Canada’s digital economy is in need of a “holistic review” and a “comprehensive” national strategy, notes the CRTC's report this week on Canada's communications environment and regulatory framework. The CRTC expects competition policy and copyright policy to play an increasingly important role in Canada’s economy, the report says. “The trends identified point to issues in relation to matters of taxation, copyright, privacy, spectrum management and convergence of broadcasting and telecommunications industries, among others.” The report, titled “Navigating Convergence: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications,” was released Tuesday. The CRTC is calling for government, private enterprise and civil society to consider the development of a national digital strategy. Amongst the issues to be addressed in a national strategy, the CRTC singles out clarifying the role of ISPs in delivering content, fighting copyright infringement, updating spectrum policy, the availability of digital infrastructure, and strengthening and promoting Canadian content. “There is a growing need for a national digital strategy that addresses digital communications across a wide gamut of activities; broadcasting and telecommunications regulations, copyright law, digitization efforts, arts and culture funding, an appropriate tax regime that addresses research and development needs, and more, as required,” the report says. The Wire Report reported last month that the government is working on a "holisitic" and "comprehensive" national digital strategy that could be announced in the federal government's March budget.