CRTC Offers 'Three-Year Plan' Outlining Regulatory Priorities
September 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM (PT)
The CRTC has unveiled a three-year plan for 2012-15, offering a glimpse on what it considers its priorities for the period.
“In the coming years, we will focus our efforts around three key pillars: create, connect and protect,” said Chairman JEAN-PIERRE BLAIS. “The activities identified under each of these pillars will serve to foster a world-class communication system for Canadians as citizens, creators and consumers.”
"Create," according to the agency, includes access for the public to "compelling creative content from diverse sources and on a variety of platforms." The Commission will conduct policy reviews to that end, including a targeted review of the commercial radio policy for French- and English-language markets.
"Connect" involves both reasonably-priced communications access and access to creative content. And “Protect” involves cracking down on spam and shoring up the public alert and 911 systems.
“It can sometimes be a challenge for Canadian consumers to make informed decisions in a competitive marketplace,” said BLAOS. “We will continually review our regulatory framework to make sure it empowers consumers by giving them the tools they need. We will also ensure that the regulatory framework remains aligned with the evolving communication industry.”