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The CRTC TalkTV Hearing: The Gap Between Can’t and Won’t

In August 1999, I wrote my first technology law column for the Globe and Mail. The column was titled The Gap Between Can’t and Won’t and it focused on the CRTC’s new media decision that was released earlier that year. The decision was the first major exploration into the applicability of conventional CRTC regulation to the Internet, with the Commission ruling that it had the statutory power to regulate some activities (such as streaming video), but it chose not to do so.

That column came to mind yesterday as I read through some of the CRTC’s TalkTV transcripts and listened to Jesse Brown’s Canadaland podcast on the prospect of a “Netflix tax.” It seems to me that both the discussions before the CRTC (particularly the CBC’s decision to urge the Commission to establish a fee-for-carriage model and a Netflix tax) and the Brown podcast with Steve Faguy fail to distinguish between the gap between can’t and won’t.

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September 16, 2014 5 comments News

McGrath on the CRTC Decisions

Denis McGrath posts an insightful analysis of this week's CRTC broadcast policy decisions, accounting for a broad range of perspectives.

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March 24, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Wagman on the Fee-For-Carriage Fight

"What this is really about is a profound lack of imagination by all involved."

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November 3, 2009 3 comments Must Reads

CBC on Fee-For-Carriage

CBC's The National covered the fee-for-carriage issue last night, including a shout-out to greater consumer choice.

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November 3, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Consumer Choice The Key To Solving Fee-For-Carriage Fight

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 2, 2009 as Consumer Choice Key To Ending This Fight For the past two months, Canadians have been subjected to a non-stop marketing campaign pitting two deep-pocketed industries – broadcasters and broadcast distributors – against each other.  Television and radio commercials, full-page newspaper […]

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