About a month ago or so, I turned on my Apple TV and noticed that apps for two new Canadian online video services — Shomi (jointly owned by Rogers and Shaw) and CraveTV (Bell Media) — had appeared in the user interface. The app menus are nicely integrated with the Apple TV OS, which makes […]

At this week’s Canadian Telecom Summit, Mary Ann Turcke gave her first public speech as President of Bell Media (Ms. Turcke formerly held the position of Group President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio for Bell Media). The speech presented an opportunity for Bell’s management to distance itself from the unpopular views of recently-ousted Kevin […]

This past weekend, the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications held a conference at the University of Ottawa titled “Rebooting Canada’s Communications Legislation.” The well-attended event focused on the challenges facing law and policy in an environment of rapid change brought on by the Internet, and featured suggestions, insights, and analysis from many of […]

In the Berkman Center’s 2010 report on “Next Generation Connectivity,” the Harvard-based think tank classified Canada as a case of “regulatory hesitation,” due to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s less-than-enthusiastic willingness to discipline incumbent firms. This week’s release on wireless from the CRTC shows just how far we’ve come since then, but also highlights […]

In the beginning of November, CRTC Chairman JP Blais delivered a comprehensive speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade. The topic was a familiar one: trust the regulator to succeed in its quest to seek out, define, and ultimately to defend the public interest. Indeed, Mr. Blais has made his goal clear from the beginning […]

It used to be that universal telephone service was achieved through a cross subsidy flowing from business to residential users. Businesses were heavy users of long distance services, which were provided above cost to ensure that all Canadians had access to local telephone service. That practice went out the window with the introduction of competition, […]

In a bygone era of telecommunications policy, the Canadian state conferred regional monopoly privileges on companies such as Bell Canada and B.C. Tel (today Telus), and in return those companies were required to meet certain social goals, perhaps the most well known of which was universal service. Some might call this part of a “regulatory bargain.” […]

On June 19, omnibus budget bill C-31 received Royal Assent, amending (among many other things) the Telecommunications Act to include provisions capping the wholesale roaming rates carriers charge each other at no greater than last years’ retail rates. You may remember that reducing roaming rates was pegged as a government priority in last fall’s throne […]

Paul Goodrick of the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research group has written an excellent article about this year’s Canadian Telecom Summit  – you should check it out. The focus was mainly on the much-touted “Regulatory Blockbuster,” and Paul’s piece puts on display his superb ability to analytically distill complex arguments. The video (along with others) is […]

This week, Statistics Canada released some results from its “Residential Telephone Service Survey.” Last conducted in 2010, the 2013 figures are notable because they show that “wireless substitution” is picking up steam, especially amongst those younger than 35 years of age. The report notes that “Total cell phone use, whether used exclusively or in combination […]

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