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Google $1B news initiative won’t stop new legislation, gov’t says

Media | 10/01/2020 7:34 pm EDT

An announcement Thursday from Alphabet Inc.'s Google that it would put aside $1 billion to spend on news publishers around the world -- including two in Canada -- has not...

Gov’t to introduce web giant, CanCon, news legislation in fall: Guilbeault

Media | 06/16/2020 3:00 pm EDT

Legislation modernizing Canada’s Broadcasting Act is “pretty much ready” and will be tabled in Parliament in the fall, when the Liberal government also intends to...

Advertising market in ‘modest recovery’: Corus

Media | 05/27/2020 6:34 pm EDT

Canada’s television advertising market has moved to a stage of “modest recovery” after chapters of...

BTLR recs could see U.S. tariff levies under USMCA: Geist

Media | 02/20/2020 11:36 am EST

OTTAWA — Any content levy on internet giants, as the telecom and...

BTLR on telecom: a Q&A with Janet Yale 

Media | 02/14/2020 5:31 pm EST

In a phone interview with Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel chair Janet Yale,...

VMedia blasts ‘regressive’ BTLR recommendation

telecom | 02/05/2020 4:38 pm EST

VMedia Inc. says a recommendation from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review...

Confusion over Guilbeault remarks on BTLR online news recs

Media | 02/03/2020 1:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — On Monday Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, with some help from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, walked back comments he made over the weekend to CTV News regarding licensing of online news, following the recommendations of an expert panel that news websites be...

CanCon producers praise BTLR terms of trade recommendation

Media | 01/31/2020 5:01 pm EST

OTTAWA — The reintroduction of an agreement governing contracts involving...

BTLR panelist ‘optimistic’ about CBC funding

Media | 01/30/2020 6:12 pm EST

OTTAWA —  Whether or not CBC/Radio-Canada can move away from advertising revenue is a “political...

Gov’t should move on passive infrastructure ‘yesterday’: Yale

telecom | 01/30/2020 5:28 pm EST

OTTAWA — The recommendations on passive infrastructure from the expert...

Guilbeault promises BTLR legislation in ‘months’

Media | 01/30/2020 12:53 pm EST

OTTAWA — Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says his government will introduce legislation to...

BTLR reaction mixed, no clarity on gov’t implementation

Media | 01/29/2020 5:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — A broadcasting and telecommunications legislative review report...

CRTC should regulate foreign digital services, news sites: BTLR

Media | 01/29/2020 12:00 pm EST

The blue-ribbon panel tasked with modernizing Canada’s communications...

‘Clock ticking’ on new content rules for web giants, Guilbeault says

Media | 01/13/2020 2:30 pm EST

The Liberal government's minority mandate means it will have to move fast...

CIPPIC training AI to highlight patterns in regulatory, court docs

Media | 12/10/2019 4:32 pm EST

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is teaming up with an artificial intelligence platform that it hopes will produce insights, which would otherwise be missed, from a...

BTLR chair twice as busy as expected

Media | 12/05/2019 4:18 pm EST

The work of the chairwoman heading the review of the broadcasting and telecom acts turned out to be more time-consuming and complicated than the government initially planned for, according to a memo obtained through Access to Information.  The initial terms and conditions of Janet Yale’s appointment provided compensation for the equivalent of two days a week of work.  That proved to be insufficient, according to the secret memo to then-Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez in June 2019. “The Progression of the panel’s work has required the Chair to dedicate additional time over...

Ordering pirate site blocking would ‘leapfrog’ BTLR: TekSavvy lawyer

Media | 09/13/2019 3:42 pm EDT

OTTAWA — On the second and final day of a potentially precedent-setting court hearing on site-blocking, a Federal Court judge gave the parties until Wednesday to negotiate a revised draft site...

BTLR panel timetable ‘unaffected’ by member exit

Media | 07/17/2019 4:03 pm EDT

Despite being “saddened” by the exit of one of its members, the panel reviewing Canada’s communications laws said it was forging ahead with its final recommendations, due in January 2020. Hank Intven, a lawyer and...

Rodriguez promises CanCon rules for ‘web giants’

Media | 06/26/2019 5:53 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said in a social media post Wednesday that the Liberal government plans...

