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Fee for carriage doesn’t have to mean money, but failing to negotiate could means loss of US networks

News | 07/08/2009 12:37 am EDT

BDUs across Canada will have to pony up $102 million over the next year towards local programming, but whether or not they pay a monetary “fee” for carriage of broadcast signals will be decided by the parties involved, not the regulator, says CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein. However, the commission is waving a stick at BDUs to negotiate in good faith, warning they could lose access to the major US networks if they fail to reach an agreement.

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