Archive for April, 2012
Should Canadians Have to Pay For TV Channels They Don’t Want?
Yet Canadian cable and satellite providers remain a stubborn holdout. The broadcast community has long resisted a market-oriented approach that would allow consumers to exercise real choice in their cable and satellite packages, instead demanding a corporate welfare regulatory framework that guarantees big profits and mediocre programming. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that could have changed had the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission pushed back against Bell Media in a major case involving the terms of broadcast distribution, but a ruling late last week indicated that it remains reluctant to do so.
Should Canadians have to pay for TV channels they don’t want?
Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 8, 2012 as Should Canadians have to pay for TV channels they don’t want? Consumers have become accustomed to lots of choice for entertainment and information services. Music and movie services offer single downloads and a range of subscription models, while newspapers and […]
Government Cuts Funding For Community Access Program
The government has quietly notified Community Access Programs across the country that it is cutting funding for the longstanding program that provides Internet access to the public. Statistics Canada’s 2010 Canadian Internet Use Study found that 54% of low income Canadians still do not have Internet access at home. Industry […]
Government to Review Target’s Entry to Canada on Cultural Grounds
In what feels like an April Fool’s joke but isn’t, the Canadian government will conduct a review of Target’s entry into Canada on the grounds that it sells cultural products such as books. I wrote about the need to drop restrictions on bookseller restrictions in 2010 when Amazon created its […]