CRTC Denies Northwestel Request for Forbearance of Regulation of Wholesale Connect Service in NWT

Yesterday (Aug 24) the CRTC released its decision denying Northwestel’s request to be forborne from regulation of the Wholesale Connect service in light of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. From the CRTC’s announcement: The Commission denies an application by Northwestel for requesting forbearance from the regulation of its Wholesale Connect service in the communities served[…]

FMCC team presents at Indigenous Radio conference in Ottawa

A team of First Mile partners including Penny Carpenter from K-Net Services, Tim Whiteduck from First Nations Education Council (FMCC Chair), Dr. Heather Hudson and Dr. Rob McMahon travelled to Ottawa on June 15-17 to participate in the Indigenous Radio National Conference at the University of Ottawa. The presentations and notes about the conference will[…]

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees ..

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638 CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies ‘family’ plan rules Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:35PM EDT OTTAWA — Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.[…]

Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair – Michael Geist blog

From http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2017/06/blaiscrtc/ Putting the Internet at the Centre: Taking Stock of Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair June 12, 2017 Barring a last minute extension, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais’ term will come to an end this week. For those new to the CRTC, it is difficult to overstate just how much changed both procedurally and substantively[…]

CRTC rules against zero-rating by telecom industry

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/crtc-zero-rating-differential-pricing-decision-videtron-net-neutrality-2017-1.4077717 Your internet provider can’t pick which apps and services count against your data cap, says CRTC In a win for net neutrality advocates, carriers can’t use a controversial pricing practice called zero-rating By Matthew Braga, Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 If zero-rating is allowed, an internet provider could decide to exempt a video streaming service such[…]

CRTC planning new broadband infrastructure funding program for unserved and underserved communities

From http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/internet.htm Closing the Broadband Gap Following the review of Canada’s basic telecommunications services, the CRTC has established a universal service objective that Canadians – in rural and remote areas as well as in urban centres – should have access to voice services and broadband Internet access services on fixed and mobile wireless networks. The CRTC[…]

PIAC, ACORN & NPF continue lobby for CRTC to provide Affordability Subsidy

From https://www.piac.ca/our-specialities/crtc-asked-to-reconsider-affordability-subsidy CRTC ASKED TO RECONSIDER AFFORDABILITY SUBSIDY Lower-income Canadians, fixed income earners and seniors should have access to “basic service” including broadband OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications[…]

FMCC intervention in Northwestel’s request to CRTC for forbearance

The First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) filed the attached intervention letter concerning Northwestel’s application for forbearance concerning the delivery of broadband services in the Northwest Territories. We are sharing this document with everyone in the hope that it might be useful to you. If there are problems with the concerns we are raising about Northwestel[…]

Feb-June 2017 – The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence

An upcoming series of regional and national events provides an opportunity to discuss and plan for the upcoming CRTC review of the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89). These events will be of interests to Indigenous broadcasting groups, as well as people working in research and policy. For more information on “The Future of First Nations,[…]