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CRTC sets tight timetable to process hundreds of digital television applications

News | 06/08/2000 4:00 am EDT

Digital TV applicants will have little time to convince the CRTC of the merits of their applications when Canada's largest broadcasting hearing begins August 14. The commission is struggling with the regulatory logistics of creating a 500-channel universe within the span of only a few months, and for most applicants, that will mean the first-ever paper proceeding for broadcast licensing. And depending on the outcome, the process could become established practice for licensing future new digital television channels.

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