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THE INDEPENDENTS: Fibre to every last farmhouse, barn and business
WHATEVER THE CRTC says Wednesday are to be the new basic service obligations for Canadian telcos and ISPs, Quadro Communications is more than ready. Read more

Bloomberg Canada: Still no Bell carriage, but a “very good” first year (update #3)
TORONTO — Bloomberg TV Canada’s first year of operation has been one of growth and expansion, with distribution and advertising levels increasing monthly, the first of several news bureaus across the country coming online, and an “A-list” Read more

UPDATED: Why Rogers dumped its own IPTV solution for X1 and will take $500 million hit
TORONTO – The rumour mill in the TV business was spinning overtime on this one lately, but today Rogers Communications made it official – it is killing its long-awaited IPTV solution in favour of Comcast’s X1 platform. Read more

More Breaking Stories

Bell's slower than advertised broadband speeds causes CRTC to reissue broadband report
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – The CRTC has revised the results of its inaugural national study on broadband performance in Canada after determining that Bell's broadband speeds were not as fast as initially reported. Read more

Basic Service Objective (a.k.a. #TalkBroadband) decision coming December 21
GATINEAU – The CRTC will release its decision on basic telecommunications services late next Wednesday. Read more

CBC splits off local services under Fred Mattocks
TORONTO – The CBC has promoted Fred Mattocks to general manager, local services, CBC English Services as part of organizational changes separating the public broadcaster’s News and Regions into two distinct organizational functions. Read more

BlackBerry joins self-driving vehicle race
OTTAWA – BlackBerry switched gears Monday, opening the doors on a new research centre dedicated to self-driving and connected vehicles. Read more

‘Corner Gas’ gets an animated reboot
TORONTO – Christmas came early for Corner Gas fans after The Comedy Network confirmed plans for a new animated reboot of the Canadian comedy. Read more

Rogers offers Roam Like Home to more wireless customers
TORONTO - Rogers Communications said Monday that it is expanding its Roam Like Home wireless travel plan to 800,000 additional postpaid wireless consumers. Read more

CACTUS lauds MPs support of community media petition
OTTAWA – Support for community TV and media has been on the agenda in the House of Commons, with nearly a dozen MPs presenting a petition calling for the creation and ongoing support of community media centres in Canada. Read more

Two federal MPs drum up support to spike Super Bowl simsub call
OTTAWA - Two Liberal MPs, both committee chairs, are asking the CRTC to review its ruling that bans simultaneous substitution of the upcoming Super Bowl broadcast. Read more

Canadians more likely to stream video online than Americans, but most don’t seek out CanCon: CIRA
OTTAWA – Some 60% of Canadian Internet users that watch online movies, video and TV seek out Canadian content at least occasionally, but only 14% say that they often do, says a report this week by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Read more

SaskTel to bring infiNET network to Yorkton, Rosthern
REGINA - SaskTel is expanding its fibre optic network infiNET to Yorkton and Rosthern. Read more

CTAM 2017 President's Reception set for February 1
TORONTO - CTAM Canada invites members to save February 1st for its 2017 President's Reception. Read more

Collinear Networks, Lockheed Martin, partner on new wireless data tech
SANTA CLARA, CA - Silicon Valley-based Collinear Networks Inc. Read more

CraveTV adds Hulu’s physic drama 'Shut Eye'
TORONTO - CraveTV has exclusively acquired the 10-episode psychic drama Shut Eye in a deal with Sony Pictures Television. Read more

Groupe V Media overhauls sales structure
MONTREAL – Groupe V Media has hired two new general sales managers as part of changes to its sales structure. Read more

Feds unveil $500M ‘Connect to Innovate’ rural broadband program
WAKEFIELD, QC – The Federal Government will invest $500 million by 2021 to bring access to high-speed Internet to 300 rural and remote communities across Canada under a new program known as Connect to Innovate. Read more

BlackBerry signs over brand rights to China’s TCL
WATERLOO, ON – BlackBerry has licensed its software and brand to TCL Communication Technology Holdings, giving the Chinese manufacturer the rights to sell BlackBerry devices almost everywhere. Read more

Bell Media elevates Farina to head iHeartRadio Canada syndication, strategy
TORONTO – Bell Media has promoted Rob Farina to the role of head of iHeartRadio, syndication, and strategic initiatives, Bell Media Radio. Read more

You.i TV launches new simplified video apps solution
OTTAWA - Canadian video app platform company You.i TV is making it easier for media companies to deliver VoD and TV Everywhere services across phones, tablets and television screens. Read more

Rogers EnRoute tech tracking service arrives in New Brunswick
MONCTON – Rogers extended its tech tracking tool, known as Rogers EnRoute, to customers in New Brunswick Thursday. Read more

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