CRTC Decisions

The CRTC seeks input from Canadians as it undertakes an online
consultation on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for
the value of local television signalsOTTAWA-GATINEAU, November 30, 2009 —The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today opened an online consultation
to receive the comments of Canadians on the future of television. This
consultation is part of the public hearing that will begin on December 7,
2009, in Gatineau, Que. The government has requested that the CRTC submit
a report following the public hearing.
The Canadian broadcasting system is evolving quickly, and some regulatory
changes may prove necessary. The Commission is looking at various options,
including the possibility of negotiations between local stations and cable
and satellite companies to determine the value of signals, and the
transition of television signals from analog to digital. With this online
consultation, the CRTC is seeking the views of consumers and the industry
on the impact such developments could have on:
    * the availability of local television services, including local news,
information and public affairs programming
    * the ability to choose different types of channels and packages
    * the affordability of cable and satellite television services
    * the industry as it adapts to the new digital communications
environment, and
    * the industry’s current or future business plans.
The CRTC has already received numerous comments since the public hearing
was announced. These were submitted by fax, e-mail or through the online
form. With the online consultation, the CRTC is offering consumers a new
way to express their opinions. The CRTC will take all comments received
into account when preparing its report.
The online consultation will conclude on December 21, 2009, at midnight
(EST). You may participate by visiting the following Web address:
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Reference documents:
News release, “The CRTC seeks consumer input on television services,”
October 2, 2009
News release, “CRTC to seek views on a compensation regime for the value
of local television services,” September 17, 2009
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-614

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