CRTC and Canadian Media News – CRTC launches first call for applications for Broadband Fund

Québec Press Council

The CRTC has launched its first call for applications for the Broadband Fund. The commission is accepting applications until Oct. 3 for projects in the Canadian territories and satellite-dependent communities, where there is a need for improved broadband Internet and mobile wireless services. The fund will provide up to $750 million over five years to support projects in underserved areas. Applicants that have at least three years’ experience deploying and operating broadband infrastructure in Canada may apply for funding for projects to build or upgrade access and transport broadband infrastructure or mobile wireless networks. Applicants must invest financially in their project and demonstrate that it would not be viable without the support of the Broadband Fund. Read more on the criteria in the Application Guide. The CRTC will announce the selected projects from the first call for applications in 2020. A second call open to all regions will be launched this fall.

Ezra Levant

Rebel Media has filed a trademark infringement suit against the Hudson’s Bay Company over alleged unauthorized use of the “Make Canada Great Again” slogan. Rebel applied for the trademark to the phrase back in 2016 and registered it this past March. Rebel has also registered “Make Alberta Great Again.”

Canadian Media Educators has announced the winners of its National Student Awards, celebrating achievement in student media. There were multiple winners from the broadcast programs at Red River College, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Loyalist, among other schools. Find the full list of winners here.

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