Canadian regulator to redraw rules

Commission might scrap service restrictions

TORONTO — Following a decade of rapid change, Canada’s broadcast regulator plans to redraw the rules governing feevee industry in the Great White North.

In a call for public comment issued July 5, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it plans to take a more market-oriented approach to regulation.

“It is time to move away from the current detailed regulation and to take a revitalized approach,” which the CRTC said, would be “relying instead on market forces whenever possible.”

It will consider scrapping its one service per genre restriction, letting in non-Canadian competition, and level the playing field that sees some providers regulated more heavily than others.

The current guidelines for broadcast distribution undertakings were published in 1997. Huge changes have taken place in the interim, including the growth of the Internet, satellite television, digital delivery, services such as VOD, technology like HD and the entry of phone carriers.

The submission deadline is Oct. 9 and the public hearing will begin on Jan. 28.

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