Category: Wholesale Access

Secret Information Undermines the Legitimacy of CRTC Decisions

The CRTC’s wholesale mobile wireless decision (Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177) is notable in its thoroughgoing abandonment of regulatory forbearance in wholesale roaming matters. Since the introduction of cell phones 30 years ago, the CRTC has taken a hands-off approach

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Structural Separation: It’s Time to be Impolite

In polite circles in Canada it is considered infra dig to allude to the structural separation of telecommunications common carriers. It is not up for discussion. The aversion is visceral and uncommonly widespread. Structural separation is an approach to telecommunications

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The Silent Revolution of 2014: The Regulation of Telecoms

The present Government is known for presenting amazingly lengthy and complex budget implementation bills (BIAs) that often contain new policy directions that have never had a public airing. The current Bill C-43 does not disappoint in this regard: it vastly

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Incumbency in Telecommunications: Lies Your Carrier Tells You

I am spending a second week of being glued to CPAC, watching the CRTC telecommunications wholesale access proceedings. One interesting aspect is the seeming sincerity with which the incumbent telcos and cablecos have repeatedly told the Commission that, when it

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Rivalrous Behaviour vs. Competition

The CRTC’s current wholesale access proceedings have featured just about every possible variant on special pleading imaginable. All the arguments of past years have been recycled, and perhaps some new ones trotted out. This applies both to the incumbents and

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FTTP: The Battle for the Future

The CRTC has spent the past week in the first of two weeks of hearings on wholesale access by third parties to incumbent telco and cablecos facilities in order to compete for customers of retail services (internet, telephony, television). This

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Not Just Roaming: CRTC Hearings on Wireless

The CRTC has wrapped up its hearings on wireless policy. This was the second round of the of three major CRTC policy hearings this fall (the other two are Let’s Talk TV, in which the public hearings have concluded, and

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