CRTC Considers Internet Regs
May 16, 2008 at 5:48 AM (PT)
The CRTC is reconsidering its hands-off approach to new media, announcing that it will hold a public hearing early in 2009 on possibly regulating new media and the Internet or making them subject to some of the same rules as broadcasting. The agency's announcement included four questions to be considered for inclusion in the hearing:
- What is broadcasting in new media?
- Should the creation and promotion of Canadian broadcasting content for the new media environment be supported? If so, how?
- Are there any barriers to accessing Canadian broadcasting content in the new media environment?
- What other issues should be considered?
Comments are due by JULY 11th.
"The Commission has a responsibility to ensure that the broadcasting system is in a position to achieve the objectives of the Broadcasting Act, today as well as in the future," said Chairman KONRAD VON FINCKELSTEIN. "New digital technologies and platforms are creating opportunities for the broadcast of professionally-produced Canadian content that simply didn't exist a few years ago. Our intention is not to regulate new media, but rather to gain a better understanding of this environment and, if necessary, to propose measures that would support the continued achievement of the Broadcasting Act's objectives."