The CRTC is seeking industry and public comments on a trio of proposed changes to broadcasting regulations that stem from the commission’s vertical integration decision. In the latest round of consultations following the decision, which took place in September, the commission is proposing changes to the exemption order for new media broadcasters, including amendments to address issues of content exclusivity and anti-competitive head starts. The commission is also seeking comments as it prepares to amend the exemption order for small broadcast distributors serving less than 20,000 subscribers, with a particular eye to regulations concerning the distribution of new programming services in the absence of a commercial agreement, or to existing services after a commercial agreement expires. Proposed changes also seek to incorporate a definition of “obscene material” into the exemption order. In a third call for comments, the CRTC confirmed its intentions to amend the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations, the Pay Television Regulations, the Specialty Services Regulations and the Television Broadcasting Regulations. Those changes would establish evidentiary burden for cases of undue preference or disadvantage; would prohibit broadcasters from using tied selling techniques with regards to programming services; would provide mandatory dispute mediation; and would call for the mandatory distribution of independent Category B services by distributors who carry related services, the commission said. The proposed changes to these regulations also seek to address similar issues to those under review in the small broadcasters’ exemption order. The deadline for comments on all three issues is Jan. 23, 2012.