Dec 19, 2011 — News Article: CRTC to Review Local Programming Improvement Fund
Saying the quality and the quantity of local TV programming in Canada is at risk, the CRTC will hold a public consultation and review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
BCE Inc. said it will challenge a ruling by the CRTC that the telecom giant must quash commercial agreements cut with the NHL and NFL to stream games exclusively to its mobile subscribers.
Nov 24, 2011 — News Article: CRTC tells francophone radio broadcasters to limit use of musical montages
The CRTC is telling two francophone radio stations that they must limit their use of musical montages, which can be used towards a regulated broadcaster's Canadian content or French-language vocal content.
As a result of the CRTC's ruling, telecom companies can choose to either charge independents a flat rate for usage, or based on capacity, and independent ISPs will have to decide each month how much bandwidth to purchase.
Nov 7, 2011 — News Article: What recession? Profits, greed and gifting thrive in TV land by John Doyle
Recently the CRTC released figures about commercial Canadian TV stations, showing their operating revenues in broadcasting came to $2.15-billion in 2010 - an increase of 9 per cent from 2009.
Nov 1, 2011 — News Article: High Noon at the CRTC
Columnist says new media players like Netflix pose a fundamental challenge to Canadian content regulations.
Columnist says the CRTC is facing a fight over its attempt to rein in a rapidly changing TV industry.
Oct 17, 2011 — News Article: Who Would Want Konrad’s Job? by Chris Powell
FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's independence and dedication to do what certain acts of Parliament demanded him to do speaks well of him.
The CRTC has decided against regulating online-streaming companies.
Oct 6, 2011 — News Article: CRTC backs off Netflix probe
The CRTC has decided not to pursue a formal review of online streaming companies that show TV content on the Internet.
Columnist says Konrad von Finckenstein’s term as chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom regulator is coming to an end, after five years characterized by clashes with the Tory government and a series of landmark decisions about the future of the industries it oversees.
Sep 22, 2011 — News Article: Vertical Integration: There's some love for the CRTC decision, but Bell calls for full system reboot by Greg O’Brien
Bell Canada’s regulatory chief says due to the CRTC’s new vertical integration policy, he wants to start over when it comes to our broadcasting laws and its regulation.
Sep 21, 2011 — News Article: Vertical Integration policy mandates safeguards, some exclusive content, programming flexibility
Columnist says the CRTC’s policy on vertical integration tries hard to balance the wants of Canadian television viewers with the commercial demands of the country’s largest vertically integrated broadcasters and television distributors, and the needs of the smaller and independent ones.
The CRTC has introduced a new set of controls on how television content can be sold, in a move that will curb BCE Inc.’s plans to use programming to boost its wireless business.
Sep 21, 2011 — News Article: CRTC sets rules on exclusive mobile video deals
The CRTC has ruled that companies such as Bell can't offer streamed hockey games or TV shows exclusively to their own mobile and internet customers — such content must also be available to competitors "under fair and reasonable terms."
The CRTC is forcing vertically integrated media groups to make all TV shows, including premium sporting events, available to competitors under fair and reasonable terms.
Sep 21, 2011 — News Article: Canada regulator tightens mobile, Internet rules
The CRTC says Canadian companies that own both television content and the means to distribute it will face tighter rules for selling programming rights to rivals.
Sep 17, 2011 — News Article: Digital deluge by Vito Pilieci
TV antenna dealer is swamped by inquiries from consumers anxious to tune in to new digital signals.
The CRTC has told Rogers Communications Inc. to come up with a plan before the end of September to stop slowing down the speed of online games.
Sep 15, 2011 — News Article: Jesse Kline: CRTC wants to control the volume on your television by Jesse Kline
Columnist says there is a possibility that a regulatory agency that figures it’s the government’s business to control the volume on our TVs has run out of useful things to do.
Astral Media says foreign Internet competitors like Netflix should be subject to the same rules as Canadian broadcast providers.
Sep 13, 2011 — News Article: TV ad volumes must be lowered
More than 7,000 Canadians responded to a call for comments from the CRTC on sound volume in ads and the overwhelming majority said loudness was a persistent problem.
Sep 1, 2011 — News Article: TV turns to digital from analog across Canada
Viewers who relied on outdoor antennas or rabbit ears for their television signal now need a converter box or a digital tuner in order to watch television.
