All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2011

Dec 19, 2011 — News Article

CRTC to Review Local Programming Improvement Fund

Saying the quality and the quantity of local TV programming in Canada is at risk, the CRTC will hold a public consultation and review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Dec 13, 2011 — News Article

BCE says CRTC oversteps with sports ruling by Jamie Sturgeon

BCE Inc. said it will challenge a ruling by the CRTC that the telecom giant must quash commercial agreements cut with the NHL and NFL to stream games exclusively to its mobile subscribers.

Nov 24, 2011 — News Article

CRTC tells francophone radio broadcasters to limit use of musical montages

The CRTC is telling two francophone radio stations that they must limit their use of musical montages, which can be used towards a regulated broadcaster's Canadian content or French-language vocal content.

Nov 20, 2011 — News Article

Dump big internet service providers, lobby group says by Jason Magder

As a result of the CRTC's ruling, telecom companies can choose to either charge independents a flat rate for usage, or based on capacity, and independent ISPs will have to decide each month how much bandwidth to purchase.

Nov 7, 2011 — News Article

What recession? Profits, greed and gifting thrive in TV land by John Doyle

Recently the CRTC released figures about commercial Canadian TV stations, showing their operating revenues in broadcasting came to $2.15-billion in 2010 - an increase of 9 per cent from 2009.

Nov 1, 2011 — News Article

High Noon at the CRTC

Columnist says new media players like Netflix pose a fundamental challenge to Canadian content regulations.

Oct 19, 2011 — News Article

CRTC eases ‘thou shalt’ to ‘thou should’ by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says the CRTC is facing a fight over its attempt to rein in a rapidly changing TV industry.

Oct 17, 2011 — News Article

Who Would Want Konrad’s Job? by Chris Powell

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's independence and dedication to do what certain acts of Parliament demanded him to do speaks well of him.

Oct 6, 2011 — News Article

'No evidence' Netflix hurting broadcasters by Jamie Sturgeon

The CRTC has decided against regulating online-streaming companies.

Oct 6, 2011 — News Article

CRTC backs off Netflix probe

The CRTC has decided not to pursue a formal review of online streaming companies that show TV content on the Internet.

Sep 27, 2011 — News Article

CRTC chairman won’t get a second term by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says Konrad von Finckenstein’s term as chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom regulator is coming to an end, after five years characterized by clashes with the Tory government and a series of landmark decisions about the future of the industries it oversees.

Sep 22, 2011 — News Article

Vertical Integration: There's some love for the CRTC decision, but Bell calls for full system reboot by Greg O’Brien

Bell Canada’s regulatory chief says due to the CRTC’s new vertical integration policy, he wants to start over when it comes to our broadcasting laws and its regulation.

Sep 21, 2011 — News Article

Vertical Integration policy mandates safeguards, some exclusive content, programming flexibility

Columnist says the CRTC’s policy on vertical integration tries hard to balance the wants of Canadian television viewers with the commercial demands of the country’s largest vertically integrated broadcasters and television distributors, and the needs of the smaller and independent ones.

Sep 21, 2011 — News Article

CRTC rewrites rules for mobile broadcasting by Susan Krashinsky

The CRTC has introduced a new set of controls on how television content can be sold, in a move that will curb BCE Inc.’s plans to use programming to boost its wireless business.

Sep 21, 2011 — News Article

CRTC sets rules on exclusive mobile video deals

The CRTC has ruled that companies such as Bell can't offer streamed hockey games or TV shows exclusively to their own mobile and internet customers — such content must also be available to competitors "under fair and reasonable terms."

Sep 21, 2011 — News Article

CRTC Rules Against Exclusive TV Rights Deals by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC is forcing vertically integrated media groups to make all TV shows, including premium sporting events, available to competitors under fair and reasonable terms.

Sep 21, 2011 — News Article

Canada regulator tightens mobile, Internet rules

The CRTC says Canadian companies that own both television content and the means to distribute it will face tighter rules for selling programming rights to rivals.

Sep 17, 2011 — News Article

Digital deluge by Vito Pilieci

TV antenna dealer is swamped by inquiries from consumers anxious to tune in to new digital signals.

Sep 17, 2011 — News Article

Rogers told to stop throttling online games by Sarah Schmidt

The CRTC has told Rogers Communications Inc. to come up with a plan before the end of September to stop slowing down the speed of online games.

Sep 15, 2011 — News Article

Jesse Kline: CRTC wants to control the volume on your television by Jesse Kline

Columnist says there is a possibility that a regulatory agency that figures it’s the government’s business to control the volume on our TVs has run out of useful things to do.

Sep 13, 2011 — News Article

Astral pushes for CRTC to clamp down on Netflix by LuAnn LaSalle

Astral Media says foreign Internet competitors like Netflix should be subject to the same rules as Canadian broadcast providers.