Few surprises in BTLR ‘what we heard’ report

Media | 06/26/2019 10:30 am EDT

The blue ribbon panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s communications legislation has released its...

Don’t expect recommendations in June BTLR report: Yale

Media | 06/03/2019 4:37 pm EDT

TORONTO — The interim report due at the end of this month from the expert panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s communications laws will only summarize the input the members have received so far, chairwoman Janet Yale said at a telecom industry conference. “The...

Corus asked BTLR to immediately change foreign ownership rules

Media | 05/30/2019 4:19 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc., the only major Canadian broadcaster refusing to...

Calgary recommends national digital strategy addressing 5G deployment

telecom | 04/15/2019 5:06 pm EDT

The City of Calgary says the government should develop a “modernized” national digital strategy that addresses open access infrastructure policies, municipal rights-of-way, smart city urban design...

BTLR commissioned research on passive infrastructure, video games

Media | 04/05/2019 2:06 pm EDT

The panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s communications laws has hired...

CanWISP asks BTLR for help solving disagreements with incumbents

telecom | 03/29/2019 3:19 pm EDT

There should be a mechanism in place to help resolve disputes between small ISPs and incumbents, an organization representing wireless internet service providers told the panel in charge of reviewing...

Small players out-flanked at ‘policy-shaping,’ BCBA tells panel

telecom | 03/14/2019 4:14 pm EDT

The British Columbia Broadband Association (BCBA) says a new legal framework for the telecom sector should simplify regulations and facilitate more regulatory participation by small operators....

Content exporters ask consulting panel for CMF envelope they can access, match

Media | 03/12/2019 7:07 pm EDT

A trade association for Canadian-based television and content distribution...

CWTA tells panel review MVNOs would hurt investment, rural access

telecom | 03/11/2019 2:20 pm EDT

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) took aim at mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in its submission to the ongoing review of Canada’s communications legislation....

Few internet giants weighed in to BTLR, submission list shows

telecom | 03/08/2019 4:13 pm EST

The panel in charge of reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts received...

Accessibility groups ask BTLR for legislative changes, new advisory office

Media | 03/07/2019 4:31 pm EST

Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications legislation should be amended to include a number of references to accessibility for Canadians with disabilities, according to...

Telecom act should equalize prices across Canada: NWT gov’t

telecom | 03/06/2019 5:45 pm EST

The government of Northwest Territories says the Telecommunications Act should aim to ensure telecom services of the same quality and at the same prices are available across the country. In its...

Shaw Rocket Fund wants CBC to broaden children’s programming

Media | 03/01/2019 4:54 pm EST

The Shaw Rocket Fund wants CBC/Radio-Canada to expand its focus on children’s content to reflect a broader age range and is asking for new communications legislation to ensure it has the funding...

Distributors ask for Canadian film exhibition quotas on broadcast, OTT

Media | 03/01/2019 12:11 pm EST

Both over-the-top services and broadcasters should be required to show a certain amount of Canadian feature films, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters is asking the panel...

Online discoverability a challenge for books, magazines, BTLR hears

Media | 02/25/2019 2:31 pm EST

Organizations representing Canadian publishers are flagging the difficulty...

Flaws in rural broadband funding hot topic in telecom law review

telecom | 02/25/2019 12:41 pm EST

Rural broadband funding programs in Canada suffer from “significant” design flaws that have in some cases put investments by small providers on hold, a regional broadband group is warning -- one of a number of submissions to the ongoing review of Canada’s...

Double CBC funding, CMG tells communications review

Media | 02/22/2019 3:59 pm EST

The real value of the funding CBC/Radio-Canada receives has slipped significantly due to inflation, the...

CACTUS asks BTLR for $150M community TV framework

Media | 02/22/2019 12:53 pm EST

A group representing the Canadian community TV sector is asking the panel reviewing the broadcasting and...

Press council warns BTLR of ‘gap’ in complaints process for broadcasters

Media | 02/15/2019 4:16 pm EST

The National NewsMedia Council wrote to the expert panel reviewing...

Lack of clear CRTC industry data is an obstacle: small ISPs

telecom | 02/13/2019 8:47 pm EST

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has filed a complaint with the CRTC flagging a concern that the regulator’s latest data report doesn’t provide a clear picture of the industry, which could make it more...

