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Jan 11, 2017 — News Article

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — News Article

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 6, 2017 — News Article

CRTC commissioner departs, leaving another top spot vacant at regulator by Emily Jackson

Commissioner Candice Molnar’s departure comes as the Department of Canadian Heritage, which administers the CRTC, is having trouble filling the top spots at the regulator, which has a packed agenda.

Jan 2, 2017 — News Article

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision. 

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the broadcasting proposition is a three-legged stool – industry, creator and consumer – and Blais has got to be able to work with the first two. 

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service by Terry Pedwell

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it can’t make full access to ultra-high speed services a reality on its own, and will require business and government help.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Unlimited Internet Plans To Become Standard Under New CRTC Rules

Canada's telecommunications watchdog has ordered Internet service providers to offer an unlimited data plan for home Internet access, and to issue easy-to-understand bills.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio asks CRTC to change Super Bowl ad policy by Terry Pedwell

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has added his voice to growing pressure on Canada’s broadcast regulator to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over big-budget American spots during the Super Bowl.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio wants CRTC Super Bowl ad decision reversed by BJ Siekierski

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson have written a letter to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton asking the Canadian government to reverse the CRTC’s 2015 decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of the 2017 Super Bowl broadcast.

Dec 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC approves broadcast part of Bell-MTS deal, two approvals still needed to go ahead by Emily Jackson

The CRTC approves the transfer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s broadcast licences to BCE Inc., the first of three approvals needed in Bell’s $3.9-billion bid to buy MTS.

Dec 19, 2016 — News Article

CRTC’s ‘cornerstone’ ruling on basic telecom service expected to have repercussions for telcos by Emily Jackson

The CRTC is poised to release its ruling on what constitutes basic telecom service, a “cornerstone” decision that chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said could have repercussions for the next decade.

Dec 15, 2016 — News Article

Let’s question government-subsidized culture by Aaron Wudrick

Columnist argues having official government criteria for defining Canadian content is in many ways a misguided endeavour.

Dec 15, 2016 — News Article

Canadian MPs say CRTC made a bad call on Super Bowl ads by Alexander Panetta

Two Liberal MPs are asking the CRTC to reverse its new policy that forces the NFL to run an unfiltered broadcast of its championship game so Canadians can see the big-budget ads.

Dec 11, 2016 — News Article

Canada leads charge to force Internet giants to support more localized content by Daniel LeBlanc

Ottawa wants to create an international coalition that will give governments new powers to force Internet and multimedia giants to fund and showcase the creation of domestic content on their digital platforms.

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 7, 2016 — News Article

CRTC to cut back staff, services at regional offices in ‘digital first’ shift by Emily Jackson

Canada’s telecommunications regulator is eliminating roles at its seven regional offices and consolidating some services at its National Capital Region headquarters in a push towards “digital first.”