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Mar 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell Goes to Court to Fight CTRC Decision on U.S. Super Bowl Ads

Media company says banning simsub could cause "real harm" to Canada's broadcasting sector.

Feb 26, 2015 — News Article

FCC Commissioners call on chairman to release 332-page Internet regulation plan by Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly

FCC Commissioners request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a period of not less than 30 days to study it.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Sun News Burned by Changing Broadcasting Climate by Michael Geist

Columnist says Sun News' demise signals the beginning of a new era in Canadian broadcasting in which services are allowed to fail rather than being propped up through regulatory or government support.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Bell Canada Seeks Reversal Of CRTC's Net Neutrality Ruling In Federal Court by Daniel Tencer

Bell Canada has gone to court to overturn a ruling from Canada’s telecom watchdog that requires the media giant to price competing streaming services at the same rates as its own.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Sun TV’s demise lamented by pro-Israel groups by Paul Lungen

Spokespeople for several Jewish groups lament the loss of Sun TV, both for the coverage it gave to issues they found important, and because it signals yet another diminishing of the news media landscape.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Bell Mobility Inc asks courts to overturn CRTC decision over ‘unlawful’ mobile TV pricing by Terry Pedwell

One of the country’s biggest mobile companies is hoping the courts will overturn a decision by the telecom regulator that was aimed at creating greater price fairness for mobile TV services.

Feb 4, 2015 — News Article

Vidéotron gets CRTC nod to create English community TV channel by Steve Faguy

The CRTC rules that Vidéotron has failed in its mandate to provide proper community access television, but it will be allowed to create an English version of its community channel MAtv in Montreal.

Feb 3, 2015 — News Article

Globe says BCE not happy with CRTC's decision on simsub

The Globe and Mail reports that Bell Media is sparring with the CRTC over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl. 

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission steps up for consumers by Ricky Leong

Canadian broadcasters say simsubbing is an integral part of their business model, allowing them to pay for Canadian programming of all description.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell clashes with CRTC over future Super Bowl commercials by James Bradshaw

Bell Media is sparring with the federal broadcast regulator over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian carriers cry foul on CRTC plan by Fred Rinne

The CRTC is contemplating a ban on Canadian network carriers from blocking American commercials on Canadian TV.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Rencontre avec le Comité sénatorial permanent des langues officielles - Le Québec et l'Ontario poursuivent leurs actions pour le maintien des services en français à Radio-Canada

As part of an ongoing process to protect francophone services at Radio-Canada, Quebec and Ontario ministers Jean-Marc Fournier and Madeleine Meilleur met with the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Publicités du Super Bowl : lorsque Bell tente de séduire le CRTC par courriel by Daniel Thibeault

Bell Media tries to intervene directly with CRTC Commissioners to reverse the decision to allow Canadians to watch American commercials during the Super Bowl, starting in 2017.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Why does the CRTC subsidize U.S. television? by William Watson

Columnist says the CRTC’s decision to stop “simultaneous substitution” of Super Bowl commercials starting in 2017 comes just as technology makes TV commercials irrelevant.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

From antennae to Android: Former CRTC chair says Canada's communications laws stuck in pre-digital era by David Kumagai

Konrad von Finckenstein says that unlike Australia and the United States, Canada has failed to articulate a coherent vision for regulating the not-so-new media environment.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

National Post View: The CRTC’s anti-consumer agenda

Editorial says that on the surface, the CRTC's recent announcements might seem like the broadcast regulator is taking some very necessary steps toward allowing greater telecom freedoms, but it's actually introducing new mobile and televisions restrictions.

Feb 1, 2015 — News Article

Those Go Daddy ads during the Super Bowl may come at a hidden cost by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the point behind simultaneous substitution was to ensure respect for a monetization of the exclusive rights Canadian channels acquire and that make their businesses viable and meet regulatory obligations. 

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC misses the local TV mark, and then some by Carmi Levy

Columnist says that by striking down carriers’ attempts to implement a preferential payment system, the CRTC has made it clear it has no intention of allowing anything less than equitable access to all Internet resources.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems.