Jean Pierre Blais

CRTC Prepares To Hunt Rogue Telemarketers

CP | David Paddon, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 Can...

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.

The CRTC Gets A New Chief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Jean-Pierre Blais has been named the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The longtime civil serva...