The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has revoked the basic international telecommunications services (BITS) licenses of 75 companies for failing to comply with the rules.
The CRTC authorizes companies holding these licenses to transport telecommunications traffic outside of Canada.
Approved companies have several conditions to respect.
There are annual reporting requirements, and they must keep their information with the commission up to date and provide notice within 30 days of any changes.
Companies also cannot engage in anti-competitive behavior that would reduce competition in the industry.
The CRTC sent companies whose licenses were revoked a notice on December 3. They had until December 17 to file the requested information. They could also represent themselves before the commission and explain why they did not meet the conditions required of holders of a BITS license.
Eazy Communications, PanOrion Quebec Inc. and Telkel Inc. are among the long list of companies whose licenses have been revoked. You can view the full list here.
Companies will face hefty fines if they provide BITS without the proper license, the CRTC warns.