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Door closed on Internet retransmission by CRTC as Aliant makes experimental bid

News | 01/23/2003 5:00 am EST

Aliant Telecom Inc. has filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for an experimental licence to continue its Internet retransmission service TV-on-my-PC, Canadian NEW MEDIA has learned (CNM Special Update, Jan. 20/03). The filing was made early this month, according to Bell Canada chief regulatory officer Sheridan Scott, and details will be confidential until the application is gazetted by the commission. Scott will say, however, that Aliant’s reported ability to control the geographic distribution of the service seems to put the application onside with the CRTC’s January 17 decision not to re-open the New Media Exemption Order to deal with Internet retransmission (Broadcasting Public Notice 2003-2; CNM Special Update, Jan. 17/03).

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