Sep 1, 2011 — News Article: Switch to digital TV causes little static by Eric Volmers
Columnist says the switch from analogue to digital TV signals did not seem to cause much panic or public outcry in Calgary, with local stations reporting only a minor number of calls about TV screens suddenly going blank.
Aug 27, 2011 — News Article: Digital delay: Some broadcasters slowly getting the signal by Steve Faguy
Columnist says that despite having had four years to prepare, and despite the clearer high-definition picture and sound these digital transmitters provide, Canada’s broadcasters haven’t been very enthusiastic about switch from analog to digital.
Aug 26, 2011 — News Article: Analog to digital TV switchover explained by Brad Oswald
Columnist says the reason for the switch from analog to digital is that it will free up unused bandwidth which will either be dedicated to emergency and security services or auctioned off to private-sector telephone and media companies.
Aug 25, 2011 — News Article: Thousands could be left in the dark when TV signals shift to digital by Eric Volmers
FRIENDS says the government should follow the lead of the U.S., which subsidized low-income viewers and even some television channels to set up new digital transmitters.
Aug 23, 2011 — News Article: FCC Eliminates Fairness Doctrine in Rules Shake-Up
The FCC says the controversial Fairness Doctrine and 82 other rules governing electronic media have been deemed obsolete and will therefore be abandoned.
Aug 23, 2011 — News Article: Part I: The growth of the network media economy, 1984-2010 by Dwayne Winseck
Columnist says that amidst all the interest-driven media and Internet policy discussions boiling away today, and as scribblers everywhere anticipate the end of television, newspaper, music or book industries, there’s something missing: evidence.
Aug 22, 2011 — News Article: URGENT - Sept. 6 is Deadline to Comment on New "Code of Access Best Practices"
The CRTC is asking for public comment on a draft "Code of Access Best Practices" set out by the Canada's cable companies.
Aug 22, 2011 — News Article: Not your father’s rabbit ears by Kate Taylor
Enthusiasts point out that, because they are not compressed to be carried by cable or satellite, the over-the-air digital signals offer the highest definition images.
Aug 19, 2011 — News Article: More Canadians cutting the cords and going wireless, CRTC says by Sarah Schmidt
The CRTC says Canadians are turning off their televisions and cutting their land lines in favour of online streaming and smartphones in record numbers.
Aug 17, 2011 — News Article: Ready or not, digital TV is taking over by Conal Pierse
Analog television screens will turn to snow Aug. 31 as Canada switches to digital television broadcasts.
With more than 600 towers that rebroadcast CBC signals to less populated areas, the national broadcaster said it simply can't afford to meet the CRTC's demands to beam high-quality and often high-definition digital TV signals to a majority of Canada's populace for free over the air.
Aug 16, 2011 — News Article: CBC cleared to continue some analog TV signals
CBC will continue to broadcast analog over-the-air television signals from 22 transmitters that could have been shut down after the mandatory changeover to digital TV on Aug. 31.
Aug 11, 2011 — News Article: Canada may surf Super Wi-Fi wave by Jason Magder
Already approved for use in the U.S., Canada will consider clearing the way for the adoption of Super Wi-Fi - a wireless high-speed Internet with a range of up to 100 kilometres.
As of August 31, 2011 the CRTC is requiring all broadcasters to go digital in 30 markets, including all provincial capitals and cities with a population of 300,000 or greater.
Aug 5, 2011 — News Article: CKLN will move to online broadcasting
CKLN, which was located at 88.1 on the FM dial, went off the air in April because the CRTC said the station was not complying with its licence.
Broadcasters in the Greater Toronto Area have told the CRTC nothing has changed since 2007 that should permit Bell Media to expand an additional conventional station in an already overcrowded GTA TV market.
The CRTC says it's bringing in new rules to encourage bigger budget, higher quality Canadian programs, but homegrown performers fear the changes could ghettoize Canuck fare.
Jul 26, 2011 — News Article: Fast, affordable Internet about more than watching movies online by Roland Renner
Columnist says that for the CRTC and the Canadian film and video production industry, customers who use Internet video bypass the elaborate promotion of Canadian content.
Jul 23, 2011 — News Article: Telus head sets the record straight on usage-based billing by Robert McFarlane
Telus' executive vice-president and chief financial officer says mid-range Canadian Internet prices are actually about average when compared to other developed countries.
Jul 21, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John
FRIENDS asks the CRTC for clarification on the closing date for comments on the CBC application for a Saint John transmitter.