Sep 13, 2011 — News Article

TV ad volumes must be lowered

More than 7,000 Canadians responded to a call for comments from the CRTC on sound volume in ads and the overwhelming majority said loudness was a persistent problem.

Sep 1, 2011 — News Article

TV turns to digital from analog across Canada

Viewers who relied on outdoor antennas or rabbit ears for their television signal now need a converter box or a digital tuner in order to watch television.

Sep 1, 2011 — News Article

Switch to digital TV causes little static by Eric Volmers

Columnist says the switch from analogue to digital TV signals did not seem to cause much panic or public outcry in Calgary, with local stations reporting only a minor number of calls about TV screens suddenly going blank.

Aug 27, 2011 — News Article

Digital delay: Some broadcasters slowly getting the signal by Steve Faguy

Columnist says that despite having had four years to prepare, and despite the clearer high-definition picture and sound these digital transmitters provide, Canada’s broadcasters haven’t been very enthusiastic about switch from analog to digital.

Aug 26, 2011 — News Article

Analog to digital TV switchover explained by Brad Oswald

Columnist says the reason for the switch from analog to digital is that it will free up unused bandwidth which will either be dedicated to emergency and security services or auctioned off to private-sector telephone and media companies.

Aug 25, 2011 — News Article

Thousands could be left in the dark when TV signals shift to digital by Eric Volmers

FRIENDS says the government should follow the lead of the U.S., which subsidized low-income viewers and even some television channels to set up new digital transmitters.

Aug 23, 2011 — News Article

FCC Eliminates Fairness Doctrine in Rules Shake-Up

The FCC says the controversial Fairness Doctrine and 82 other rules governing electronic media have been deemed obsolete and will therefore be abandoned.

Aug 23, 2011 — News Article

Part I: The growth of the network media economy, 1984-2010 by Dwayne Winseck

Columnist says that amidst all the interest-driven media and Internet policy discussions boiling away today, and as scribblers everywhere anticipate the end of television, newspaper, music or book industries, there’s something missing: evidence.

Aug 22, 2011 — News Article

URGENT - Sept. 6 is Deadline to Comment on New "Code of Access Best Practices"

The CRTC is asking for public comment on a draft "Code of Access Best Practices" set out by the Canada's cable companies.

Aug 22, 2011 — News Article

Not your father’s rabbit ears by Kate Taylor

Enthusiasts point out that, because they are not compressed to be carried by cable or satellite, the over-the-air digital signals offer the highest definition images.

Aug 19, 2011 — News Article

More Canadians cutting the cords and going wireless, CRTC says by Sarah Schmidt

The CRTC says Canadians are turning off their televisions and cutting their land lines in favour of online streaming and smartphones in record numbers.

Aug 17, 2011 — News Article

Ready or not, digital TV is taking over by Conal Pierse

Analog television screens will turn to snow Aug. 31 as Canada switches to digital television broadcasts.

Aug 17, 2011 — News Article

CBC wins one-year delay in digital TV switch by Vito Pilieci

With more than 600 towers that rebroadcast CBC signals to less populated areas, the national broadcaster said it simply can't afford to meet the CRTC's demands to beam high-quality and often high-definition digital TV signals to a majority of Canada's populace for free over the air.

Aug 16, 2011 — News Article

CBC cleared to continue some analog TV signals

CBC will continue to broadcast analog over-the-air television signals from 22 transmitters that could have been shut down after the mandatory changeover to digital TV on Aug. 31.

Aug 11, 2011 — News Article

Canada may surf Super Wi-Fi wave by Jason Magder

Already approved for use in the U.S., Canada will consider clearing the way for the adoption of Super Wi-Fi - a wireless high-speed Internet with a range of up to 100 kilometres.

Aug 7, 2011 — News Article

Digital divide: DTV switch leaving some in dark by Peter Hadzipetros

As of August 31, 2011 the CRTC is requiring all broadcasters to go digital in 30 markets, including all provincial capitals and cities with a population of 300,000 or greater.

Aug 5, 2011 — News Article

CKLN will move to online broadcasting

CKLN, which was located at 88.1 on the FM dial, went off the air in April because the CRTC said the station was not complying with its licence.

Aug 4, 2011 — News Article

GTA broadcasters unite against Bell's CTV2 application by Greg O’Brien

Broadcasters in the Greater Toronto Area have told the CRTC nothing has changed since 2007 that should permit Bell Media to expand an additional conventional station in an already overcrowded GTA TV market.

Jul 27, 2011 — News Article

Canadian performers fear new CRTC rules will ghettoize homegrown shows

The CRTC says it's bringing in new rules to encourage bigger budget, higher quality Canadian programs, but homegrown performers fear the changes could ghettoize Canuck fare.

