Entries by J. David Ellis from 11/2012

The CRTC Gets Transparent on Internet Costs

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business

Thanks to the CRTC, incumbents will have to reveal far more information about the costs of their Internet services than ever before. All in the interest of that noble precept we call transparency. As you can tell from reading the decision, the incumbents hate the idea that mere mortals finally get a chance to peer up their skirts.

CRTC as Consumer Advocate: Four Reasons not to Celebrate (Yet)

| Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada

I think the CRTC's decision to get the incumbents' financials out of the closet is very positive -- another demonstration of Chairman Blais' public-spirited philosophy. But even Chairman Blais has a corporate history to live with, and that's not going to be a cakewalk.

Talking Broadband With the TekSavvy Crew

| Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Business

Last week, I sat down to talk shop with three TekSavvy execs who are breathing new life into the indie ISP sector. We talked about TekSavvy's cool re-branding campaign and how it reflects the company's approach to growing its subscriber base, now at 180,000. If you haven't seen the new creative, here's what one of the ad banners looks like...

What's the CRTC Trying to Pull?

| Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Business

Back in the summer of 2010, the CRTC decided to get the public's input online as part of its proceeding on the "obligation to serve." Big mistake. There's a habit that's getting entrenched at the Commission: treating online consultations as a substitute for both educating Canadian consumers and conducting real research.