Columnist says CRTC commissioners have recognized that proposals based on limiting the volume of Internet use are not only bad policy but are ineffective in dealing with network congestion.
Jul 17, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John
Submission to the CRTC on CBC's proposal for a digital transmitter to serve Saint John New Brunswick.
Jul 13, 2011 — News Article: CRTC postpones CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal hearings by Hubert Lacroix
CBC President thanks all those who submitted interventions to the CRTC re: CBC's upcoming license renewal.
A question mark over government funding for Canada's public broadcaster has pushed upcoming license renewal hearings to June 2012.
Jul 8, 2011 — News Article: CRTC enforcement of net neutrality lax: advocate
Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa suggests the federal communications regulator's response to consumer complaints has been "superficial" and that complaints are "often dismissed without serious inquiry."
Jul 8, 2011 — News Article: CBC licence-renewal process delayed by CRTC
The CRTC has postponed hearings to renew broadcast licences for CBC/Radio-Canada until next year after numerous interveners have requested a postponement to the licence renewal process.
Jul 8, 2011 — News Article: CBC licence hearing delay fuels speculation about budget cuts by by Elizabeth Thompson
Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.
Canada's public broadcaster outlines its requests to the CRTC in their license renewal application.
Jul 2, 2011 — News Article: Geist: Why competition holds the key to a broken broadcast system by Michael Geist
Columnist says that after the CRTC's hearing on the consolidation of the Canadian communications market the only obvious conclusion from the hundreds of submissions and hours of debate is that Canada’s broadcast law framework is broken.
Jun 26, 2011 — News Article: CRTC faces charges of bias in online video consultation by Michael Geist
Columnist says there is a pervasive sense that the CRTC is caving to pressure from a small group of powerful stakeholders without regard for consumer interests.
Columnist says the CRTC has asked Shaw Communications Inc. to draft rules that would curb it and other giants in the sector from using "excessive market power" against smaller firms.
Jun 23, 2011 — News Article: Integrated media market open to abuse, Cogeco tells CRTC by Susan Krashinsky
Cogeco says integrated media companies that own both TV channels and the means to distribute them are playing with “money that goes from the left hand to the right hand within the same entity” – a reality that opens the market up to abuse.
Jun 23, 2011 — News Article: CRTC response to FRIENDS' request by Robert Morin
The CRTC responds to FRIENDS' June 20th request to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.
Jun 20, 2011 — Letter: Letter to the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein regarding CBC licence renewals
FRIENDS urges the commission to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.
Jun 20, 2011 — News Article: Telcoms big and small to face CRTC in digital content hearings by LuAnn LaSalle
With more and more TV content in Canada being delivered online through mobile devices, Canadian regulators open hearings on possible measures to ensure a level field for service providers.
The CBC’s relevance with Canadians, and whether it should distinguish itself from its private sector rivals, are the focus of the CRTC’s online probe before hearings on renewing the network’s radio and TV licenses start on September 12th.
Jun 14, 2011 — News Article: CRTC chief talks legislation for services such as Netflix by Marsha Lederman
The CRTC has raised the possibility of legislation to deal with the onslaught of so-called over-the-top services such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV.
Jun 3, 2011 — News Article: CRTC rejects Globalive complaint that Rogers drops too many roaming calls by Sunny Freeman
Columnist says customers of Wind Mobile and other new wireless players will continue to face dropped calls when roaming onto another network after the CRTC has refused to intervene.
Jun 3, 2011 — News Article: CRTC launches online consultation on billing
The CRTC is asking the public to comment on how cable and telephone companies charge Internet service providers for their wires.
May 31, 2011 — News Release: Dalton Camp Award returns home
Nine years after its creation, the Dalton Camp Award returns to Fredericton this week with the presentation of the 2011 DCA Award at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Head of Quebecor Media says rather than regulate Netflix, as television operators suggested in a letter to the CRTC, all existing regulations should be eliminated to make the playing field more fair.
May 21, 2011 — News Article: CKLN: From revolution to radio silence by Adrian Morrow
Earlier this year, the CRTC pulled CKLN's license in the wake of an internal power struggle two years ago and has now lost its radio frequency and is confined to broadcasting online.