Jul 26, 2011 — News Article

Fast, affordable Internet about more than watching movies online by Roland Renner

Columnist says that for the CRTC and the Canadian film and video production industry, customers who use Internet video bypass the elaborate promotion of Canadian content.

Jul 23, 2011 — News Article

Telus head sets the record straight on usage-based billing by Robert McFarlane

Telus' executive vice-president and chief financial officer says mid-range Canadian Internet prices are actually about average when compared to other developed countries.

Jul 21, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

FRIENDS asks the CRTC for clarification on the closing date for comments on the CBC application for a Saint John transmitter.

Jul 19, 2011 — News Article

Bell's claims of Internet congestion may be overblown by Michael Geist

Columnist says CRTC commissioners have recognized that proposals based on limiting the volume of Internet use are not only bad policy but are ineffective in dealing with network congestion.

Jul 17, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

Submission to the CRTC on CBC's proposal for a digital transmitter to serve Saint John New Brunswick.

Jul 13, 2011 — News Article

CRTC postpones CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal hearings by Hubert Lacroix

CBC President thanks all those who submitted interventions to the CRTC re: CBC's upcoming license renewal.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC Delays CBC License Renewal Hearing To 2012 by Etan Vlessing

A question mark over government funding for Canada's public broadcaster has pushed upcoming license renewal hearings to June 2012.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC enforcement of net neutrality lax: advocate

Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa suggests the federal communications regulator's response to consumer complaints has been "superficial" and that complaints are "often dismissed without serious inquiry."

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC licence-renewal process delayed by CRTC

The CRTC has postponed hearings to renew broadcast licences for CBC/Radio-Canada until next year after numerous interveners have requested a postponement to the licence renewal process.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC licence hearing delay fuels speculation about budget cuts by by Elizabeth Thompson

Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.

Jul 4, 2011 — News Article

CBC's pitch for support of its CRTC licence renewal applications

Canada's public broadcaster outlines its requests to the CRTC in their license renewal application.

Jul 2, 2011 — News Article

Geist: Why competition holds the key to a broken broadcast system by Michael Geist

Columnist says that after the CRTC's hearing on the consolidation of the Canadian communications market the only obvious conclusion from the hundreds of submissions and hours of debate is that Canada’s broadcast law framework is broken.

Jun 26, 2011 — News Article

CRTC faces charges of bias in online video consultation by Michael Geist

Columnist says there is a pervasive sense that the CRTC is caving to pressure from a small group of powerful stakeholders without regard for consumer interests.

Jun 23, 2011 — News Article

CRTC wants Shaw's help to draft new rules by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says the CRTC has asked Shaw Communications Inc. to draft rules that would curb it and other giants in the sector from using "excessive market power" against smaller firms.

Jun 23, 2011 — News Article

Integrated media market open to abuse, Cogeco tells CRTC by Susan Krashinsky

Cogeco says integrated media companies that own both TV channels and the means to distribute them are playing with “money that goes from the left hand to the right hand within the same entity” – a reality that opens the market up to abuse.

Jun 23, 2011 — News Article

CRTC response to FRIENDS' request by Robert Morin

The CRTC responds to FRIENDS' June 20th request to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

Jun 20, 2011 — Blog Post

Letter to the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein regarding CBC licence renewals

FRIENDS urges the commission to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

Jun 20, 2011 — News Article

Telcoms big and small to face CRTC in digital content hearings by LuAnn LaSalle

With more and more TV content in Canada being delivered online through mobile devices, Canadian regulators open hearings on possible measures to ensure a level field for service providers.

Jun 17, 2011 — News Article

CRTC: Has the CBC strayed from its pubcaster mandate? by Etan Vlessing

The CBC’s relevance with Canadians, and whether it should distinguish itself from its private sector rivals, are the focus of the CRTC’s online probe before hearings on renewing the network’s radio and TV licenses start on September 12th.

Jun 14, 2011 — News Article

CRTC chief talks legislation for services such as Netflix by Marsha Lederman

The CRTC has raised the possibility of legislation to deal with the onslaught of so-called over-the-top services such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV.

Jun 3, 2011 — News Article

CRTC rejects Globalive complaint that Rogers drops too many roaming calls by Sunny Freeman

Columnist says customers of Wind Mobile and other new wireless players will continue to face dropped calls when roaming onto another network after the CRTC has refused to intervene.

Jun 3, 2011 — News Article

CRTC launches online consultation on billing

The CRTC is asking the public to comment on how cable and telephone companies charge Internet service providers for their wires.

May 31, 2011 — News Release

Dalton Camp Award returns home

Nine years after its creation, the Dalton Camp Award returns to Fredericton this week with the presentation of the 2011 DCA Award at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

May 27, 2011 — News Article

Canadian TV deregulation urged by Jason Magder and Jamie Sturgeon

Head of Quebecor Media says rather than regulate Netflix, as television operators suggested in a letter to the CRTC, all existing regulations should be eliminated to make the playing field more fair.

