CRTC Won't Regulate Net ... For Now
June 8, 2009 at 5:17 AM (PT)
The CRTC will keep its hands off Internet content for now, deciding to continue to exempt new media broadcasting services from its regulation.
"While broadcasting in new media is growing in importance, we do not believe that regulatory intervention is necessary at this time," said Chairman KONRAD VON FINCKENSTEIN. "We found that the Internet and mobile services are acting in a complementary fashion to the traditional broadcasting system. Any intervention on our part would only get in the way of innovation."
Any intervention on our part would only get in the way of innovation.
The agency also said that it "was not presented with convincing evidence that would suggest additional support, as proposed, was needed for the creation and presentation of Canadian broadcasting content in new media," and said that it will review the issue within the next five years while expecting to propose a reporting requirement for new media broadcasting services to gather information. The CRTC will go to court to find out whether the Broadcasting Act should apply to ISPs when they provide access to broadcasting content.
VON FINCKENSTEIN, endorsing the NATIONAL FILM BOARD's call for a national digital strategy, said, "CANADA needs a comprehensive national strategy to secure its digital future. Such a strategy is essential if we want to maintain a competitive advantage in this global environment."