TV giants are the CRTC’s real target by Michael Geist

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Technology, Special to the Star,
Published on Fri Mar 20 2015
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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission this week announced much-anticipated plans to require cable and satellite companies to offer consumers basic television packages for an affordable $25 per month, alongside the option of picking the television channels they want without requiring them to purchase expensive bundles.

Despite some hand wringing that the changes will lead to reduced revenues for broadcasters, it is readily apparent that the CRTC is committed to reducing or eliminating outdated regulations in the hope of fostering a more competitive broadcast environment. Consumer choice for television channels, greater flexibility for broadcaster programming, adjustments to Canadian content requirements, and the enforcement of net neutrality rules all fall within the same broader strategy of exercising its regulatory muscle to enable a level playing field and encourage the development of globally competitive content.

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