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 [...]

Government launches program to bring high-speed internet to 280,000 more Canadian households

by Christina Peden Industry Canada has announced a plan to bring high-speed internet to 280,000 Canadian households currently without internet or with slower access. The program, dubbed Connecting Canadians, will extend access to broadband internet at speeds of at least 5 Mbps to 98 percent of Canadian households, particularly under-served rural and remote communities. The [...]

Canadians pay more for mobile service than other G7 nations: report

by Christina Peden Canadians pay higher prices for mobile service compared to their international peers, a new report shows. The study, commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC, reveals that the heaviest users of mobile services — those that pay for voice, text and data — saw price decreases of 27 per cent to just [...]

Government announces more wireless airwaves to boost competition

by Christina Peden Industry Minister James Moore today announced that the government will auction more ‘prime’ wireless spectrum, with 60% of the airwaves set aside for smaller mobile providers such as WIND, Mobilicity and Videotron. According to Moore, this is part of his government’s plan to foster competition in the country’s wireless market, which is [...]

Honeywell launches new ‘Lyric’ smart thermostat

by Christina Peden Honeywell this week launched their latest innovation — the Lyric smart thermostat, designed to make managing the temperature in your home easier than ever. An obvious competitor to Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, the Lyric uses your smartphone location to determine when you’re at home and when you’re away. With the geofencing feature, [...]

Bell launches new ‘Home Hub’ for Fibe customers

Bell announced today the launch of Home Hub, a new modem and WiFi router combination designed exclusively for Bell Fibe customers. The company is promising WiFi speeds up to 3 times faster than most residential routers, as the device features the latest 802.11ac wireless standard. “As we continue the rapid rollout of the world-leading Fibe [...]

TELUS to invest $2.8 billion across B.C. through 2016

Telus has announced that it will invest $2.8 million in new infrastructure and facilities through 2016 in BC to bring the “world’s fastest wireless technology” to the province.

Wi-Fi to be offered in parks across Canada

Parks Canada is planning to make wireless Internet hotspots available at parks across the country this year, it has been announced.

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