- A statement of the economic, social and cultural objectives of the communications system.
- A structure for the optimum regulation of the transport of bits, whether by wireline or wireless, and whether the content is voice or data. This would be the heart of the Act. The goal has to be a competitive, flexible system that encourages innovation.
- A clear delineation of the broad policy choices that are to be left to the government, and the powers to be assigned to an independent regulator.
- Specific provisions on timelines and on regulatory powers, such as AMPs [Administrative Monetary Penalties], mandatory adoption of codes, and the explicit power to impose arbitration.
- A coherent scheme for the support of Canadian content, be it by way of exemption, exception or subsidiesâ€”or a combination of all three.
- The obligations, responsibilities and governance of the public broadcaster, defining its special role in reflecting Canada’s unique culture and values. This could be set out in a separate part of the Actâ€”or, as I would recommend, in a separate statute.
He concluded by stating that Canada needs modern, forward-looking legislation and that the industry needs to step up to the plate to lobby for change.