May 21, 2011 — News Article

CKLN: From revolution to radio silence by Adrian Morrow

Earlier this year, the CRTC pulled CKLN's license in the wake of an internal power struggle two years ago and has now lost its radio frequency and is confined to broadcasting online.

May 16, 2011 — News Article

The INTERVIEW:'s Steve Anderson talks about its creation, funding and UBB by Perry Hoffman

Steve Anderson, founder and executive director of, describes the mission of the consumer advocacy organization with respect to the ongoing battle over usage-based billing as ensuring Canadians have access to an open and affordable Internet.

May 12, 2011 — News Article

CRTC finds that radio stations are supporting new Canadian artists

The CRTC says two studies on the airplay given to new Canadian artists indicate that no new regulations are required at this time since these artists are receiving adequate airplay.

May 11, 2011 — News Article

CRTC kills changes to false news rules by Laura Payton

The CRTC has announced that it has decided not to pursue changes to broadcast regulations that would have narrowed a prohibition on false or misleading news.

May 6, 2011 — News Article

CRTC requires Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry more local television stations

The CRTC updated its satellite distribution policy to require Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry all local television stations supported by the Local Programming Improvement Fund.

May 5, 2011 — News Article

CRTC gives local programs a hand by Jason Magder

CRTC has ordered Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. to carry more local stations starting on Sept. 1.

May 4, 2011 — News Article

CRTC sets high-speed internet deadline by Jameson Berkow

The CRTC expects 100% of the Canadian population to have access to high-speed Internet service by mid-decade.

Apr 28, 2011 — News Article

Don't allow content-hording, Telus urges CRTC by Jason Magder

Telecommunications company Telus Corp. is urging the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission not to allow its competitors to horde the content for the exclusive use of their subscribers.

Apr 28, 2011 — News Article

All Canadians deserve to be connected by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Columnist says: "When you're isolated through illness, injury, or poverty, the Internet provides you with the only social life you may have."

Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-783 Vertical Integration Regulatory Framework

Considering that all large broadcasters in Canada - except the CBC - are now controlled by distributors, FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC protect the interests of small independent players.

Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Final Submission: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952

Final submission to the CRTC on the group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups.

Apr 21, 2011 — News Article

COMMENTARY: Are our regs coming apart at the streams? by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says we're approaching a point where digital, ubiquitous, instant, global content delivery now means our Canadian-made shows will have to sink or swim on their merits as a business, competing actively, globally, where the home-town funding props we’ve become accustomed to become unsustainable.

Apr 19, 2011 — News Article

Group Licensing: Von Finckenstein 'disappointed" during hearing's final days by Perry Hoffman

Columnist says that while Bell Media maintains its position on symmetrical regulation of Canadian content spending requirements Rogers Media has shocked commissioners by asking to be excluded from the group licensing regime.

Apr 14, 2011 — News Article

CRTC working group joins call for proceeding on Netflix

A CRTC working group, tasked with looking at over-the-top programming services, asked the commission in an April 1 letter to open a proceeding on “whether and how such non-Canadian companies [like Netflix] should support Canadian cultural programming.”

Apr 14, 2011 — News Article

Rogers says CRTC's group-licensing framework too onerous, asks to pull out by Mark Burgess

Rogers Communications Inc. says it wants out of the CRTC’s group licensing framework, telling commissioners that it can’t meet the policy’s requirements for Canadian programming expenditures.

Apr 12, 2011 — News Article

May accuses TV media of 'spectacular hypocrisy' by Doug Ward

Green Party leader faults broadcasters and the other party leaders for refusing to change the debate format to allow her participation, while being willing to switch the day of the Frenchlanguage debate because of a Stanley Cup hockey game.

Apr 11, 2011 — News Article

CRTC approves Sirius-XM Canada deal

More than two years after their U.S. affiliates joined forces, Canada’s two satellite radio companies have been given clearance for their own merger.

Apr 11, 2011 — Policy Brief

Group-based Licence Renewals for English-language Television groups

In a presentation to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.

Apr 5, 2011 — News Article

Greens' bid to get into leaders' debates rejected

Federal Court of Appeal Judge Marc Nadon decides he will not expedite the court process, meaning a decision cannot come down in time for Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to join the debate.

Apr 5, 2011 — News Article

Check Your Television Sets

The Department of Canadian Heritage explains how Canadians will be affected by the transition to digital broadcasting.

Apr 5, 2011 — News Article

Group Licensing: "You're nickel and diming us" on Cancon, Bell Media told by Perry Hoffman

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says that Bell Media is taking a “one step forward and two steps backward” approach to its Canadian content commitments.

