All CRTC / Regulation Articles

May 18, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

MTS deal would set a harmful precedent for wireless competition by Dwayne Winseck & Ben Class

Columnist says if the merger goes through, the communication industry in Manitoba will be radically transformed, and there will be important implications for the rest of Canada as well.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Liberals Signal New Telecom Policy, Promote Open Access by Michael Geist

The CRTC decision means that companies such as Bell will be required to share their fibre networks with other carriers on a wholesale basis.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Six Corus Principles for Innovation and Success

Corus Entertainment presents a manifesto containing six principles for innovation and success.

May 16, 2016 — News Article

Jean Pierre Blais at the public hearing to review competitive radio applications in Vancouver

The CRTC begins considering applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market, including the City of Surrey.

 

May 13, 2016 — News Article

Canadians don’t want major changes to Cancon rules, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

According to a new Nanos/Globe and Mail poll, a majority of Canadians are opposed to a new tax on U.S.-based Internet services such as iTunes and Netflix, even as many struggling media and cultural groups argue they need additional sources of funding to survive in the digital era.

May 11, 2016 — News Article

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 10, 2016 — News Article

CanCon Makeover: Let's Get Creative by Michael Geist

Columnist says it falls to the government to reject the regulatory models of the past by embracing a future-focused strategy that emphasizes competition, consumer access, and the export and promotion of Canadian content for a global audience.

May 6, 2016 — News Article

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system. 

May 4, 2016 — News Article

Nearly every Canadian will soon have high-speed Internet, so why is the CRTC meddling? by Martin Masse & Paul Beaudry

Columnists say Canada’s broadband is healthy, characterized by competitive market players providing quality services at affordable prices.

May 4, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian conventional television stations

In 2015, there were 93 private conventional television stations in operation in Canada, which generated total revenues of $1.76 billion. These stations continued to operate in a challenging environment, with total revenues declining 2.6%, or $46.6 million, from 2014.

May 2, 2016 — News Article

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Free advice for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Karl Nerenberg

Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage Minister, is about to launch a national consultation with an ambitious goal: to rethink policies governing Canada's broadcasting, film and other cultural industries.

Apr 26, 2016 — News Article

Leadership Sorely Needed on Canada's Broadband Strategy by Michael Geist

Columnist says the press and public coverage of the telecommunications regulator's hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada may have led to an unexpected abrupt shift in tone and policy. 

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Former CRTC head praises Ottawa for rethinking CanCon

The former head of the CRTC is applauding Ottawa’s decision to review the rules governing cultural industries in the country, pointing out that imposing regulations on the broadcast industry is increasingly difficult and ineffective.

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Canadian Radio Advertising Remains Stable: CRTC by Chris Powell

Advertising revenues for Canada’s commercial radio stations – as well as those operated by the CBC – have remained stable over the past five years, according to new data released by the CRTC.