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CTS 2017: Minister tells the industry prices are too high; but will his announcements make a difference?
TORONTO – ISED Minister Navdeep Bains opened the 2017 Canadian Telecom Summit with a speech outlining a number of new government initiatives, but there was one overarching message that has to burn the ears of the incumbent network providers in Read more

CTS 2017: Telecom industry has to work together to close rural-urban divide, says Cogeco chief
TORONTO – Some rural and remote communities with poor Internet connectivity are looking at setting up their own service for residents rather than wait for big carriers to come into their area. Read more

Why spectrum could get in the way of 5G - and why policy is still years away
GATINEAU – The Wireless World Research Forum’s (WWRF) 5G Huddle in Gatineau QC last week delved into a variety of matters that could shape the rollout of 5G networks across Canada and around the world and while there was significant Read more

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How 5G will drive connected cars, massive machine communications, augmented reality and much more
GATINEAU – What is 5G and what will be the new killer application driving 5G network adoption? Read more

Consumer groups urge CRTC to hold firm on Unlimited Music decision
OTTAWA – A group of consumer organizations calling themselves the Equitable Internet Coalition (EIC) wants the CRTC to uphold its recent decision Read more

Shoan appeals most recent dismissal from CRTC
Calls for a new judicial review TORONTO – Former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan has filed an application with the Federal Court seeking a judicial review of his most recent dismissal from his position as Ontario commissioner for the Read more

Sky News launches in Canada on Vidéotron
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Rogers Media expands local news brand to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal
TORONTO – TV viewers in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Montreal will soon have more local news options after Rogers Media announced plans to expand its CityNews brand to its City television stations in these markets Read more

Upfronts 2017: Corus banks on dramas in a schedule packed with returning favourites, new comedies
TORONTO – Corus-owned Global will offer up six new dramas and four new comedies alongside 23 returning series in its fall primetime lineup, the broadcaster said Monday. Read more

CCSA concludes deals for four Fox Networks services
QUISPAMSIS, NB - The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has finalized a master affiliate agreement with Fox Networks Group for the distribution of Fox Sports Racing, the Big Ten Network, Fox Life and BabyTV. Read more

Telus to invest $4.2B in Alberta through 2020
EDMONTON - Telus will invest $4.2 billion in new communications infrastructure and technology across Alberta through 2020, including $900 million this year alone, the company said Monday. Read more

iHeartRadio Canada tops 1 million downloads
TORONTO - Bell Media said that its radio streaming service iHeartRadio Canada has surpassed 1 million downloads, making it the top Canadian-made music app. Read more

CTS 2017: Minister Bains calls for better quality wireless and Internet, lower prices, increased coverage
TORONTO – Calling affordable Internet and wireless services “basic tools for all Canadians”, the Federal Government has vowed to take steps to encourage more private sector competition and investment in these services. Read more

Shaw sells off fleet management division
MISSISSAUGA and DALLAS – Shaw said Friday that it is selling its Shaw Tracking division to Dallas-based Omnitracs. Read more

Rogers Media sends ‘Cityline’ south of the border for syndication
TORONTO – Rogers Media’s daytime lifestyle series Cityline has been picked up for syndication in the U.S. Read more

Tim Hortons to title sponsor ‘SC With Jay and Dan’ on TSN
TORONTO – TSN has tapped Tim Hortons as the title sponsor of its upcoming new series SC With Jay and Dan, hosted by the returning Canadian sports broadcasting duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. Read more

Salt + Light goes HD
TORONTO - Catholic network Salt + Light is launching in high definition on June 4 after recently moving to its new broadcast centre and studio in Toronto. Read more

Radiothon raises over $1.2M for Montreal Children's Hospital
MONTREAL – Bell Media radio stations CJAD 800, 96 Virgin Radio, CHOM 97 7 and TSN Radio 690 raised $1,208,000 for the Montreal Children's Hospital's young patients during the 2017 edition of the Caring for Kids Radiothon that aired on May Read more

Boat Rocker Media floats new factual, unscripted division
TORONTO - Production company Boat Rocker Media is consolidating its factual and unscripted projects under a new division called Crooked Horse Productions. Read more

Love is in the air at Makeful
TORONTO – Just in time for wedding season, Blue Ant’s lifestyle TV channel Makeful is readying a new series featuring unusual and original nuptials. Read more

Led by incumbent carriers, CRTC says NG9-1-1 will arrive by 2020
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – Canadian telephone and mobile wireless companies must update their networks in order to provide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) services by 2020, the CRTC said Thursday. Read more

Quebec Minister wants Feds to overrule CRTC’s French-language licence renewals
QUEBEC – Quebec’s culture minister Luc Fortin is calling on the federal government to review, and perhaps override, parts of the CRTC's recent licence renewals for large French language TV groups. Read more

Bell readies new LTE-M network to further IoT rollout
MONTREAL – Bell said Thursday that it will launch an LTE-M (Long Term Evolution, category M1) network to support the growing use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) in Canada. Read more

Stingray brings the video star back to TV
MONTREAL - Stingray said that it is leading the new golden age of of music TV by returning music videos to TV screens. Read more

CEEVA moves to make Canadian set-top boxes more energy efficient
TORONTO - Bell, Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron were among the stakeholders present at last week’s inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement for Set-Top Boxes (CEEVA). Read more

CBC/Radio-Canada sells off Sirius XM Canada shares for $58M
OTTAWA - CBC/Radio-Canada raked in more than $58 million after divesting its financial stake in Sirius XM Canada as the satellite radio company prepares to Read more

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