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Sep 16, 2014 — News Article

Future of TV Hearing Turns into the Netflix Show by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if over the top services such as Netflix threaten Canadian content and whether it matters.

Sep 15, 2014 — News Article

Disney warns regulations could threaten its place in Canadian television by Claire Brownell

Vice-president Susan Fox warns The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t want to pull out of Canadian television, but it will have to re-evaluate the business case for staying if regulations become too burdensome.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in The Hill Times

At the start of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page ad in The Hill Times.

Sep 6, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in Le Devoir

In advance of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page, french language ad in Le Devoir.

Sep 5, 2014 — Opinion Poll

What Canadians Think About TV

A national random telephone survey conducted for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in collaboration with ACTRA and Unifor by Nanos Research on Canadians views about television.

Jul 14, 2014 — News Article

Why Now Is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment by Michael Geist

When Canada's broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC by Christina Peden

Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.

Jan 27, 2014 — News Article

Prospects Dim for Telecom Shakeup in Canada

Columnist says the Conservative government has been ambivalent and conflicted in its position on foreign ownership of Canadian telecom operators.

Jan 23, 2014 — News Article

Opening telecom market to foreign investment could make Canada a ‘branch plant,’ Edward Rogers warns by Christine Dobby

The deputy chairman and executive vice-president of emerging business and corporate development at Rogers Communications Inc. warns that opening up the telecommunications market fully to foreign ownership could leave Canada as nothing more than a “branch plant” when it comes to investment in innovation and rural coverage.

Jan 10, 2014 — News Article

INTERVIEW-Canada not actively looking at lifting foreign limits on telcos by Thomson Reuters

James Moore says the Canadian government is not actively considering relaxing foreign ownership limits on the telecoms and broadcast sectors, even though he has said he is open to the idea.

Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post

What a year!

Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed. 

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

Canada’s elastic policy on foreign publishers by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

Canada’s elastic policy on foreign publishers by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

CRTC approves Bell/Astral deal with conditions by Michael Lewis

Columnist says that while analysts applauded the decision, saying it allows Bell an avenue for expansion in a country where opportunities are limited, consumer groups said it will mean less choice for Canadians and higher prices.

Jun 4, 2013 — News Article

Study: Global Media Industry Poised to Top $2 Trillion in 2016 by Paul Bond

PricewaterhouseCoopers says services like Netflix and Hulu will help keep the U.S. as the biggest entertainment market in the world for the foreseeable future.

May 18, 2013 — News Article

How Ottawa's plan to foster wireless competition sank by Rita Trichur, Sean Silcoff and Boyd Erman

Columnists say that the Telus-Mobilicity takeover announcement is a powerful signal that the current government’s wireless strategy is on life support.

Mar 6, 2013 — News Article

Canadian Producers, Broadcasters Clash Over Foreign Distribution Revenue by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says private networks want a share of the profits from sales of homegrown series like “Flashpoint” and “Rookie Blue” to the U.S. networks.

Apr 18, 2012 — News Article

Canada Telecom Rule Changes Threaten National Security by Hugo Miller and Andrew Mayeda

Public Safety Canada warns that Canada’s plan to allow foreign companies such as VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) to increase their stakes in the country’s telecommunications providers poses a “considerable risk” to national security.