The CRTC today unveiled a series of developments on the creation of a do-not-call list. The Commission will hold a four-day public hearing on the issue from May 2 to 5, 2006. Those interested in participating must register by March 6, 2006 (those interested in submitting comments without participating can submit something until May 10, 2006). In addition, there are potential opportunities to participate in a consortium that will appoint the do-not-call list administrator as well as on a technical body that will address operational issues.
While Bill C-37, the legislation that created the do-not-call list, was gutted by special interest lobbying, the implementation could still be worse as even more lobbying is expected with further attempts to broaden the exemptions. For that reason, Canadians should be taking the CRTC up on its offer to participate in the hearings or to submit comments.