CRTC

Rogers Called Anti-Competitive by OneSoccer for Refusing to Carry Streaming Service

According to The Globe and Mail, sports streaming startup OneSoccer has filed an official complaint against Rogers with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications (CRTC). OneSoccer alleged in its complaint that Rogers' refusal to carry the channel on its cable lineup amounts to anti-competitive behaviour as the former competes directly with Rogers's Sportsnet service. The company's filing...

CRTC to Invest $20.5 Million for LTE Wireless Along Highways in 3 Provinces

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it would spend up to $20.5 million from the Broadband Fund to expand LTE wireless along 425 kilometres of highways and roads in Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The CRTC says the funds will "also support improved Internet and mobile wireless access that will benefit 2,250 households in...

TekSavvy Blasts Ottawa for Allowing Quebecor to Acquire VMedia

Quebecor recently acquired Toronto-based VMedia, one of the more prominent independent providers of internet, TV, and phone services in Canada, and fellow independent telecom provider TekSavvy is not happy about it. "This takeout by one of the country’s giant cable firms is another blow to the market and consumer choice," Peter Nowak, Vice President of...

Rogers Says an ‘Always On’ Network Will Cost $250 Million

Rogers plans to build a $250 million "always on" network as a precaution against future outages, company CEO Tony Staffieri told the House of Commons Industry and Technology committee on Monday (via Global News). In the wake of the network outage earlier this month that left millions of Canadians without cellphone and internet service, Rogers...

House of Commons Industry Committee to Investigate Rogers Outage

The House of Commons Industry and Technology committee is launching a study into last week's nationwide Rogers network outage that affected cellular, wireline, and internet service — reports CTV News. At least two of the meetings toward the planned study will take place before July 30. Committee members will invite executives from Rogers, representatives from...

CRTC Demands Answers from Rogers Over ‘Unacceptable’ Outage, Gives 10 Days to Respond

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced on Tuesday it is demanding Rogers answer questions about its recent nationwide network outage that affected millions of customers, while also shutting down parts of the country’s financial backbone, INTERAC. "Today, the CRTC ordered Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) to respond to detailed questions and provide a...

CRTC Warns of Rogers Outage Scam Texts Offering Bill Credits

Just like after last year’s Rogers outage in April, scammers are again targeting customers with fake text messages, claiming action is needed to get bill credits. Rogers warned customers about fake scam texts going around earlier this week. "We are aware of scam text messages being sent claiming to offer credits in the wake of...

CRTC ‘Monitoring’ the Nationwide Rogers Network Outage

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said on Friday morning the ongoing major Rogers network outage is on its radar. "We are aware of the outage that is affecting internet and mobile services on Rogers networks in Canada. We are monitoring the situation,” said the commission. https://twitter.com/CRTCeng/status/1545421054851649539 In a follow-up tweet, the CRTC admitted the Rogers...

CRTC Chair Says Bill C-11 Will Let Regulator ‘Manipulate’ Tech Algorithms

The federal government's proposed Online Streaming Act will give the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the power to influence changes to algorithms used by online streaming platforms to serve content. CRTC chair Ian Scott confirmed as much to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications during a Wednesday hearing on the Act, also known...

Criticism of Content Streaming Bill is ‘Misinformation’ Says Liberal MP

As part of its study of Bill C-11, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recently heard from a total of 48 witnesses who either appeared as individual stakeholders or represented organizations. Out of the 48 witnesses, 16 individuals either raised concerns over the possibility of the legislation pushing user-generated content into regulation or challenged the...

CRTC Seeks Public Input to Improve Telco Services in the Far North

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Wednesday launched a public consultation asking how it can improve telco services in the Far North. "We want to hear from you on what actions we should take to improve telecommunications services in communities in the Far North,” explained the CRTC. "We are inviting comments on Internet...