Apr 3, 2011 — News Article

May going to court over debate exclusion; Legal appeal to be heard on Tuesday

Green Party lawyer Peter Rosenthal will appear on behalf of May before the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa where the Court will determine whether it will hear May's application.

Apr 1, 2011 — News Article

Canada's Minimalist Approach to the DTV Transition by James Careless

Columnist says the Canadian media is not focused on the approaching analog TV shutdown, and hence, the public that relies on it.

Mar 31, 2011 — News Article

The Office of the Ombudsman: The consortium decision on the leaders' election debates

CBC Ombudsman says the obligation to provide equitable coverage does not mean the need to provide equal coverage, and there is reason to believe that media will find many other ways to integrate the Green Party into political journalism.

Mar 31, 2011 — News Article

A look at the CRTC from the inside out by Duncan Stewart

Columnist weighs in on the decision to hold a recent CRTC meeting under Chatham House Rules, in which participants can share what they heard, but not who said it or with which organization they are affiliated.

Mar 25, 2011 — News Article

High court to eye web copyright

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to look at the question of copyright on material downloaded from the Internet.

Mar 23, 2011 — News Article

New CRTC VP tells critics he earned posting by Carmen Chai

The newly appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC says he earned his high-ranking posting following interviews and rigorous screening.

Mar 18, 2011 — News Article

Liberals ads finally turn tigerish by Heather Mallick

Columnist says Stephen Harper is trying to create a new Canada, a place without kindness, decency and truth.

Mar 18, 2011 — News Article

CRTC makes it easier to change providers by Jamie Sturgeon

The CRTC has put in place new rules to make switching mobile-phone, Internet and television providers easier for consumers, and perhaps net them a better deal.

Mar 16, 2011 — News Article

CRTC decision on BCE-CTV deal will benefit CanCon: experts by Ryan Charkow

FRIENDS says high quality Canadian programming will be the result of the CRTC doing its job.

Mar 14, 2011 — News Article

CACTUS welcomes community TV ruling from CRTC by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) is applauding BCE being asked by the CRTC to carry seven indie community TV channels by 2012 to secure outright control of CTVglobemedia.

Mar 12, 2011 — News Article

CRTC refuses to widen probe into Internet pricing by Sarah Schmidt

Canada’s telecom regulator says it will not expand its probe into Internet pricing to look at the billing practices of retail Internet services because market forces are working just fine for consumers.

Mar 11, 2011 — News Article

Net pricing means service flexibility by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says with more than 500 Internet service providers in Canada, there is no need for the government to regulate how we choose to buy our Internet service.

Mar 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC approves BCE's CTV purchase by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says regulators have approved BCE Inc.'s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTV Inc., paving the way for the largest telecommunications company in Canada to gain complete control over the country's biggest broadcaster.

Mar 8, 2011 — News Article

Clement's telecom confusion by Paul Beaudry and Martin Masse

Columnists say the likely outcome of the government overturning the CRTC's UBB decision will be the maintenance of a regulatory straitjacket on large telecommunications and cable companies, which will discourage genuine competition and innovation.

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

CRTC gives green light to BCE's $1.3-billion purchase of CTVglobemedia

FRIENDS praises the CRTC for extracting $245 million in tangible benefits, discarding BCE's original argument that since it paid $230 million the first time it bought CTV in 2000, it shouldn't be forced to contribute a second time.

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

CRTC bars media companies from content exclusivity by Susan Krashinsky

As part of its approval of BCE Inc.’s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTVglobemedia, the federal broadcast regulator has moved to block telecommunications companies from locking up their video content for their own wireless subscribers.

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

CRTC approves BCE’s purchase of CTVglobemedia

CRTC Chairman says “We are pleased that BCE has addressed our questions regarding how this transaction would contribute to the vitality of the Canadian broadcasting system.”

Mar 3, 2011 — News Article

Clement sticks to his talking points on UBB and Globalive at Industry Committee by Perry Hoffman

Industry Minister says usage-based billing (UBB) threatens to limit the benefits that innovative and creative businesses, such as those involved in cloud computing, could bring to the Canadian economy.

Mar 3, 2011 — News Article

Rogers will appeal value-for-signal decision

Rogers plans to appeal the Federal Court's decision which confirmed that the CRTC does have the authority to permit broadcasters to negotiate a fee from BDUs for their off-air signals.

Mar 2, 2011 — News Article

A way out of the Globalive mess by Larry Herman and Finn Poschmann

Columnists say if the government wants to allow foreign direct investment decisions to be made according to criteria that include greater access to foreign capital and technology it should amend the Telecommunications Act to make that clear.

Mar 1, 2011 — News Article

Moot court? CRTC has right to okay value-for-signal, says Federal Court by Greg O'Brien

In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Canada said the CRTC does, in fact, have jurisdiction and can let broadcasters demand a fee from satellite, cable and telco TV carriers for the broadcasters’ off-air signals.

