CRTC kicks off hearings on high-speed internet cost, access

The CRTC today kicked off hearings that could determine the future of internet service in Canada. The purpose of the hearings is to determine how much access small internet service providers should have to high-speed service across the country. A few years ago, the regulatory body introduced rules that forced the large telcos to share [...]

Canadians will no longer need to give 30-days notice to cancel TV, internet or phone service

Looks like another strike for the Big Three telcos. The CRTC today announced that Canadians will no longer have to give their provider advance notice if they would like to cancel their television subscription service. This is the first, of presumably many, decisions to come out of the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” public hearings that [...]

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

The CRTC yesterday commenced hearings to determine the future of television in Canada. The broadcast regulator will be hearing proposals from companies and individuals; the outcome of these hearings could heavily alter the way television content is delivered to Canadians. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters [...]

Rogers called out by CRTC for “unjust discrimination” in roaming agreements

by Christina Peden The CRTC says they have found “clear instances of unjust discrimination” by Rogers after holding formal public proceedings to determine if certain wireless companies were employing discriminatory tactics in their roaming agreements with smaller competitors. The findings indicate that Rogers imposed ‘exclusivity clauses’ on smaller wireless carriers that prohibited them from using [...]

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. [...]

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