May 16, 2011 — News Article: The Cartt.ca INTERVIEW: OpenMedia.ca's Steve Anderson talks about its creation, funding and UBB by Perry Hoffman
Steve Anderson, founder and executive director of OpenMedia.ca, describes the mission of the consumer advocacy organization with respect to the ongoing battle over usage-based billing as ensuring Canadians have access to an open and affordable Internet.
The CRTC says two studies on the airplay given to new Canadian artists indicate that no new regulations are required at this time since these artists are receiving adequate airplay.
May 11, 2011 — News Article: CRTC kills changes to false news rules by Laura Payton
The CRTC has announced that it has decided not to pursue changes to broadcast regulations that would have narrowed a prohibition on false or misleading news.
May 6, 2011 — News Article: CRTC requires Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry more local television stations
The CRTC updated its satellite distribution policy to require Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry all local television stations supported by the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
May 5, 2011 — News Article: CRTC gives local programs a hand by Jason Magder
CRTC has ordered Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. to carry more local stations starting on Sept. 1.
May 4, 2011 — News Article: CRTC sets high-speed internet deadline by Jameson Berkow
The CRTC expects 100% of the Canadian population to have access to high-speed Internet service by mid-decade.
Telecommunications company Telus Corp. is urging the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission not to allow its competitors to horde the content for the exclusive use of their subscribers.
Columnist says: "When you're isolated through illness, injury, or poverty, the Internet provides you with the only social life you may have."
Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: CRTC Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-783 Vertical Integration Regulatory Framework
Considering that all large broadcasters in Canada - except the CBC - are now controlled by distributors, FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC protect the interests of small independent players.
Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Final Submission: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952
Final submission to the CRTC on the group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups.
Columnist says we're approaching a point where digital, ubiquitous, instant, global content delivery now means our Canadian-made shows will have to sink or swim on their merits as a business, competing actively, globally, where the home-town funding props we’ve become accustomed to become unsustainable.
Apr 19, 2011 — News Article: Group Licensing: Von Finckenstein 'disappointed" during hearing's final days by Perry Hoffman
Columnist says that while Bell Media maintains its position on symmetrical regulation of Canadian content spending requirements Rogers Media has shocked commissioners by asking to be excluded from the group licensing regime.
Apr 14, 2011 — News Article: CRTC working group joins call for proceeding on Netflix
A CRTC working group, tasked with looking at over-the-top programming services, asked the commission in an April 1 letter to open a proceeding on “whether and how such non-Canadian companies [like Netflix] should support Canadian cultural programming.”
Apr 14, 2011 — News Article: Rogers says CRTC's group-licensing framework too onerous, asks to pull out by Mark Burgess
Rogers Communications Inc. says it wants out of the CRTC’s group licensing framework, telling commissioners that it can’t meet the policy’s requirements for Canadian programming expenditures.
Green Party leader faults broadcasters and the other party leaders for refusing to change the debate format to allow her participation, while being willing to switch the day of the Frenchlanguage debate because of a Stanley Cup hockey game.
Apr 11, 2011 — News Article: CRTC approves Sirius-XM Canada deal
More than two years after their U.S. affiliates joined forces, Canada’s two satellite radio companies have been given clearance for their own merger.
In a presentation to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.
Apr 5, 2011 — News Article: Greens' bid to get into leaders' debates rejected
Federal Court of Appeal Judge Marc Nadon decides he will not expedite the court process, meaning a decision cannot come down in time for Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to join the debate.
Apr 5, 2011 — News Article: Check Your Television Sets
The Department of Canadian Heritage explains how Canadians will be affected by the transition to digital broadcasting.
Apr 5, 2011 — News Article: Group Licensing: "You're nickel and diming us" on Cancon, Bell Media told by Perry Hoffman
CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says that Bell Media is taking a “one step forward and two steps backward” approach to its Canadian content commitments.
Apr 3, 2011 — News Article: May going to court over debate exclusion; Legal appeal to be heard on Tuesday
Green Party lawyer Peter Rosenthal will appear on behalf of May before the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa where the Court will determine whether it will hear May's application.
Columnist says the Canadian media is not focused on the approaching analog TV shutdown, and hence, the public that relies on it.
Mar 31, 2011 — News Article: The Office of the Ombudsman: The consortium decision on the leaders' election debates
CBC Ombudsman says the obligation to provide equitable coverage does not mean the need to provide equal coverage, and there is reason to believe that media will find many other ways to integrate the Green Party into political journalism.
