The CRTC will release the results of its fact-finding consultation for over-the-top services ‘next month,’ commission chairman Konrad Von Finckenstein told the Wire Report on Wednesday. When asked by The Wire Report if the commission was likely to release the results of its over-the-top services consultation soon, von Finckenstein replied: “We will release the report next month.” The CRTC launched a fact-finding exercise on May 25, 2011, in which companies BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Google Inc., and Netflix Inc. filed submissions, as did various cultural groups. Under Canada’s broadcasting regulatory framework, online content sites benefit from the commission’s new media exemption order, which permits new media undertakings to operate without having to hold a Canadian broadcasting licence, and without upholding the same Canadian content requirements forced on traditional broadcasters. The exemption order also allows unlicensed, foreign-owned players such as Netflix to offer unregulated content online, while the Broadcasting Act requires licensed traditional broadcasters to be Canadian-owned. Recommendations in submissions from companies and various groups called for Canadian content regulations to be scrapped altogether, while others called for over-the-top services to be forced to contribute to the Canadian system in the same manner as other broadcasters.