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CRTC Gives Corus Relief on Canadian Content Spending Rules

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved Corus Entertainment's request to reduce its Canadian content spending requirements from 8.5% to 5% of revenue, starting May 13, 2024. Corus, the country's largest provider of independent programming, submitted a proposal last fall, seeking a reduction in spending obligations for programs of national interest (PNI) and...

CRTC Warns Scammers are Impersonating their Support Line

The CRTC is warning Canadians that scammers are currently impersonating them, specifically their Consumer Support Line. The Commission announced on X on Wednesday, "There is a scam using the phone number of the CRTC’s Consumer Support Line. If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be from the CRTC, do not give any personal or...

CRTC Denies Quick Decision on ‘Big 3’ Fibre Network Sharing

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has rejected a request by Bell and several independent internet providers for an expedited decision that would block incumbents from using competitors' fibre networks to deliver services. According to CRTC secretary-general Marc Morin, the petition, filed in March, lacked sufficient evidence of irreparable harm, reports The Canadian Press....

CRTC Delays Streaming Act Until After Next Federal Election

Just over a year ago, the Senate passed Bill C-11, which granted the CRTC the right to regulate user content and promote “officially Canadian” content. Known as the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11 saw over 100,000 Canadians oppose the amendment that would update the country’s Broadcasting Act. But yesterday, the CRTC announced it has now...

Quebecor Axes Manitoba Plans, Blames CRTC Telus Decision

Quebecor says it is disappointed following a CRTC arbitration decision made today, regarding the access rates it must pay to Telus under the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) regime. "We are surprised that the CRTC wants to limit the choices of Canadians who would like to enjoy innovative new wireless plans at better prices,” said...

CRTC Study Comparing International Roaming Fees Coming Soon

The CRTC reiterated this week it has commissioned a study to compare international roaming fees charged by Canadian telecoms versus the world, and it should be out soon. According to the CRTC, "The study is comparing the fees that Canadians pay with the fees charged in other countries. It will help us decide the best...

Rogers Gets CRTC Funding to Boost Cell Service in Northern BC

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced on Friday its plan to improve cellphone service along a 70-kilometre stretch of Highway 37 in northern British Columbia. Through its Broadband Fund, the CRTC will fund Rogers for the construction of new cell towers. This will bring improved access to emergency services and positively impact nearby...

TekSavvy Asks CRTC for Fair Wholesale Rates at Hearing

TekSavvy made a compelling case for the need to adjust wholesale internet rates to ensure fair competition and consumer choice, speaking at the CRTC public hearing that’s been ongoing this week. Andy Kaplan-Myrth, TekSavvy's VP of Regulatory and Carrier Affairs, alongside Pierre Aube, Chief Operating Officer, and Jessica Rutledge, Director of Regulatory and Consumer Legal...

Rogers Urges CRTC to End Wholesale Internet Mandates

On Thursday, the fourth day of the CRTC’s public hearing on internet competition, Rogers argued for the phasing out of the current wholesale network access model, which allows smaller players to resell access. "The decisions you make in this proceeding will impact both the scale and pace of these capital expenditures and could jeopardize the...

Bell Pushes CRTC for Fibre Access Limits; Telus on Hold

Speaking at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) public consultation today, Bell and Telus took their chance to explain their stances on sharing its network to smaller competitors. Bell wants specific conditions on the access of smaller internet providers to competitors' fibre networks. This appeal was made during the CRTC's ongoing consultation on fostering...

Xplore, Eastlink Give Wholesale Internet Arguments to CRTC

During a hearing on Tuesday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was told that a national framework enabling smaller internet providers access to competitors' fibre networks could greatly benefit residents in remote regions, by offering more affordable internet. New Brunswick-based Xplore said a framework for enabling smaller companies to compete effectively with larger carriers,...

Bell Denied by Court to Temporarily Halt CRTC Fibre Access Ruling

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed Bell’s plea for a stay against the CRTC’s decision to allow independent ISPs wholesale access to the latter’s fibre network. The court decision was made on Friday, after Bell announced job cuts of 4,800 positions, blaming the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) for causing it to slash...