Jean Pierre Blais

CRTC To Probe If Your Cable Co. Is Giving You The 'Skinny'

CP | Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business

Regulator has received complaints about skinny basic cable's implementation.

Watchdog At Canadian Internet Hearings: Where Are The Women?

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.23.2016 | Canada Business

"We can do better."

CRTC Doesn't Sound Excited About Minimum Internet Speeds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business

CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais says it's up to participants to show the need for internet speed rules.

CRTC's Subtle Threat To TV Providers: Your Licence Is Up For Renewal

CP | Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Business

Cable providers don't like the new "skinny basic" packages.

The CRTC's Rogue Surveys And Polls Ignore Real Canadians

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

The affable chairman of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, delivered a "state of the industry" speech in Toronto on Feb. 17, 2016. But Mr. Blais has shown a tendency to rely on dubious information in speeches and policies.

Ugly Spat Over Travel Within Top Ranks Of CRTC

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An ugly internal spat over business trips is escalating at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, with one senior g...

CRTC Chief Sees Consumers Clicking On TV Shows To Buy Products

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business

Broadcasters should offer online shopping straight from their shows, says the head of Canada’s telecommunications regulator. The so-called “cl...

Bell Canada Goes To Court To Reverse ‘Net Neutrality' Ruling

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business

Bell Canada has gone to court to overturn a ruling from Canada’s telecom watchdog that requires the media giant to price competing streaming service...

A Win For Net Neutrality: CRTC Smacks Down Bell, Videotron

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Business

Calling the practice “unlawful,” Canada’s telecom watchdog has forbidden Bell Media and Videotron from exempting their own apps from data charge...

Watch Out, Telecoms: CRTC Now Armed And Dangerous

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business

Watch out, telcos: Canada’s telecommunications regulator is now armed and dangerous. As part of a budget implementation bill, the CRTC has been g...

Canadians Ready To Pay For CBC, CBC Says

CP | Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business

GATINEAU, Que. - The heads of CBC/Radio-Canada have told the country's broadcast regulator that Canadians are ready to pay to get the broadcaster's co...

Althia Raj

CRTC Chief Talks Netflix, Shomi And The Future Of TV | Althia Raj | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s television regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, starts public hearings today abou...

CRTC Prepares To Hunt Rogue Telemarketers

CP | David Paddon, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The head of the CRTC says the agency is exploring a range of new investigative tools, including international operations to catch rogue tele...

Channel's Future ‘In Jeopardy' For Not Having Enough Canadian Porn

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Business

The chairman of Canada’s telecom regulator has warned a cable broadcaster its licence is “in jeopardy” over the company’s apparent failure to ...

Sunny Freeman

CRTC Is The Problem, CRTC Told | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Business

Canadians are disgruntled with television in this country. Many blame the CRTC for the system’s failings, and some have told the federal regulator t...

Althia Raj

Meet The Man Changing Your Cellphone Bill | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

GATINEAU, QUE. — If you believe the headlines, Jean-Pierre Blais is the Canadian consumer’s friendliest ally. Since his appointment 18 months ago,...

CRTC Finally Notices Big Telcos May Be Trying To Kill Competition

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s telecom watchdog is launching an inquiry into whether the country’s big wireless carriers are trying to muscle out competitors by chargin...

'We've Been Hearing Some Frustration About The Cost Of Cable..'

CP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA -- The country's broadcast regulator wants Canadians to help it predict the future of the ever-evolving television industry. The Canadian Ra...

LOOK: Canadians' Changing Telecom Habits

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - More Canadians are moving online to watch TV and listen to radio and choosing wireless over landlines for phone service, says the country's t...

Watch This: Canada's TV Rules To Get Major Overhaul

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business

Canada’s telecom regulator is preparing for a major review of how the TV broadcasting industry works, and a lot is up for grabs — from channel pac...

CRTC: Bell Must Prove Its Plan Is For The Greater Good

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Consumers will get more content and Bell will play fair with its competitors, the company promised as it made a revised sales pitch to the ...

The CRTC Picks What's on Your TV But You Pay for It

J. David Ellis | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada
J. David Ellis

Tuesday marks the opening of another critical public hearing at the CRTC. It will be considering applications to expand the mandatory distribution of channels on the basic TV service. But, bottom line, if our own federal government refuses to kick in a few more million a year to show just how important Canadian culture is, then why should the rest of us?

DSL Rates Plummet in Ontario

J. David Ellis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada
J. David Ellis

Anyone who's ever spent more than 5 minutes reading my blog knows I've spilt a phenomenal amount of ink over the miserable state of broadband in Canad...

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.

What's the CRTC Trying to Pull?

J. David Ellis | Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

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.