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A Plain Language Guide to the CRTC Rulings Part 1

J. David Ellis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

I've been gathering reactions to last week's CRTC decisions on wholesale rates for Internet access. My takeaway is a lot of people are having trouble understanding what the hell it all means. So in this series of posts I'm going to provide some plain-language context.

How the CRTC Can Fix Wireless in Canada

J. David Ellis | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

Last time, I took the Commission to task for trying to build excitement over the level of cellphone penetration in Canada in their consultation video. Why? Because the only metric that really counts in 2012 is the takeup of smartphones: smartphones do data, feature phones don't. Let's consider penetration in a more meaningful context.

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

J. David Ellis | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada
J. David Ellis

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.

The CRTC Gets Transparent on Internet Costs

J. David Ellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

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.