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Proposed law would help consumer groups participate in broadcast hearings

News | 06/22/2000 4:00 am EDT

Consumer groups are promising to intervene more in broadcast proceedings if the federal government passes a new bill that would help subsidize their regulatory battles. Groups such as the Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Montreal-based Action Réseau Consommateur (ARC) passed an important milestone earlier this month when Liberal senator Sheila Finestone introduced a private member's bill to amend the Broadcasting Act, to bring it in line with the Telecommunications Act when it comes to awarding costs to public interest groups.

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