Do Not Call List ‘costly and ineffective,’ say small businesses

This is the conclusion of ITBusiness.ca's two-part 'Broken Telephone' feature story. Read part one here. Who's responsible for buying the list?Canada's national Do Not Call List (DNCL) has man built-in exemptions. But who's

Published on: April 12th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Small firms say Do Not Call List rules ‘unfair and confusing’

Automotive sales and services operator Ilya Pinassi is pretty sure that his publicly-listed citation for breaking federal unsolicited telecommunications rules is all a misunderstanding.It's really more about his service technicians refusing an unreasonable

Published on: April 11th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Video Rewind: Bell carries NHL games on cell phones

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved BCE Inc.'s buy-out of CTVglobemedia for $1.3 billion.The deal makes Canada's broadcast industry even more vertical than before, with Bell Canada owning both the means

Published on: March 8th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Most Canadians find soft spot for CRTC

Given the recent uproar over the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) decision that usage-based billing was an acceptable practice, you might think Canadians are eager to see the out-of-touch regulator canned. But that’s

Published on: February 15th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Canadians skeptical about end to usage-based billing

Could it be true? Is Internet usage-based billing (UBB) dead in the water? Canadian small and medium sized businesses dependent on Internet access can only hope so. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Small businesses part of the growing telecom complaints

When small businesses want to complain about their phone service, there is one organization that always has to listen.After an “extensive review,” the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) got the renewed

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Briony Smith

Spammers face $10 million fine under Canada’s new law

Businesses that send unsolicited e-mails or other digital messages could face fines as high as $10 million when Canada's new anti-spam law starts being enforced later this year.Bill C-28 received royal assent Dec.

Published on: January 6th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Globalive CEO slams Big Three for Canada’s wireless woes

While it's been a "pretty cozy ride" for the three major providers in Canada's mobile market – Rogers, Bell and Telus – consumers have consistently got the short end of the stick, according

Published on: April 16th, 2010 Joaquim P. Menezes

Wind Mobile launches with contract-free, unlimited plans

Wind Mobile is now live and offering contract-free, unlimited voice and data plans after jumping regulatory hurdles to compete in Canada's wireless industry.The new national cell phone brand from Globalive Wireless Management Corp.

Published on: December 17th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Small ISPs say Clement’s decision could put them out of businsess

Small independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may have a tougher time competing against incumbent carriers Telus Corp. and Bell Canada after Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, overturned a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Published on: December 16th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Wind Mobile employees do ‘random acts of kindness’ while awaiting CRTC verdict

Wind Mobile is sending 400 of its employees out to help charities and buy strangers coffee instead of laying them off while it waits to see if it can operate in Canada.The new

Published on: November 27th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Thousands of new jobs at risk as result of CRTC’s Globalive decision

The decision by Canada’s telecommunications regulator to deny a new nation-wide wireless carrier a licence could result in the loss of thousands of new jobs and is being criticized for choking off competition.Globalive

Published on: November 3rd, 2009 Brian Jackson

CRTC decision on traffic shaping evokes praise and dismay

In the wake of a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision that regulates Internet traffic shaping, one large carrier will update its Web site FAQ, while another small carrier questions whether it

Published on: October 27th, 2009 Brian Jackson

CRTC says Canadian ISPs have the right to shape Internet traffic

Canada's telecommunications regulator yesterday issued a ruling upholding the right of major telcos and cable providers to manage the traffic of its Internet customers.The decision resulted from hearings held last July. At the

Published on: October 22nd, 2009 Greg Meckbach