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Cable hails Industry committee recommendations, but questions arise about weight of the report

News | 05/08/2003 4:00 am EDT

The cable industry is giving a thumbs up to a Parliamentary committee report released late last month, but questions remain as to just how much weight it will have in the lead-up to a Liberal Party of Canada leadership campaign. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released on April 28 its report Opening Canadian Communications to the World, which calls for the complete removal of existing foreign ownership restrictions for telephone companies. The cable industry is particularly pleased with one of four recommendations that calls for the government to “ensure that any changes made to the Canadian ownership and control requirements applicable to telecommunications common carriers be applied equally to broadcasting distribution undertakings.”

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