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Bell wholesale Internet access appeal self serving, misses the point of new regime
GATINEAU – A number of Canada’s Internet service providers are telling the CRTC that Bell Canada’s appeal for more restricted access to disaggregated wholesale fibre Internet access services is self-serving and in fact would lead to less Read more

DISCOVERABILITY #2: How can we innovate our way to discoverability?
MONTREAL – Content producers and distributors must figure out how best to be constantly innovative if Canadian content is to thrive in the new on-demand world. Read more

Bell’s unbundled local loop application offside CNOC says
GATINEAU – The Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) says that Bell Canada’s recent application requesting an expansion of the CRTC’s unbundled local loop (ULL) regime needs to be refiled. Read more

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Led by Netflix, streaming jumps to 70% of peak North American traffic: Sandvine report
WATERLOO - Streaming video and audio now accounts for over 70% of North American downstream traffic in the peak evening hours, up from 35% just five years ago, according to data from Sandvine. Read more

Ontario’s Renfrew area next to benefit from high-speed Internet
OTTAWA – Five communities in rural eastern Ontario are the latest to benefit from high-speed Internet as part of the federal government’s Connecting Read more

Stingray gifts some holiday Vibes
MONTREAL – Stingray Music wants to put listeners in the holiday spirit with some 50 new holiday-themed Vibes channels. Read more

Save the date: INTX set for May 16 – 18 in Boston
BOSTON - Get ready to go casual and start connecting at INTX: The Internet & Television Expo, happening May 16-18, 2016 in Boston. Read more

CRTC serves first-ever anti-spam warrant in botnet takedown
OTTAWA–GATINEAU – The CRTC has used its new anti-spam powers to pull the plug on a Toronto-based server distributing malware on the Internet. Read more

Roam Mobility sells local SIM cards to Canadian visitors
VANCOUVER - Independent roaming provider Roam Mobility has launched what it describes as the first dedicated wireless service for visitors to Canada. Read more

New shomi collections celebrate the season
TORONTO – shomi is wishing viewers a “Merry Bingemas” by offering 34 festive flicks just in time for the holiday season. Read more

Discoverability Summit set for May 10 – 11 in Toronto
GATINEAU – Fresh off of its two ‘En route to the Discoverability Summit’ events, the CRTC has scheduled the Discoverability Summit for May 10-11, 2016, in Toronto. Read more

Prime Time in Ottawa adds co-production experts, digital innovators to speaker line-up
OTTAWA - The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has added a number of new speakers to the line-up for Prime Time in Ottawa 2016, scheduled for February 3 - 5 at The Westin in Ottawa. From Canadian media leaders and Read more

Cultural and creative industries fuel global economy: study
PARIS - With revenues of US$2.250 trillion, cultural and creative industries account for 3% of world GDP and employ 29.5 million people, says the first-ever global economic and cultural study of the cultural and creative industries (CCI). Read more

Lionsgate to distribute Discovery programming across packaged media platforms in U.S.
SANTA MONICA, CA - Lionsgate and Discovery Communications have struck an exclusive long-term agreement that will see Lionsgate distribute programming from Discovery's array of networks across packaged media platforms in the United States. Read more

CMPA names Douglas as business affairs, digital initiatives director
TORONTO - The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has named Marcia Douglas as director, business affairs and digital initiatives. Read more

Chris Bastian joins SCTE as new CTO
EXTON, PA - Industry veteran and former Comcast exec Chris Bastian has been named as the new senior vice-president and CTO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Read more

ATN sees Q3 profits drop 22%
TORONTO - Asian Television Network (ATN) reported a net income of $491,695 on revenues of $6.6 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Read more


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