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Canadian Competition Authority imposes first C$10 million civil penalty for misleading advertising

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 6 2011

On 28 June 2011, the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB) registered a consent agreement with the Canadian Competition Tribunal (CCT) in which one of Canada's largest communications company agreed to pay a civil administrative monetary penalty of C$10 million for misleading advertising in connection with its internet, home phone, wireless and television services

Canadian appeals court rules internet service providers are not broadcasters

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 6 2010

The Federal Court of Appeal (Court) has confirmed that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not broadcasters

Canadian conversion to digital television

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 15 2010

On 17 April 2010, the Canadian Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, stated that the Federal Government expects broadcasters to adhere to the Government's schedule of transitioning from analog to digital television, despite warnings from television networks and consumer advocates that Canada is not ready

Telecommunications regulator imposes moratorium on exclusivity programming agreements for mobile and broadband rights

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 26 2011

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it has imposed a moratorium against a large communications company, prohibiting it from entering into new exclusive programming agreements for mobile and broadband rights to television programming from its conventional and specialty channels

US government crackdown targets Canadian online gaming company

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • May 3 2012

On 28 February 2012, prosecutors in Maryland charged four Canadian founders of an online gaming website (the Company) with running an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering

Telecommunications firms litigate internet speed advertising claims

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • September 30 2009

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has denied a request for an injunction by Bell Canada, the largest Canadian internet service provider, but has made important comments on the merits of an underlying action relating to comparative advertising of internet speed claims

CRTC launches fact-finding initiative on OTT programming

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • July 26 2011

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has called for submissions on the impact of over-the-top services on the Canadian broadcasting system

Federal Court of Appeal rules that CRTC has authority to permit broadcasters to charge cable companies a fee for local television signals

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • May 4 2011

The Federal Court of Appeal of Canada has ruled that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is permitted to establish a so-called "Value for Signal" (VFS) regime whereby broadcasters may negotiate a fee with cable and satellite companies for the right to carry local signals (i.e., local stations) in their packaged television offerings

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on whether ISPs can be regulated under the Broadcasting Act

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • June 28 2011

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has granted leave to appeal a Federal Court of Appeal judgment dated 7 July 2010, which held that internet service providers (ISPs) do not carry on a "broadcasting undertaking" as defined in the federal Broadcasting Act

Supreme Court holds that ISPs are not broadcasters

  • Baker & McKenzie
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • April 5 2012

On 16 January 2012, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that retail internet service providers (ISPs) are not subject to the federal Broadcasting Act as a result of providing consumers with access to broadcasting over the internet