The call for reform of the CRTC is getting louder as the main lobby group for cable operators laid out its proposals for changing the regulator. The Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) introduced its package at a February 19 appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, which is conducting a review of the broadcasting system.
Though unconfirmed by the company, several sources have indicated that metropolitan area network (MAN) provider Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. filed for receivership last week. The company, known for its STAR sewer fibre-laying technology, did not return telephone calls or emails at press time to either confirm or deny the information, and Network Letter was unable to reach a live body from the company on the phone.
On Feb. 7, Motion Picture Association of America chair/CEO Jack Valenti addressed the Canadian Film and Television Production Association annual conference. Friendly, funny and warm, his speech was well-received by the audience, but many are viewing his remarks in the light of both copyright reform within Canada and broader World Trade Organization talks coming up. Following is an excerpt from his speech:
A groundbreaking academic-private sector public interest web site is hoping to win Canadian Heritage funding support for its non-commercial portal, set to be re-launched this spring after a massive overhaul. The new byDesign-eLab will be unveiled in Toronto at the end of April.