Companies and organizations have filed their proposed codes to the CRTC for a framework to govern a vertically integrated broadcasting industry. During a hearing last month on vertical integration, the commission called on companies and organizations to propose draft codes to govern carriage and distribution agreements in an industry where large broadcast distribution companies also own broadcasting services. The draft codes are available online in the final reply comments of companies and organizations that participated in the proceeding. The CRTC posted the final comments on its website this week. Most of the proposed codes repeat suggestions made during the hearings, such as rules for dispute resolutions, packaging practices, the prohibition of “head starts” for distributors' exclusively owned broadcasting services, or a blanket requirement to make content available to distributors on a “non-exclusive and non-preferential basis.” Major distributors, including BCE Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Quebecor Media Inc., have submitted proposed codes. As a group, Cogeco Cable Inc., Eastlink, MTS Allstream, SaskTel, Telus Corp., and members of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance, have submitted a single code. The Independent Broadcast Group, a coalition of independent broadcasters, has also proposed a code, among other organizations and companies. Based on the submissions, the CRTC is expected to release its own code in the fall.