CRTC denies an application by Ice Wireless Inc. for relief against Rogers

CRTC shuts down Sugar Mobile in big victory for Rogers, Big 3 ‘It’s a big blow’ to Canadian consumers, says Sugar Mobile president Samer Bishay By Aaron Saltzman, Mar 01, 2017 – From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/sugar-mobile-rogers-telus-bell-cellphone-crtc-1.4004569 Sugar Mobile has been offering cellphone plans for as low as $19 a month. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) The CRTC has ordered Sugar Mobile, an upstart[…]

Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities

From https://www.fcm.ca/Documents/issues/FCM_2017_North_SeizingTheMoment_EN.pdf Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for federal budget 2017 With unprecedented long-term infrastructure investment promised and poised to be committed, the upcoming federal budget has the potential to transform this country. To unlock that potential, this investment must benefit Canadians from coast to coast to[…]

Bell Canada raises their prices for Internet services again

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bell-tv-internet-price-increase-1.3941455 Bell Canada raising prices on home internet, TV in February Increases primarily affect customers in Ontario and Quebec Bell Canada is increasing monthly prices for a number of its residential communications services, including home TV and internet packages, beginning in February. The increases will primarily affect customers in Ontario and Quebec. According to the Bell[…]

Look beyond incumbents with new $750M fund, Iristel tells CRTC

from http://www.thewirereport.ca/briefs/2017/01/03/look-beyond-incumbents-with-new-%24750m-fund-iristel-tells-crtc/31638 Look beyond incumbents with new $750M fund, Iristel tells CRTC THE WIRE REPORT PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, 01/03/2017 1:48 PM EST Iristel Inc. is asking the CRTC to “go beyond the ‘same old players’ to companies committed to competition and enhanced services for Canadians” when it comes to providing funding as part of its new $750-million[…]

50 Mbps speeds, LTE part of CRTC’s new basic service requirements

From http://thewirereport.ca/news/2016/12/21/50­mbps­speeds­lte­part­of­crtc%E2%80%99s­new­basic­service­requirements/31633 50 Mbps speeds, LTE part of CRTC’s new basic service requirements NEWS | THE WIRE REPORT PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, 12/21/2016 4:15 PM EST LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, 01/03/2017 9:57 AM EST GATINEAU, Que. — Advocates are calling the CRTC’s new basic service requirements — which include a minimum of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload[…]

A critical perspective on the CRTC BSO decision from “The Canadian Public”

From http://thecanadianpublic.com/2016/12/everything-is-data-disruptive-response/ Everything is Data – Disruptive Response Posted on December 30, 2016 by François Caron Copies of this article will be sent to ISED Minister Navdeep Bains and to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. A request will be made to the CRTC that this article be published alongside our other submissions during Telecom Notice of[…]

Canadians Have Right to High Speed Internet Access – Liberal MP press release

Click here to see press release on Robert Nault’s web site  CANADIANS HAVE RIGHT TO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS December 21, 2016 (KENORA) Wednesday, Dec. 21  – The Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, expressed his optimism following the declaration today by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that access to high-speed[…]

CRTC broadband decision: Big win for rural and northern communities

Click here for FCM Press release CRTC broadband decision: Big win for rural and northern communities (21/12/2016) FCM President Clark Somerville issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the Review of Basic Telecommunications Services. Broadband is now fundamental to modern life and commerce. The[…]

A First Mile Response to CBC Opinion piece on CRTC BSO decision

In response to Saadia Muzaffar’s opinion piece on CBC’s web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/broadband-basic-service-1.3913627 –What good is declaring broadband a ‘basic service’ without regulating retail prices? Without affordability thresholds, there’s no guarantee that access in vulnerable communities will improve .. Brian Beaton wrote this First Mile response: IT IS THE FIRST STEP in a very long process .. It has taken[…]