Cable & Telecom

Commission to get heavier fining power

OTTAWA – On Monday, the first day of the newest session of Parliament, Minister of Industry David Emerson introduced legislation which will, if passed, grant the CRTC direct fining authority when it comes to Telecommunications Act violations. Direct fining authority would be granted through the implementation of an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) scheme. Under the scheme, the CRTC would have the ability to impose AMPs in the following ranges: for companies, maximums of $10 million for a first offence and $15 million for a subsequent offence; for individuals, maximums of $25 000 for a first offence and $50 000 for...