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CAB presses CRTC to look into plans to bring TV channels to cell phones

News | 06/10/2005 4:00 am EDT

With shades of the acrimonious debate over Internet retransmission, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) has written to the CRTC to voice its opposition to using the 1999 New Media Exemption Order to bypass broadcasting regulations as they might affect the delivery of TV content to mobile devices. This spring, both Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility announced plans to make content from MobiTV available to their subscribers. Neither has a license specifically for the service, but at least Rogers is counting on the provisions of the exemption order to protect it from regulation by the commission. In a quiet note to the regulator, the CAB takes exception to Rogers’ interpretation of the law.

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