Mar 31, 2011 — News Article: A look at the CRTC from the inside out by Duncan Stewart
Columnist weighs in on the decision to hold a recent CRTC meeting under Chatham House Rules, in which participants can share what they heard, but not who said it or with which organization they are affiliated.
Mar 25, 2011 — News Article: High court to eye web copyright
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to look at the question of copyright on material downloaded from the Internet.
The newly appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC says he earned his high-ranking posting following interviews and rigorous screening.
Mar 18, 2011 — News Article: Liberals ads finally turn tigerish by Heather Mallick
Columnist says Stephen Harper is trying to create a new Canada, a place without kindness, decency and truth.
The CRTC has put in place new rules to make switching mobile-phone, Internet and television providers easier for consumers, and perhaps net them a better deal.
Mar 16, 2011 — News Article: CRTC decision on BCE-CTV deal will benefit CanCon: experts by Ryan Charkow
FRIENDS says high quality Canadian programming will be the result of the CRTC doing its job.
The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) is applauding BCE being asked by the CRTC to carry seven indie community TV channels by 2012 to secure outright control of CTVglobemedia.
Canada’s telecom regulator says it will not expand its probe into Internet pricing to look at the billing practices of retail Internet services because market forces are working just fine for consumers.
Mar 11, 2011 — News Article: Net pricing means service flexibility by Mark Goldberg
Columnist says with more than 500 Internet service providers in Canada, there is no need for the government to regulate how we choose to buy our Internet service.
Mar 8, 2011 — News Article: CRTC approves BCE's CTV purchase by Jamie Sturgeon
Columnist says regulators have approved BCE Inc.'s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTV Inc., paving the way for the largest telecommunications company in Canada to gain complete control over the country's biggest broadcaster.
Columnists say the likely outcome of the government overturning the CRTC's UBB decision will be the maintenance of a regulatory straitjacket on large telecommunications and cable companies, which will discourage genuine competition and innovation.
FRIENDS praises the CRTC for extracting $245 million in tangible benefits, discarding BCE's original argument that since it paid $230 million the first time it bought CTV in 2000, it shouldn't be forced to contribute a second time.
As part of its approval of BCE Inc.’s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTVglobemedia, the federal broadcast regulator has moved to block telecommunications companies from locking up their video content for their own wireless subscribers.
Mar 7, 2011 — News Article: CRTC approves BCE’s purchase of CTVglobemedia
CRTC Chairman says “We are pleased that BCE has addressed our questions regarding how this transaction would contribute to the vitality of the Canadian broadcasting system.”
Mar 3, 2011 — News Article: Clement sticks to his talking points on UBB and Globalive at Industry Committee by Perry Hoffman
Industry Minister says usage-based billing (UBB) threatens to limit the benefits that innovative and creative businesses, such as those involved in cloud computing, could bring to the Canadian economy.
Mar 3, 2011 — News Article: Rogers will appeal value-for-signal decision
Rogers plans to appeal the Federal Court's decision which confirmed that the CRTC does have the authority to permit broadcasters to negotiate a fee from BDUs for their off-air signals.
Columnists say if the government wants to allow foreign direct investment decisions to be made according to criteria that include greater access to foreign capital and technology it should amend the Telecommunications Act to make that clear.
Mar 1, 2011 — News Article: Moot court? CRTC has right to okay value-for-signal, says Federal Court by Greg O'Brien
In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Canada said the CRTC does, in fact, have jurisdiction and can let broadcasters demand a fee from satellite, cable and telco TV carriers for the broadcasters’ off-air signals.
Mar 1, 2011 — News Article: GROUP LICENSE RENEWALS: Vertically integrated broadcasters can do much better on Cancon by Perry Hoffman
TV and film production stakeholders are urging the CRTC to not lose sight of its Canadian programming expenditure (CPE) benchmarks when considering the group-based licence renewals of the large, vertically integrated, broadcasters.
Mar 1, 2011 — News Article: COMMENT: Canadians still in the dark, politicians clueless, as analog TV approaches its end by Greg O’Brien
Columnist says that while the usage-based billing issue is receiving much attention, another media issue that will affect tens of thousands more Canadians is still receiving scant notice: the transition from analog over-the-air TV to digital.
Feb 28, 2011 — News Article: CBC not asking for funding to fill holes in controversial digital transition plan by Karen Fournier
FRIENDS says they hope the CRTC will not accept the CBC's proposal stop over-the-air reception to Moncton and Saint John.
