Fund for...

Feds announce $41M in funding for rural Alberta broadband

telecom | 03/15/2022 4:57 pm EDT

The federal government is investing $41 million to deliver high-speed broadband to 5,806 households in Alberta, the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development announced Tuesday.  The funds are coming out of the Universal Broadband Fund's Rapid Response...

Consortium to run fibre network from Europe to Asia through Northwest Passage

telecom | 03/11/2022 4:51 pm EST

An Alaskan company has unveiled a billion-dollar project to run fibre from...

Federal government matches provincial funds for Alberta broadband

telecom | 03/09/2022 2:14 pm EST

The federal government is earmarking $240 million in matching funds to...

Canadian, BC governments invest $830M in high-speed internet

telecom | 03/08/2022 12:01 pm EST

The federal government has partnered with the government of British...

Alberta invests nearly $400 million in rural broadband rollout

telecom | 03/02/2022 4:31 pm EST

The province of Alberta will spend $390 million over four years to provide...

Gov. announces funding to connect remaining Newfoundland rural households

telecom | 02/22/2022 5:44 pm EST

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The federal government and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador are...

Government spends $41M to bring broadband to rural Alberta

telecom | 02/09/2022 5:27 pm EST

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.The federal government is investing $41 million to roll out broadband in...

Telus, Iristel, say administrative monetary penalties don’t apply in 867 dispute

telecom | 01/24/2022 7:05 pm EST

The CRTC cannot impose fines on either Iristel Inc. and Telus Corp. after...

Gov. award Ontario AI company contract to map out rural broadband access

telecom | 01/12/2022 9:15 am EST

The Government has awarded a Toronto-based analytics company that uses...

Base Technology gets money from CRTC Broadband Fund

telecom | 12/01/2021 1:58 pm EST

The CRTC has granted Base Technology Ltd. up to $750,000 Wednesday to roll out broadband in rural British Columbia. The money comes from the commission’s Broadband Fund. The company’s plan will see Birken, D’Arcy and the N’Quatqua First Nation offered connectivity...

Telus launches Indigenous reconciliation plan amid goals for connectivity

telecom | 11/29/2021 2:31 pm EST

Telus Corp. Monday unveiled a program to connect Indigenous communities to...

Indigenous connectivity needs separate funding from feds’ UBF: Telus exec

telecom | 11/17/2021 7:40 pm EST

The federal government’s Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), by having rural...

Internet Society releases Indigenous connectivity recommendations

telecom | 11/09/2021 10:34 am EST

Indigenous stakeholders in Canadian telecoms are renewing their calls for...

Telesat announces new chief commercial officer, president of Government Solutions 

Media | 10/26/2021 1:00 pm EDT

Satellite operator, Telesat Corp. appointed an executive in the communications industry in its newly created chief commercial officer and moved its former vice-president of...

CRTC approves work on  Cogeco, Columbia Basin, Broadband Fund projects

telecom | 10/22/2021 6:14 pm EDT

Two telecom companies can start work on their Broadband Fund projects now...

CoopTel says Bell subsidiary doesn’t need 5 months to implement competition changes

telecom | 10/21/2021 5:36 pm EDT

Quebec-based telecom company CoopTel wants the...

Deadline extended for ISED consultation on new regime for licensing unused spectrum

telecom | 10/12/2021 5:35 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is extending the...

Xplornet announces new CTO

telecom | 10/06/2021 4:01 pm EDT

Xplornet Communications Inc. announced Dennis Steiger as its new chief technology officer in a Wednesday press release. Steiger will lead the architecture, planning,...

Telus expands networks in five B.C. communities 

telecom | 09/27/2021 1:52 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is expanding its 5G network in four British Columbia communities as part of its $13 billion...

Xplornet announces rural 5G standalone network

telecom | 09/22/2021 3:12 pm EDT

New Brunswick-based rural broadband provider Xplornet Communications Inc. announced Wednesday it’s...

Spectrum license exclusivity must go: Mozilla advisor

telecom | 09/21/2021 6:36 pm EDT

A cell tower with a blue sky in the background.In order to achieve better spectrum sovereignty for Indigenous communities in Canada, the government has to scrap the guarantee of exclusivity from existing spectrum licenses, so regulators can reassign unused bands, according to one policy advisor. “This is a profound...

Conservatives would reject mergers impacting competition: O’Toole

telecom | 09/07/2021 5:14 pm EDT

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said during a press conference on...

Broadband blues: the UBF and its discontents

telecom | 09/03/2021 5:50 pm EDT

With a federal election called for Sept. 20, parties have pledged to make Canadians’ lives better in a...

Rogers picking up Nova Scotian ISP

telecom | 08/23/2021 5:35 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has made a deal to acquire Seaside Communications, a long-time local internet...

The Wire Report’s guide to the 2021 federal election 

Media | 08/17/2021 2:35 pm EDT

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally called Sunday for a...

Telesat reports rising expenses and drops in revenue, profit for Q2

telecom | 08/13/2021 3:28 pm EDT

Telesat Corporation, a newly-public satellite company with plans to connect Canadian communities to broadband internet using a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation,...

Rural B.C. receives $17.3m from UBF, provincial fund, for high-speed internet projects

telecom | 08/06/2021 4:57 pm EDT

The government has announced more than $17.3 million of funding for four high-speed internet projects in rural British Columbia in an effort to close the digital divide in...

CRTC announces 10 projects, $20.5M, in Broadband Fund

telecom | 08/04/2021 5:39 pm EDT

Approximately 3,625 households will benefit from the CRTC’s Broadband Fund, after a Wednesday announcement of 10 projects selected to receive a total of $20.5 million....

Bell wants more notice for payments into NCF

telecom | 04/22/2021 6:02 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is objecting to proposed changes to the procedures for the operation of the National Contribution Fund, saying that a proposed system for payment forecasts does not allow contributors to the fund to plan properly. In...

SaskTel wants stay on BH Telecom funding

telecom | 04/20/2021 2:52 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is requesting a stay in the distribution of $9.5 million in funding the CRTC awarded to BH Telecom Corp. for a Saskatchewan project that BH Telecom says that would connect more than 26...

Internet equity gap grows for rural areas during pandemic: CIRA

Media | 04/14/2021 12:21 pm EDT

Internet speeds for rural Canadians continue to remain “well below” the recommended CRTC speeds, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people “are counting more than ever on reliable broadband...

SaskTel objects to CRTC funding for BH Telecom, says project is duplicative

telecom | 04/12/2021 6:06 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has asked the CRTC to overturn its decision to award $9.5 million in funding to BH Telecom Corp. for a project in Saskatchewan that would connect some 26...

Universal broadband fund likely to be highly oversubscribed: ISED official

telecom | 03/31/2021 5:39 pm EDT

The federal government’s Universal Broadband Fund is in high demand, according to a speech from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) senior director David Willis Wednesday at...

Broadband project in rural Manitoba getting $260 million

telecom | 03/26/2021 3:00 pm EDT

The federal government’s Canada Infrastructure Bank and DIF Capital Partners have signed an agreement in principle to spend $130 million each to increase rural broadband connectivity through the...

Rogers, feds announce eastern Ontario wireless expansion project

telecom | 03/19/2021 4:13 pm EDT

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the Province of Ontario, the federal government, and Rogers Communications Inc. Friday announced a $300 million project with the goal of connecting 99 per cent of homes, businesses and major roads in the eastern Ontario region with wireless service.  Of the total funding for the project, Rogers has committed $150 million, with the provincial and federal government each committing $71 million, and the remaining $10 million from the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus.  EORN, which is spearheading the Cell...