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COMMENTARY: Blais complicates mess in Ottawa; who will be the next CRTC chair?
AS OF THIS WRITING, it appears the next CRTC chair will be an interim one – someone who will keep the lights on and the bills paid through the summer, at least. Read more

MPs to call for ISP tax: Report
OTTAWA – The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is apparently going to call for a 5% levy on ISPs in order to pay for Canadian content in a new report to be published Thursday, says a story in the Globe and Mail. Read more

ISED counters CRTC chairman Blais; affirms facilities-based commitment
OTTAWA – CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said something Tuesday that caught the eye of many in the telecom business – that he believes the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister is beginning to move away from a commitment to Read more

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BANFF 2017: Was that venom or vision from the departing CRTC chair?
WELL, GIVEN THAT WE'RE celebrating media in Alberta, let's just start by saying that CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais demurred from simply mumbling "adios" and riding quietly into a western sunset. Read more

Three Aboriginal radio broadcasters granted licences for five major markets
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – The CRTC has awarded five new Type B Native FM radio station licences to three broadcasters seeking to serve the Indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. Read more

ACTRA gives CRTC’s Blais the kiss off
TORONTO – ACTRA wasted no time in sending the next CRTC chair the message that it expects more love for Canadian performers. Read more

Canada’s average broadband, Wi-Fi speeds will more than double by 2021: Cisco
SAN JOSE, CA – A projected increase in Internet users, devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, average broadband speed advances, and video viewing will serve to drive up global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic three-fold over the next five Read more

Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link goes live
INUVIK, NT - A new 1,154 kilometre fibre optic line in the Northwest Territories is now online, offering high-speed Internet access to communities in the Mackenzie Valley region. Read more

CCSA wraps up agreements for NFL Network, NFL On Demand
QUISPAMSIS, NB - The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has finalized a master affiliate agreement with NFL International LLC for the distribution of NFL Network and NFL On Demand. Read more

TSN locks up Habs’ English-language regional rights
MONTREAL - TSN is the official English-language broadcaster of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens after inking a new regional broadcast rights agreement beginning with the 2017-18 season. Read more

Videotron adds Seasons to channel lineup
MONTREAL – French-language hunting and fishing channel Seasons is launching on Videotron beginning June 15. Read more

Cogeco launches 1 Gb Internet in Trois-Rivières
MONTREAL - Cogeco Connexion brought its Gigabit Internet service to Quebec Tuesday, launching in various sectors of Trois-Rivières. Read more

Shaw buys seven spectrum licences from Videotron in BC, Alberta, southern Ontario
MONTREAL and CALGARY – Videotron is continuing to shed its wireless spectrum outside of Quebec, announcing early Tuesday that Shaw Communications has bought seven licences for $430 million. Read more

Shaw sells U.S. data centre subsidiary ViaWest for $2.3B
CALGARY – Shaw Communications has sold off its Denver-based subsidiary ViaWest Inc. Read more

Canada's self-portrait ‘Canada In A Day’ airs June 25 on CTV
BANFF – CTV’s two hour, crowd-sourced special Canada In A Day will debut on Sunday, June 25 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV Go, just days before Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of confederation. Read more


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