Feb 28, 2011 — News Article: Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Columnist says Canada's requirement that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news" has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom.
Netflix has hired its first Canadian lobbyists as the country’s Internet usage-based billing debate heats up.
Feb 22, 2011 — News Article: Netflix model hurts TV, film: group by Jason Magder
The Canadian Media Production Association says policy-makers need to consider whether Netflix and similar Web services should be charged a fee to help fund Canadian productions.
Feb 22, 2011 — News Article: But is it broadcasting? by Dan Misener
The CRTC says Netflix is not a broadcaster, but the broadcast industry begs to differ.
Feb 22, 2011 — News Article: Telecom needs a dose of foreign money
Columnist says allowing foreign investment would give Canadians and businesses more certainty, would lower prices for consumers and would send a clear signal that Canada is confident in the strength of its culture, without outdated, unnecessary regulations.
Feb 22, 2011 — News Article: Stand up for an independent media by Denis Hall
Columnist says that through the current Canadian government, forces outside and within the CRTC have been trying to weaken Canada’s media standards by overruling CRTC decisions.
Feb 17, 2011 — News Article: Feds will appeal Globalive ruling by John Bugailiskis
Saying he’s defending consumer choice and competition, Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government will appeal a Federal Court of Canada ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Globalive Wireless to operate in Canada.
Columnist says the naming of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC has sparked a maelstrom of outrage from opposition MPs who believe the Conservative government is deliberately trying to undermine the independence of the broadcast and telecom regulator.
Feb 17, 2011 — News Article: Nouveau vice-président du CRTC - Pentefountas devra expliquer sa nomination en comité by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Le Devoir, February 17: New CRTC Vice Chair Pentefountas will have to explain his nomination at the Commons Heritage Committee, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté.
Feb 16, 2011 — News Article: Harper is governing by sledgehammer by Dan Gardner
Columnist says Stephen Harper does not deserve the credit he receives for being a competent manager as his government is poorly run and incoherent.
Feb 15, 2011 — News Article: Rural Canadians deserve access to the new digital frontier, too by Ron Styles
President of SaskTel says that rather than concentrating our focus and efforts on ensuring universal access to broadband for all Canadians across the country, we have suddenly shifted our concerns to a small minority of heavy Internet users, residing primarily in large urban areas.
Feb 15, 2011 — News Article: Tory senator's social network finds its way into federal posts by Jennifer Ditchburn
Members of the House of Commons heritage committee are set to vote on a motion to call Tom Pentefountas, recently appointed vice-chair of the CRTC, to ask questions about his credentials and the appointment process.
Columnist says that from potash to Internet billing and beyond, Conservatives are setting the country’s policy course by their own political stars.
Feb 14, 2011 — News Article: Le CRTC rappelle le VP sortant by Hugo de Grandpré
The CRTC engages its former Vice Chairman of Broadcating, sent packing by the Harper government, to brief the newly appointed Vice Chairman of Broadcasting.
Feb 14, 2011 — News Article: Former CRTC boss Bertrand won’t stay mum on Internet decision by Jennifer Ditchburn
Former chairwoman Francoise Bertrand says that repeatedly questioning the decisions of the CRTC will only sow confusion in the telecom and broadcasting industries and potentially hamper investment.
Feb 12, 2011 — News Article: From the Open Internet to the Evolution of UBB, 1998-2011: the Rise and Fall of the Canadian Internet? by Dwayne Winseck
Columnist presents a chronology of CRTC decisions that has led to the current status regarding Usage Based Billing.
Feb 12, 2011 — Blog Post: CBC Television proposal to cut over-the-air service to Moncton and Saint John
A CBC TV proposal before the CRTC will see a majority of New Brunswick residents cut off from access to over-the-air television.
Feb 11, 2011 — News Article: Critics of CRTC missing point by Devin Dubois
Columnist says that consumers must understand that neither the CRTC, nor the incumbents can be blamed for the potential rising cost of providing unlimited broadband service to Canadians.
Feb 10, 2011 — News Article: CRTC accused of nepotism by Laurin Liu
FRIENDS says the current government has seen fit to exercise its legal right to give the CRTC direction and overturn its decisions on a frequency that is unprecedented.
Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-14
In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS comments on proposed regulation changes for "false or misleading" news coverage.
Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952: Group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups
In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.