Mar 1, 2011 — News Article

GROUP LICENSE RENEWALS: Vertically integrated broadcasters can do much better on Cancon by Perry Hoffman

TV and film production stakeholders are urging the CRTC to not lose sight of its Canadian programming expenditure (CPE) benchmarks when considering the group-based licence renewals of the large, vertically integrated, broadcasters.

Mar 1, 2011 — News Article

COMMENT: Canadians still in the dark, politicians clueless, as analog TV approaches its end by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says that while the usage-based billing issue is receiving much attention, another media issue that will affect tens of thousands more Canadians is still receiving scant notice: the transition from analog over-the-air TV to digital.

Feb 28, 2011 — News Article

CBC not asking for funding to fill holes in controversial digital transition plan by Karen Fournier

FRIENDS says they hope the CRTC will not accept the CBC's proposal stop over-the-air reception to Moncton and Saint John.

Feb 28, 2011 — News Article

Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Columnist says Canada's requirement that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news" has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom.

Feb 24, 2011 — News Article

Netflix Hires Lobbyists To Bend Canadian Ears by Etan Vlessing

Netflix has hired its first Canadian lobbyists as the country’s Internet usage-based billing debate heats up.

Feb 22, 2011 — News Article

Netflix model hurts TV, film: group by Jason Magder

The Canadian Media Production Association says policy-makers need to consider whether Netflix and similar Web services should be charged a fee to help fund Canadian productions.

Feb 22, 2011 — News Article

But is it broadcasting? by Dan Misener

The CRTC says Netflix is not a broadcaster, but the broadcast industry begs to differ.

Feb 22, 2011 — News Article

Telecom needs a dose of foreign money

Columnist says allowing foreign investment would give Canadians and businesses more certainty, would lower prices for consumers and would send a clear signal that Canada is confident in the strength of its culture, without outdated, unnecessary regulations.

Feb 22, 2011 — News Article

Stand up for an independent media by Denis Hall

Columnist says that through the current Canadian government, forces outside and within the CRTC have been trying to weaken Canada’s media standards by overruling CRTC decisions.

Feb 17, 2011 — News Article

Feds will appeal Globalive ruling by John Bugailiskis

Saying he’s defending consumer choice and competition, Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government will appeal a Federal Court of Canada ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Globalive Wireless to operate in Canada.

Feb 17, 2011 — News Article

Moore defends Pentefountas' appointment to CRTC by Perry Hoffman

Columnist says the naming of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC has sparked a maelstrom of outrage from opposition MPs who believe the Conservative government is deliberately trying to undermine the independence of the broadcast and telecom regulator.

Feb 17, 2011 — News Article

Nouveau vice-président du CRTC - Pentefountas devra expliquer sa nomination en comité by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

Le Devoir, February 17: New CRTC Vice Chair Pentefountas will have to explain his nomination at the Commons Heritage Committee, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté.

Feb 16, 2011 — News Article

Harper is governing by sledgehammer by Dan Gardner

Columnist says Stephen Harper does not deserve the credit he receives for being a competent manager as his government is poorly run and incoherent.

Feb 15, 2011 — News Article

Rural Canadians deserve access to the new digital frontier, too by Ron Styles

President of SaskTel says that rather than concentrating our focus and efforts on ensuring universal access to broadband for all Canadians across the country, we have suddenly shifted our concerns to a small minority of heavy Internet users, residing primarily in large urban areas.

Feb 15, 2011 — News Article

Tory senator's social network finds its way into federal posts by Jennifer Ditchburn

Members of the House of Commons heritage committee are set to vote on a motion to call Tom Pentefountas, recently appointed vice-chair of the CRTC, to ask questions about his credentials and the appointment process.

Feb 15, 2011 — News Article

Federal policy first casualty of election politics by James Travers

Columnist says that from potash to Internet billing and beyond, Conservatives are setting the country’s policy course by their own political stars.

Feb 14, 2011 — News Article

Le CRTC rappelle le VP sortant by Hugo de Grandpré

The CRTC engages its former Vice Chairman of Broadcating, sent packing by the Harper government, to brief the newly appointed Vice Chairman of Broadcasting.

Feb 14, 2011 — News Article

Former CRTC boss Bertrand won’t stay mum on Internet decision by Jennifer Ditchburn

Former chairwoman Francoise Bertrand says that repeatedly questioning the decisions of the CRTC will only sow confusion in the telecom and broadcasting industries and potentially hamper investment.

Feb 12, 2011 — News Article

From the Open Internet to the Evolution of UBB, 1998-2011: the Rise and Fall of the Canadian Internet? by Dwayne Winseck

Columnist presents a chronology of CRTC decisions that has led to the current status regarding Usage Based Billing.