ITPA pitches ‘sustainability component’ for rural broadband programs

telecom | 02/13/2019 4:38 pm EST

The government should create a “sustainability component” to rural broadband funding projects so they don’t dwindle in quality or eventually fail, according to an association representing...

Language representation at CRTC raised to Yale panel

Media | 02/12/2019 2:37 pm EST

Better representation at the CRTC of official language minority communities is a concern a number of...

Don’t exclude online services from Broadcasting Act: Private radio

Media | 02/04/2019 12:00 pm EST

Canada’s private radio broadcasters are fighting against a push to keep...

Public music should feature Canadian content, Stingray says

Media | 02/01/2019 1:18 pm EST

Music in public establishments such as malls, bars and restaurants should...

Bell’s panel submission calls for CMF to get 20% of foreign OTT revenues

Media | 01/29/2019 3:25 pm EST

BCE Inc. wants to inject the Canada Media Fund (CMF) with a potentially significant influx of cash by forcing foreign over-the-top (OTT) services to fork over 20 per cent of...

Gaming companies bristle after review panel suggests they’re broadcasters

Media | 01/28/2019 4:05 pm EST

A meeting with individuals leading the federal government’s review of...

New Broadcast Act should ‘unambiguously exclude’ OTT: Netflix

Media | 01/25/2019 4:51 pm EST

Netflix Inc. is defending against calls to rope foreign over-the-top...

Might be ‘late’ for regional wireless competitors: Cogeco

Media | 01/23/2019 5:05 pm EST

Cogeco Inc.  is raising caution about the negative impact the government's...

Shaw calls for removal of 5% BDU content contribution

Media | 01/22/2019 6:17 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. is asking the government to drop the five per cent revenue contribution TV service providers make to Canadian content, but says if CanCon needs a subsidy then it should be a direct one from government...

Be ‘wary’ of regulating online speech: Facebook

Media | 01/22/2019 5:57 pm EST

While online misinformation needs to be taken seriously, that doesn’t mean the government should begin regulating speech online, Facebook Inc. is telling the panel leading the government’s review of the broadcasting and telecom acts. It said there are three types of...

Preventing LGBTQ content discrimination raised in BTLR consults

Media | 01/21/2019 4:15 pm EST

The CEO of an independent specialty TV channel is raising concerns that a lack of regulation could let foreign-based digital companies operating in Canada de-monetize or discriminate against types of...

FRPC wants CanCon visibility on search engines

Media | 01/21/2019 12:50 pm EST

As a rule, when Canadians search keywords on the internet, they should be presented with Canadian content...

Groups diverge on handling of net neutrality in comms laws

Media | 01/18/2019 5:25 pm EST

Canada’s current laws implicitly protecting net neutrality are sufficient...

Fast-track OTT review, clock ticking on CMF ‘top-up’: CMPA

Media | 01/18/2019 10:41 am EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) wants the government to...

‘Many’ ISPs could shut down due to wholesale regime: CNOC

telecom | 01/17/2019 4:34 pm EST

Small, wholesale-based internet service providers could be forced out of...

Big telecoms fight calls for an ‘ISP tax’, pitch new OTT rules

telecom | 01/16/2019 5:55 pm EST

Some of Canada’s biggest telecom companies rejected calls to force ISPs...

Platforms could pull out of Canadian market if regulated: Google

Media | 01/16/2019 2:17 pm EST

Alphabet Inc.’s Google already contributes to the Canadian creative...

Utilities, cities clash with telecoms over infrastructure jurisdiction

telecom | 01/15/2019 7:35 pm EST

Electrical utilities and municipalities have arched their backs over...

CBC calls for site-blocking provisions for ‘manipulated content’

Media | 01/11/2019 4:09 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada wants the federal government to grant the CRTC the ability to issue orders requiring ISPs to block websites sharing “manipulated content, including news,”...

CRTC asks Ottawa for single regulator on passive infrastructure

Media | 01/10/2019 6:28 pm EST

The CRTC is formally asking the federal government to make one regulatory...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

Media | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EST

As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

Former CRTC commissioners criticize Harnessing Change report

Media | 11/07/2018 7:15 pm EST

TORONTO —  The idea of cross-subsidization of industries did not find...

