CCR Update

Government spending on culture on the rise
The three levels of government combined spent almost $5.9 billion on culture in the fiscal year 1999/2000, the second consecutive increase, according to data released this week by Statistics Canada. The increase in the two years follows eight years of decline, when spending is adjusted for inflation. Spending on culture includes everything from libraries to nature parks and broadcasting. The film and video industry was the major beneficiary of federal grants, accounting for about one-half the increase between 1993-94 and 1999-2000. The film and video industry’s share of the grant budget was 37 per cent in 1999-2000 compared to 32 per cent in 1993-94. More details.

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RoW Special Edition Update

Federal Cabinet rules against broadcasters in fight on contribution regime

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Cabinet rejects broadcasters’ appeal on contribution regime

The federal government has rejected an appeal by broadcasting interests of the CRTC’s contribution regime, a move that will result in broadcasters indirectly paying millions of dollars to subsidize the cost of providing telephone service to rural and remote areas of Canada.

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RoW Editorial

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.
 

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RoW People

Teleglobe president Charles Childers has resigned. The company has appointed John Brunette CEO as the company undertakes a massive restructuring. Previously, he was the company’s executive VP and chief administrative officer. Two weeks ago the company filed for bankruptcy protection. Teleglobe has also appointed former executive VP of voice Serge Fortin to the COO post. He will be pegged to lead the core voice and related data business operations.

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RoW Short Takes

Rogers Wireless launches wireless modem service
Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. has introduced the Portage Plus service, which enables certain GSM/GPRS devices to operate as modems for laptops or PDAs. The service is specifically designed for certain phones that are equipped with software that turns the cell phone into a modem. Subscribers can send and receive data at speeds comparable to that of a 56K modem. The cost of Portage Plus is $129.99. Data access plans range from 5Mb of data for $30/month to 80Mb for $145/month. Overage fees vary according to rate plan. Rogers is marketing an introductory offer of unlimited data usage for $50/month for the first six months. In other Rogers news, Purolator Courier Ltd. has selected the company to provide a customized end-to-end wireless data system enabling the quick and reliable access to shipping information.

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Cabinet decision on contribution appeal imminent, say wireless leaders

The federal Cabinet has until the end of this week to make a decision on an appeal of the CRTC’s contribution regime, initiated by several broadcasting interests last summer. The petition to the Governor in Council was launched last August by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Canadian Satellite Users’ Association, and Star Choice Television Network Inc., supporting the exemption of Telesat Canada’s broadcasting revenue from the current contribution regime (RoW, Oct. 15/01).

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