Cable association latest body to urge dramatic changes to CRTC structure

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.

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Breaking News-Stream Intelligent Networks files for receivership, sources tell Network Letter

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.

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The Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada has appointed Gary Fearnall as president. Fearnall is VP of sales for Bell Globemedia Interactive.

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Valenti to Canada: Protect your content

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:

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byDesign-eLab seeks Heritage support as it unveils new web site this spring

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.

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Moontaxi music subscription service forges ahead with labels’ blessings

Toronto-based Moontaxi Media will shortly be bringing a new music subscription service to Canadians in advance of any formal tariffs. Though under strict confidentiality agreements, co-CEO Alistair Mitchell says the company has had discussions with both the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, and with partners Universal Music and EMI that will allow the company to offer music-on-demand in an interactive fashion.

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Cold North Wind agreement with Globe to kick-start company growth

The venerable The Globe and Mail will soon announce a significant deal to digitize its holdings for online consumption, Canadian NEW MEDIA has learned from a reliable source. The national newspaper will soon join the Toronto Star and New York Post in using the services of Cold North Wind Inc. to put its archives online, though Cold North Wind would not divulge details or confirm or deny the contract.

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Observers read call to copyright reform in Valenti’s Canadian speech February 7

A recent speech by chief Hollywood lobbyist Jack Valenti, aimed at Canadian politicians and trade negotiators, may have contained a veiled call to this country's government to adopt American-style digital copyright legislation, industry observers say. Both Valenti and his Canadian counterpart, however, deny any involvement by Valenti's organization, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in Canada's copyright reform process.

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