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Could telecom be next after new airline foreign ownership rules?

telecom | 11/08/2016 9:58 pm EST

Industry watchers said last week’s announcement by the federal government that it was loosening foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines probably isn’t indicative of a coming shift for other protected industries like telecommunications—but they’re not willing to completely rule it out. In a Thursday press release, the transport ministry said the Liberal government would be “pursuing legislation to change international ownership restrictions from 25 to 49 per cent of voting interests for Canadian air carriers,” as part of a bid to...

Lose focus on CanCon, say think tank authors

Media | 05/25/2016 5:38 pm EDT

Technological changes to the broadcasting and communications landscape require a similar shift in the regulatory environment, according to authors of a pair of new think-tank reports released Wednesday, both of which call for less focus from the CRTC on Canadian content. According to both Steven Globerman, who authored the Fraser Institute report, and Benjamin Dachis and Daniel Schwanen, who wrote the C.D. Howe Institute report, the requirements for conventional broadcast distributors (BDUs) to make financial contributions and meet programming quotas are too restrictive in an environment...

Fraser institute calls for deregulation of broadcasting

Media | 10/07/2014 5:00 pm EDT

The conventional broadcasting sector should be deregulated, a move that should include the elimination of Canadian content rules, preponderance rules and foreign ownership restrictions, Fraser...

Government wireless policy blasted at telecom conference

telecom | 05/01/2014 11:57 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Participants at a conference discussion about the wireless industry on Thursday blasted the federal government for its approach in trying to bring more competition to the sector, and a...