CRTC takes telcos to task over paper billing fees

by Christina Peden The CRTC is challenging Canadian telecommunications companies over their choice to charge customers additional fees for paper bills. The governmental body plans to host a meeting with telecommunications and broadcast companies to discuss its concerns regarding the fees. The CRTC conducted a fact-finding mission to delve into the issues surrounding paper billing [...]

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC

by Christina Peden Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.  Meanwhile, the CBC is calling for Netflix Canada to subsidize the production of Canadian content. Imposing a ‘Netflix tax’ could “make it more difficult for Netflix to [...]

Frazzled by Your Cell Phone Bill? Tell it to the CRTC.

If you have a legitimate beef with how cell phone providers charge for their services, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is quite interested. Many Canadians are still confused about their mobile phone contracts, how particular items are billed and even what some of the terms mean. In an effort to build a new [...]

NFL Supporting BCE in CRTC Battle

The National Football League is on BCE Inc.’s side in its latest battle with the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Recall that in December, the CRTC ruled that BCE would not be permitted to restrict mobile broadcasts of hockey and football games to only Bell Mobility subscribers. BCE also owns broadcast networks CTV and TSN. [...]

Industry Canada puts moratorium on the use of television channel 51

In a letter to the CRTC last month, Industry Canada says it has put a moratorium on the use of television channel 51, the current upper limit of the broadcast spectrum band.

The Canadian move follows similar actions by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last August.

CRTC to review local TV programming improvement tax

The CRTC has announced that it will be holding a public consultation next April to review the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), and is inviting Canadians to submit comments by February 15, 2012.

The tax was implemented in 2009 after intense lobbying from Bell’s CTV Network and Shaw Media’s Global Television network.

CRTC seeks to end Nortwestel telephone monopoly in Northern Canada

In a Telecom ruling handed down today, the CRTC says it will open up Canada’s North to local telephone competition starting next May.

The federal regulator says residents in many parts of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut will have the option to choose from competing telephone service providers as of May 1, 2012.

Bell Mobility gets slap on the wrist for violating broadcast orders

In a broadcasting decision handed down today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) says Bell Mobility has violated the regulator’s New Media Exemption broadcasting orders.

After a complaint by Telus Communications, the federal regulator investigated and found that Bell had given itself a significant competitive advantage by entering into exclusive agreements for the mobile rights to popular National Hockey League (NHL) and National Football League (NFL) content.

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