CRTC Chair Len Katz called out Bell Canada and Bell Aliant yesterday for failing to extend broadband to dozens of rural communities across the country as required by a 2010 decision. Katz noted that in August 2010 the Commission directed the large phone companies to spend over $420 million from […]
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The Supreme Court of Canada today granted leave to appeal the deferral account case, which focuses on the use of hundreds of millions of dollars of "extra" funds collected by Canadian telecommunications companies. The CRTC wants the money allocated toward broadband initiatives, while PIAC wants it refunded.
The Globe and Mail reports that the government was thinking about grabbing the more than $600 million sitting in deferral accounts that the CRTC wants used for broadband and consumer groups want refunded. The optics of hundreds of millions of consumers' money going into government coffers while the same telcos […]