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The New CRTC Broadband Fund – Also comparing with the FCC’s market mechanism & the GO Act

By | May 5th, 2017|

The CRTC issued Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-112 on April 25, 2017 to “examine matters related to the establishment of the broadband funding regime”. The CRTC is looking for inputs regarding both the governance, evaluation criteria and functioning of this new regime as well as which [...]

2017 Spectrum Agenda in Canada: 600 MHz and 3.5 GHz

By | February 24th, 2017|

2017 will be a busy year in Canada as ISED should launch a new consultation on the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum in anticipation of the closing of the FCC's Incentive Auction. Critical questions will need to be properly addressed including compensation for broadcasters vacating this band. Some countries in [...]

Broadband Deployment and Subsidies

By | February 24th, 2017|

The Canadian government, CRTC as well as the Quebec government harmonized their objectives for broadband in Canada in late 2016 and started to work "hand in hand" so to speak to continue to bridge the digital divide across the country. These programs, namely the CRTC’s new broadband [...]

OTT & the Tipping Point for Canadian TV

By | February 24th, 2017|

Last November, LYA published the results of an online survey indicating that close to 70% of English Canadian respondents were subscribers to Netflix at that time. The survey also highlighted the negative feedback that could be expected for both Netflix and BDUs if a Cancon tax of the order [...]