Feb 9, 2011 — News Article: Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism by Patricia Bailey Share
Opposition parties are accusing the government of political cronyism after it appointed two former members of the conservative Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) party to key positions at both the CRTC and the CBC in less than a week.
Feb 9, 2011 — News Article: CRTC - Troublantes coïncidences by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon
Le Devoir, February 9: CRTC – Troubling coincidences, by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: CRTC seeks internet billing feedback
Canada's internet regulator has launched a review of decisions that would have eliminated unlimited internet plans and drastically lowered downloading limits for customers of small internet service providers.
Shaw Communications has announced it is suspending its plan to charge customers for going over their Internet usage limits.
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: Tories deny plans to control CRTC by Mark Kennedy
Opposition parties say Tom Pentefountas, the recently appointed CRTC vice-chairman, lacks the necessary credentials for the job and is only there because of his political connection to the Conservative government.
Iain Grant, principal at Toronto based telecommunication researcher the Seaboard Group, says forcing Globalive out now would result in mass inconvenience for its customers and a likely lawsuit against the federal government.
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: Harper under fire for appointment by Mark Kennedy
Columnist says the Harper government is under fire for trying to take control of the CRTC by making a partisan appointment to the senior ranks of the regulatory agency.
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: CRTC Internet decision gouges users by David Buffett
Columnist says consumers are getting gouged and have little choice in the matter because Canada has little competition in the Internet service market.
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: Question Period discussion on Government Appointments
New Democratic Party MPs ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage about recent appointments to the board of the CBC and the position of vice-chair at the CRTC, claiming the only qualification of those appointed is being friends of the government.
Feb 8, 2011 — News Article: Médias: l'influence conservatrice s'accroît by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté & Hélène Buzzetti
Columnists see the appointment of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC as an attempt by the Conservative government to influence the media universe it its favour.
Feb 7, 2011 — News Article: BCE defends CTV deal to CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon
BCE Inc. chief executive defended the telecom giant's bid for the CTV television network on the grounds that its biggest competitors already operate under the same model.
Feb 7, 2011 — News Article: CRTC plan to lift ban on false news prompts political investigation by Gloria Galloway
A CRTC proposal that could make it easier to broadcast false or misleading news has prompted confusion and criticism among opposition MPs and consternation in at least one of the unions that represents Canadian journalists.
Feb 5, 2011 — News Article: Les conservateurs confient un poste-clé du CRTC à un allié by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Le Devoir, February 5: The Conservatives place an ally in a key CRTC post, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Feb 4, 2011 — News Article: Toothless CRTC an easy Tory target by Nicolas Van Praet
Former vice-chairman of the CRTC says the federal system has disintegrated into a "Wild West atmosphere in which the most politically expedient path lies over the bodies of public servants trying to do their jobs."
Feb 4, 2011 — News Article: Text: Federal court ruling on Globalive
Federal Court decision overturning the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
Feb 4, 2011 — News Article: Court scraps cabinet ruling on Globalive, dealing blow to new entrant by Iain Marlow
Columnist says the federal court’s move to overturn a cabinet decision that allowed Globalive to operate in Canada throws a new obstacle at the largest of the new independent cell phone companies, just as it was beginning to build a critical mass of subscribers.
Feb 4, 2011 — News Article: ACTRA, CEP, Friends: Federal Court rules government unlawfully licensed Globalive
In their press release, CEP, ACTRA and FRIENDS say The Federal Court has effectively restored the foreign ownership restrictions of Canada’s Telecommunications Act by quashing the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
Feb 3, 2011 — News Article: CRTC decision strikes a blow to innovation
Editorial says the CRTC, "blew it" by allowing major Internet service providers to cap usage and charge consumers and businesses significantly more for exceeding those stringent limits.
Columnist says the government will overrule a decision by the CRTC that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages, unless the regulator backs down first.
Feb 1, 2011 — News Article: Media merger debate ignores key issue by Michael Geist
Columnist says the implications a merger between BCE Inc. and CTVglobemedia Inc. are enormous, yet competition concerns will take a back seat to the "benefits package" BCE must pay to the Canadian cultural community.
Feb 1, 2011 — News Article: Caps worry Internet users by Gillian Shaw
Canada's Industry Minister responds to growing political and consumer backlash concerning the CRTC's decision that effectively put an end to unlimited Internet plans in Canada.
