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.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is federal agency responsible for regulating and supervising the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems.
The regulator`s mandate is to ensure that both the broadcasting and telecommunications systems serve the Canadian public.
The CRTC said this week that it could not find any evidence that Netflix and other foreign Over the Top (OTT) media providers were having a negative impact on the Canadian broadcasting industry.
In releasing the results of its fact-finding exercise on Internet and mobile content, the federal regulator wrote that there was “no clear evidence” that Canadians were cancelling their television subscriptions because of OTT services.
Canada’s largest Internet Service provider Shaw Communications this week announced new broadband internet and television pricing bundles which the company says were developed after five weeks of customer consultation during February and March.
In addition to the new bundles, the company also announced that existing customers can keep their existing internet packages with the added bonus that their data caps will be more than twice their current levels.
Bell Aliant said today it will spend $22 million in order to bring a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to approximately 60,000 homes and businesses in St. John’s Newfoundland.
FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.
The number of Internet domain names grew by nearly 3.5 million in the final three months of 2010 according to Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief released today.
The report says the total number of registered domains increased by 12.1 million names or 6.3 percent during 2010 bringing the number of registered domain names across all Top Level Domains (TLDs) to 205.3 million.
The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically in the United States over the last year according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
The researchers found that two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.
The World Wide Web grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010, according to the “Domain Name Industry Brief” report out this week from Verisign.
The report finds the number of registered domain names ended the first quarter of 2010 with a base of more than 193 million domain name registrations, an increase of 11 million domain name registrations, or 6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009.