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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


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


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


CRTC announces review of earlier decisions relating to usage-based billing for wholesale internet services
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Canada
  • March 22 2011

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a comprehensive review of its recent decisions that would have permitted large internet distributors to adopt usage-based billing for wholesale customers (typically small internet service providers or ISPs) where such providers' residential users exceeded bandwidth caps, as determined by the distributors who generally own or operate the network infrastructure


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


Canada revises community television policy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Canada
  • November 9 2010

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an updated policy requiring cable undertakings to ensure that at least half of the programming on their community access channels is created by community members, meaning that the original idea for a program must come from members of the community, who must also be involved in some aspect of the production, whether in front or behind the camera


Canadian deadline for transition to digital television signals
  • Baker McKenzie
  • USA
  • August 17 2010

On 14 June 2010, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a reminder to Canadian broadcasters of the 31 August 2011 deadline to switch from analog to digital television signals and warned broadcasters that this deadline will not be extended


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


CRTC rules on application to reduce Canadian content
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Canada
  • December 14 2010

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied two applications by a Canadian broadcaster to reduce the percentage of Canadian content it broadcasts on television to 55, which is 5 less than the current 60 minimum required by the Television Broadcasting Regulations