Feb 12, 2011 — Blog Post

CBC Television proposal to cut over-the-air service to Moncton and Saint John

A CBC TV proposal before the CRTC will see a majority of New Brunswick residents cut off from access to over-the-air television.

Feb 11, 2011 — News Article

Critics of CRTC missing point by Devin Dubois

Columnist says that consumers must understand that neither the CRTC, nor the incumbents can be blamed for the potential rising cost of providing unlimited broadband service to Canadians.

Feb 10, 2011 — News Article

CRTC accused of nepotism by Laurin Liu

FRIENDS says the current government has seen fit to exercise its legal right to give the CRTC direction and overturn its decisions on a frequency that is unprecedented.

Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-14

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS comments on proposed regulation changes for "false or misleading" news coverage.

Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952: Group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.

Feb 9, 2011 — News Article

Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism by Patricia Bailey Share

Opposition parties are accusing the government of political cronyism after it appointed two former members of the conservative Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) party to key positions at both the CRTC and the CBC in less than a week.

Feb 9, 2011 — News Article

CRTC - Troublantes coïncidences by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon

Le Devoir, February 9: CRTC – Troubling coincidences, by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC seeks internet billing feedback

Canada's internet regulator has launched a review of decisions that would have eliminated unlimited internet plans and drastically lowered downloading limits for customers of small internet service providers.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Shaw backs away from usage-based Internet billing by Gillian Shaw

Shaw Communications has announced it is suspending its plan to charge customers for going over their Internet usage limits.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Tories deny plans to control CRTC by Mark Kennedy

Opposition parties say Tom Pentefountas, the recently appointed CRTC vice-chairman, lacks the necessary credentials for the job and is only there because of his political connection to the Conservative government.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Cell decision could change foreign ownership laws by Vito Pilieci

Iain Grant, principal at Toronto based telecommunication researcher the Seaboard Group, says forcing Globalive out now would result in mass inconvenience for its customers and a likely lawsuit against the federal government.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Harper under fire for appointment by Mark Kennedy

Columnist says the Harper government is under fire for trying to take control of the CRTC by making a partisan appointment to the senior ranks of the regulatory agency.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC Internet decision gouges users by David Buffett

Columnist says consumers are getting gouged and have little choice in the matter because Canada has little competition in the Internet service market.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Question Period discussion on Government Appointments

New Democratic Party MPs ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage about recent appointments to the board of the CBC and the position of vice-chair at the CRTC, claiming the only qualification of those appointed is being friends of the government.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Médias: l'influence conservatrice s'accroît by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté & Hélène Buzzetti

Columnists see the appointment of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC as an attempt by the Conservative government to influence the media universe it its favour.

Feb 7, 2011 — News Article

BCE defends CTV deal to CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon

BCE Inc. chief executive defended the telecom giant's bid for the CTV television network on the grounds that its biggest competitors already operate under the same model.

Feb 7, 2011 — News Article

CRTC plan to lift ban on false news prompts political investigation by Gloria Galloway

A CRTC proposal that could make it easier to broadcast false or misleading news has prompted confusion and criticism among opposition MPs and consternation in at least one of the unions that represents Canadian journalists.

Feb 5, 2011 — News Article

Les conservateurs confient un poste-clé du CRTC à un allié by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

Le Devoir, February 5: The Conservatives place an ally in a key CRTC post, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

Feb 4, 2011 — News Article

Toothless CRTC an easy Tory target by Nicolas Van Praet

Former vice-chairman of the CRTC says the federal system has disintegrated into a "Wild West atmosphere in which the most politically expedient path lies over the bodies of public servants trying to do their jobs."

Feb 4, 2011 — News Article

Text: Federal court ruling on Globalive

Federal Court decision overturning the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.

Feb 4, 2011 — News Article

Court scraps cabinet ruling on Globalive, dealing blow to new entrant by Iain Marlow

Columnist says the federal court’s move to overturn a cabinet decision that allowed Globalive to operate in Canada throws a new obstacle at the largest of the new independent cell phone companies, just as it was beginning to build a critical mass of subscribers.

Feb 4, 2011 — News Article

ACTRA, CEP, Friends: Federal Court rules government unlawfully licensed Globalive

In their press release, CEP, ACTRA and FRIENDS say The Federal Court has effectively restored the foreign ownership restrictions of Canada’s Telecommunications Act by quashing the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.

Feb 3, 2011 — News Article

CRTC decision strikes a blow to innovation

Editorial says the CRTC,  "blew it" by allowing major Internet service providers to cap usage and charge consumers and businesses significantly more for exceeding those stringent limits.

Feb 3, 2011 — News Article

Ottawa threatens to kill CRTC ruling on Internet fees by Mark Kennedy

Columnist says the government will overrule a decision by the CRTC that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages, unless the regulator backs down first.

