The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled
that Internet providers are not broadcasters for the purposes of the Broadcasting Act when they simply transmit content to subscribers. The court noted “when providing access to the Internet, which is the only function of ISPs placed in issue by the reference question, they take no part in the selection, origination, or packaging of content. We agree with NoÃ«l J.A. that the term ‘broadcasting undertaking’ does not contemplate an entity with no role to play in contributing to the Broadcasting Act’s policy objectives.” ACTRA vowed
not to give up and continue to find ways to force ISPs to make financial contributions to new media creation.