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Rogers CEO to Meet with Minister Today Over Last Week’s Massive Outage [Update]

Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has scheduled a meeting with Rogers CEO Tony Staffieri today to seek answers for the nationwide network outage that left millions of Canadian citizens and businesses without phone and internet access on Friday — reports BNN Bloomberg. The pair will be joined by executives from other major telecom companies, and they...

Bell Gets $939,000 from Feds to Improve Mobile Connectivity in Rural Quebec

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Thursday it will be improving “mobile connectivity” in rural Quebec, with a nearly $1 million investment. Up to $939,035 in federal funding will be provided to Bell to improve mobile connectivity in the First Nations community of Les Atikamekw de Manawan, says ISED. The federal government says […]

Feds to Spend $500K to Expand High-Speed Internet to West Bragg Creek

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Monday it will invest close to $500,000 to bring high-speed internet to 280 homes in West Bragg Creek, Alberta. The money will come from the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) and is part of a previous March announcement this year, when Alberta and the federal government said they...
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Feds Announce New Telecom Decisions to Prioritize ‘Consumer Interests’ for Lower Bills

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced on Thursday the federal government will pursue a new policy direction of putting “consumer interests” first when it comes to telecom decisions. “Access to affordable and reliable Internet and wireless services is critical in today’s society and economy. This is why our government is making every...

Ottawa Invests $5 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet in Alberta

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Tuesday an investment of over $5 million to expand high-speed internet to over 7,339 homes in rural Alberta. Clearwater County and Switch Incorporated will receive funding from Universal Broadband Fund's (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, to implement high-speed internet for Nordegg, Hay Lakes, New Sarepta, Cooking Lake, Collingwood...

Feds, Ontario to Spend $24 Million for High Speed Internet to 1,180 Rural Homes

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Tuesday it plans to spend up to $24 million to expand high speed internet in Rural Ontario. Back in July 2021, the federal government and Ontario announced it would bring high speed internet to 280,000 rural homes with a joint investment of $1.2 billion. Today’s announcement earmarks...

Feds Won’t Allow Rogers to Acquire Shaw’s Wireless Licences, Says Minister

The federal government says it will deny the wholesale transfer of Shaw Communications Inc.'s wireless licences to Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) as part of the latter's proposed $16 billion CAD acquisition of Shaw — reports CP24. Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he is concerned about the implications Rogers' planned takeover of Calgary-based Shaw carries for competition...

Ottawa to Spend $1.3 Billion for Rural High-Speed Internet Expansion

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has announced this week nearly $1.3 billion in spending to expand high-speed internet to rural areas across Canada. In total, there was $1,293,300,000 in announcements made this week to bring high-speed internet to at least 299,390 homes (it works out to $4,319 per home). Check out the announcements below:...

Canada Touts Wireless Prices Have Dropped for 2 to 6GB Data Plans

Last year Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) started tracking the prices of mid-range data plans in Canada, to ensure incumbents such as Rogers, Telus and Bell lower their prices. On Friday, ISED provided an update on their price tracker that is following 2 to 6GB data plans in Canada. The government says it wants...

Canada, Quebec to Spend $44.57 Million for High Speed Internet to 4,250 Homes

The Government of Canada and Quebec announced on Wednesday it will invest $44.57 million to bring high-speed internet to 4,250 homes in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. Videotron will be tasked with the high speed internet rollout and will receive $42.22 million from both the federal and Quebec governments, out of the project’s total $44.57 million cost....

Feds to Spend $620,000 to Bring Rogers Internet to 146 Rural Homes in Ontario

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Friday it plans to invest $620,000 in federal funding for Rogers to expand its high-speed internet to 146 rural homes in Ontario (which works out to $4,246 per home). Underserved homes in the Carlsbad Springs area, plus the communities of Navan, Vars and Blackburn Hamlet, will get high-speed internet from Rogers. "We...