Comms law review panel extends comment period

Media | 11/05/2018 1:13 pm EST

The comment period for the government-appointed, blue-ribbon panel that’s reviewing Canada’s communications laws is being extended into next year. It is being lengthened to January 11, 2019, the panel has confirmed to The...

Comms acts review panel urges ‘practical’ submissions

Media | 11/01/2018 7:11 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Members of the panel tasked with providing recommendations to bring Canada’s communications laws into the digital era are urging public submissions be “concrete” and “practical” to hasten the resulting report’s ability to pass government scrutiny.  ...

Yale responds to criticism about review panel consumer reps

Media | 11/01/2018 2:29 pm EDT

OTTAWA – Conservative senators doubled-down on a previously-raised...

Rogers’ network ‘our contribution’ to content ecosystem: VP

Media | 10/31/2018 7:24 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The billions of dollars Rogers Communications Inc. says it’s...

CRTC needs clarity over who can resolve 5G rollout disputes: Scott

Media | 10/30/2018 4:34 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s telecom regulator says clarity on where...

Ensure ISPs don’t have to contribute money to CanCon: CCSA

Media | 10/23/2018 4:33 pm EDT

The Canadian Communications Systems Alliance (CCSA) is asking the Senate...

Combine Heritage and ISED, move spectrum to CRTC: professor

telecom | 10/18/2018 2:16 pm EDT

The government should combine the Heritage and Innovation ministries, and...

OPC asks for more flexibility on info sharing with CRTC

telecom | 10/16/2018 4:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal privacy watchdog asked a Senate committee...

Senators criticize makeup of comms acts review expert panel

Media | 10/04/2018 12:55 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Two senators on the Senate transport and communications...

‘Narrow window’ to make new comms laws with USMCA: Nordicity

Media | 10/02/2018 3:28 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- There is an “urgent need” for Canadian lawmakers to set out a new communications framework now that Canada has hammered out a new trilateral agreement on trade to replace the North...

As CRTC rejects FairPlay, proposal could move to legislative reviews

Media | 10/02/2018 11:20 am EDT

The CRTC has no jurisdiction to implement a system to block websites allegedly engaging in piracy, it said in a highly-anticipated decision Tuesday, cracking open another...

Broadcast, telecom acts review panel kicks off consultation

telecom | 09/25/2018 5:31 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The expert panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s...

Senators asked to champion net neutrality in comms laws review

Media | 09/18/2018 6:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- Lawmakers need to make net neutrality a major priority and...

CMPA to tour country ahead of broadcast, telecom acts review

Media | 07/30/2018 1:40 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has launched a Canada-wide...

Joly out at Heritage as Pablo Rodriguez named new minister

Media | 07/18/2018 5:00 pm EDT

Former chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez is the new heritage minister,...

Broadcast, telecom act review panel plans ‘outreach’ in Sept.

Media | 06/28/2018 5:32 pm EDT

The panel appointed to lead the review of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act has met for the first time this week, and will continue to meet regularly over the summer, the federal government said in a press release Thursday. “As a first priority, the Review Panel identified the development of a consultation plan as well as its approach to meeting its research needs. The Review Panel expects to launch this process of consultation and outreach in September 2018,” it added....

Experts to ‘find solutions’ in broadcast, telecom review: Joly

Media | 06/05/2018 8:10 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The expert panel appointed by the federal government to...

CRTC calls for ISPs to pay for CanCon, ‘equitable’ OTT contributions

Media | 05/31/2018 11:18 am EDT

GATINEAU — The CRTC is recommending the government undertake a bevy of...

Government needs to move quicker, do more on telecom issues: panel

Media | 11/08/2017 6:13 pm EST

TORONTO — The federal government and the CRTC must pick up the pace and...

Creative Canada ‘cultural policy, not tax policy’: Joly

Media | 11/02/2017 9:39 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs continued their criticism of Heritage Minister...

Future reviews to determine much of DigiCanCon strategy: experts

Media | 09/28/2017 11:25 am EDT

OTTAWA — While the response to the long-awaited results of Heritage...

Mixed reaction to budget viewed as long on potential, short on details

Media | 03/23/2017 9:37 pm EDT

For all the focus on the digital economy, there was little in Wednesday’s budget for digital content creators, broadband infrastructure enthusiasts or fans of long-term planning, according to...