Feb 1, 2011 — News Article

Media merger debate ignores key issue by Michael Geist

Columnist says the implications a merger between BCE Inc. and CTVglobemedia Inc. are enormous, yet competition concerns will take a back seat to the "benefits package" BCE must pay to the Canadian cultural community.

Feb 1, 2011 — News Article

Caps worry Internet users by Gillian Shaw

Canada's Industry Minister responds to growing political and consumer backlash concerning the CRTC's decision that effectively put an end to unlimited Internet plans in Canada.

Jan 28, 2011 — News Article

Usage-based Internet billing: A concept whose time has come by Harvey Enchin

Columnist says limited bandwidth makes unlimited Internet service simply unsustainable.

Jan 28, 2011 — News Article

The CRTC are the good guys. Really! by Vito Pilieci

Columnist says the recent outcry over Usage Based Billing tells legislators just how much Canadians care about Internet charges.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

Share content: CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon

The CRTC has ordered Quebecor Media Inc. to abolish a pact between its broadcast network, Groupe TVA Inc., and cable division Videotron that gives the latter exclusive access to on-demand programming.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

CRTC's internet billing decision appealed

The federal government is being formally asked to overturn a CRTC decision that will force smaller internet service providers to charge similar usage-based fees as Bell, Rogers and Shaw.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

Quebecor Told to Stop Offering VOD Content Exclusively to Subscribers by Etan Vlessing

Canada’s broadcast regulator has told Montreal-based Quebecor to end an arrangement that gave cable operator Videotron Ltd. exclusive access to content from over-the-air network TVA Group, both of which are owned by the Quebec media player.

Jan 26, 2011 — News Article

CRTC voices continued support for consumer telecom watchdog agency by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC has voiced continued support for Canada's telecommunications consumer watchdog agency, which tries to resolve cellphone, Internet and telephone complaints.

Jan 25, 2011 — News Article

Undivided attention by Jim Taylor

Columnist talks about positive experiences with callers from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society, highlighting the importance of focusing on people, not simply tasks, problems or theories.

Jan 21, 2011 — News Article

Over-the-air to digital TV transition in New Brunswick

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.

Jan 20, 2011 — News Article

Extra billing for internet use a 'ripoff': NDP

The NDP says the CRTC's decision to allow internet service providers to charge their customers for downloading excessive amounts of data threatens "free and open access to the internet in Canada".

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

PRESS RELEASE: Cultural Groups Urge Federal Court to Consider Canadian Culture in Globalive Case

A coalition of leading cultural organizations is asking the Federal Court to consider the impact on Canadian culture in its judicial review of the federal government's decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

Canadian Unions Urge Court to Block Feds on Foreign Ownership Decision by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the government's decision concerning Globalive raises fundamental questions about the relationship between foreign ownership and Canadian cultural sovereignty.

Jan 18, 2011 — News Article

CRTC takes a pass on honesty in broadcasting by Matt Gurney

Editorial says the CRTC doesn’t seem to understand that media is already a highly competitive industry, and if one organization deliberately broadcasts something that’s untrue, it will quickly get raked over the coals by its competition.

Jan 18, 2011 — News Article

Canadian Content Rules Come into Effect

In a radio interview for the program 'Today in Canadian History' FRIENDS spokesperson discusses the rationale and impact of Canadian content rules.

Jan 16, 2011 — News Article

CRTC may ease ban on broadcasting false or misleading news by Joan Bryden

Columnist says the CRTC is proposing a regulatory change that would give Canadian TV and radio stations more leeway to broadcast false or misleading news by narrowing the scope of the current prohibition.

Jan 12, 2011 — News Article

CRTC Proposes to Change Standard for Broadcasting False or Misleading News

Columnist says new CRTC proposal would make it perfectly permissible for a broadcaster to air false or misleading news, provided that it not endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.

Jan 12, 2011 — News Article

Rogers Gives Conditional Support to BCE Acquisition of CTV but Says No Again to Value For Signal (VFS) /Fee-for-Cariage (FFC)

Rogers Vice Chairman says that while CTV and Global argued that value for signal was required in order to support the economic viability of their operations, with both broadcasters being acquired by large distributors, the rationale for this fee is no longer evident.

Jan 11, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: BN CRTC 2010-926: Application 2010-1506-6 Change of Effective Control of CTVgm’s Broadcasting Entities to BCE

FRIENDS supports the proposed change of effective control of CTVglobemedia's broadcasting assets to BCE, subject that the CRTC require BCE to revise the content of its public benefits proposal.

Jan 10, 2011 — News Article

CRTC reality show is a disaster by Richard Nielson

Columnist says that as a result of CRTC decisions, Canadians now find themselves with a divided and compromised regulatory agency and that private broadcasters are forced to pursue a financial model dependent on the importation U.S. productions.