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Broadcasting Policy for a World of Abundance

My regular technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) focuses on the recent firestorm sparked by the broadcasting reform report commissioned by the CRTC and written by Laurence Dunbar and Christian Leblanc.  The Canadian Association of Broadcasters characterized the report's recommendations as an assault on the foundation of Canadian broadcasting. In this instance, the broadcasters are correct. The report is indeed an assault on the regulatory foundation of Canadian broadcasting – one that is long overdue.

Canadian broadcast regulation was designed for a world of scarcity where broadcast spectrum and consumer choice was limited.  This led to a highly regulated environment that used various policy levers to shelter Canadian broadcasters from external competition, limited new entrants, and imposed a long list of content requirements and advertising restrictions.  As a result, a dizzying array of regulations kept the entry of new broadcast competitors to a minimum, enshrined genre protection so that Canadians were treated to domestic versions of popular channels such as HBO and ESPN, and firmly supported simultaneous substitution, a policy that allows Canadian broadcasters to simulcast U.S. programming but substitute their own advertising.

Yet today's broadcasting environment is no longer one of scarcity, but rather one of near limitless abundance as satellite, digital channels, and the Internet now provide instant access to an unprecedented array of original content.  

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September 25, 2007 1 comment Columns

Canadian Broadcasting Policy For a World of Abundance

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 24, 2007 as Broadcasters Must Adapt to New Media Reality Soon after taking over as chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Konrad von Finckenstein commissioned Laurence Dunbar and Christian Leblanc, two leading broadcasting lawyers, to conduct a comprehensive review of Canada's […]

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September 24, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Dunbar/Leblanc Report on Broadcasting Policy Released

The CRTC has released a major report on Canadian broadcasting reform.  The 337 page report recommends re-examining substitution rules, discusses the link between broadcast and copyright, and provides some solid recommendations on new media including "the solutions to this issue [new media] lie not in imposing new regulatory restrictions on […]

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September 13, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads