The CRTC begins a comprehensive review of its own broadcasting regulations Thursday, seeking comment from Canadians about whether – and how – TV services should be regulated in the internet age.
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais will officially launch in Quebec City the CRTC’s ‘Conversation with Canadians,’ which aims to get the country thinking about whether TV services should be regulated on the internet — and whether it is the commission’s role to do that.
The review comes as Canadians begin to turn away from television screens and to the internet — whether on a laptop or smartphone — to watch TV shows and movies. But unlike the traditional broadcast system, the CRTC has no power to regulate the content on the net.
The commission is also looking to broach the topic now to better inform their policies in the coming years, when the CRTC will have to renew several broadcast licenses, including the CBC.
“Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a release Thursday, “is an opportunity for all Canadians to tell us what they think of their television system and how they would like to see it changed.”
The commission is asking people to answer three questions: What do you think about what’s on television; what do you think about how you receive television programming; and whether you have enough information to make informed choices and seek solutions if you’re not satisfied.
People can submit comments online, call the CRTC, fax ideas or write letters with their thoughts by November 22.
The informal conversation is expected to last until the spring of 2014, when the CRTC plans to call for comments on the matter before a formal hearing next September. Depending on the outcome of the hearing – and the content of the suggestions – the CRTC could change its TV regulations.