Jan 28, 2011 — News Article: Usage-based Internet billing: A concept whose time has come by Harvey Enchin
Columnist says limited bandwidth makes unlimited Internet service simply unsustainable.
Jan 28, 2011 — News Article: The CRTC are the good guys. Really! by Vito Pilieci
Columnist says the recent outcry over Usage Based Billing tells legislators just how much Canadians care about Internet charges.
Jan 27, 2011 — News Article: Share content: CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon
The CRTC has ordered Quebecor Media Inc. to abolish a pact between its broadcast network, Groupe TVA Inc., and cable division Videotron that gives the latter exclusive access to on-demand programming.
Jan 27, 2011 — News Article: CRTC's internet billing decision appealed
The federal government is being formally asked to overturn a CRTC decision that will force smaller internet service providers to charge similar usage-based fees as Bell, Rogers and Shaw.
Jan 27, 2011 — News Article: Quebecor Told to Stop Offering VOD Content Exclusively to Subscribers by Etan Vlessing
Canada’s broadcast regulator has told Montreal-based Quebecor to end an arrangement that gave cable operator Videotron Ltd. exclusive access to content from over-the-air network TVA Group, both of which are owned by the Quebec media player.
Jan 26, 2011 — News Article: CRTC voices continued support for consumer telecom watchdog agency by LuAnn LaSalle
The CRTC has voiced continued support for Canada's telecommunications consumer watchdog agency, which tries to resolve cellphone, Internet and telephone complaints.
Jan 25, 2011 — News Article: Undivided attention by Jim Taylor
Columnist talks about positive experiences with callers from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society, highlighting the importance of focusing on people, not simply tasks, problems or theories.
Jan 21, 2011 — News Article: Over-the-air to digital TV transition in New Brunswick
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.
Jan 20, 2011 — News Article: Extra billing for internet use a 'ripoff': NDP
The NDP says the CRTC's decision to allow internet service providers to charge their customers for downloading excessive amounts of data threatens "free and open access to the internet in Canada".
Jan 19, 2011 — News Article: PRESS RELEASE: Cultural Groups Urge Federal Court to Consider Canadian Culture in Globalive Case
A coalition of leading cultural organizations is asking the Federal Court to consider the impact on Canadian culture in its judicial review of the federal government's decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
Jan 19, 2011 — News Article: Canadian Unions Urge Court to Block Feds on Foreign Ownership Decision by Etan Vlessing
FRIENDS says the government's decision concerning Globalive raises fundamental questions about the relationship between foreign ownership and Canadian cultural sovereignty.
Editorial says the CRTC doesn’t seem to understand that media is already a highly competitive industry, and if one organization deliberately broadcasts something that’s untrue, it will quickly get raked over the coals by its competition.
Jan 18, 2011 — News Article: Canadian Content Rules Come into Effect
In a radio interview for the program 'Today in Canadian History' FRIENDS spokesperson discusses the rationale and impact of Canadian content rules.
Jan 16, 2011 — News Article: CRTC may ease ban on broadcasting false or misleading news by Joan Bryden
Columnist says the CRTC is proposing a regulatory change that would give Canadian TV and radio stations more leeway to broadcast false or misleading news by narrowing the scope of the current prohibition.
Jan 12, 2011 — News Article: CRTC Proposes to Change Standard for Broadcasting False or Misleading News
Columnist says new CRTC proposal would make it perfectly permissible for a broadcaster to air false or misleading news, provided that it not endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.
Jan 12, 2011 — News Article: Rogers Gives Conditional Support to BCE Acquisition of CTV but Says No Again to Value For Signal (VFS) /Fee-for-Cariage (FFC)
Rogers Vice Chairman says that while CTV and Global argued that value for signal was required in order to support the economic viability of their operations, with both broadcasters being acquired by large distributors, the rationale for this fee is no longer evident.
Jan 11, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: BN CRTC 2010-926: Application 2010-1506-6 Change of Effective Control of CTVgm’s Broadcasting Entities to BCE
FRIENDS supports the proposed change of effective control of CTVglobemedia's broadcasting assets to BCE, subject that the CRTC require BCE to revise the content of its public benefits proposal.
Jan 10, 2011 — News Article: CRTC reality show is a disaster by Richard Nielson
Columnist says that as a result of CRTC decisions, Canadians now find themselves with a divided and compromised regulatory agency and that private broadcasters are forced to pursue a financial model dependent on the importation U.S. productions.