OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released a
three-year plan that outlines the activities it expects to carry out
from 2012 to 2015.
"In the coming years, we will focus our efforts around three key
pillars: create, connect and protect," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman
of the CRTC. "The activities identified under each of these pillars
will serve to foster a world-class communication system for Canadians
as citizens, creators and consumers."
The activities under the "create" pillar ensure that Canadians have
access to compelling creative content from diverse sources and on a
variety of platforms. Between 2012 and 2015, the CRTC will conduct a
series of policy reviews, including a targeted review of the commercial
radio policy for French- and English-language markets. It will also
initiate a public proceeding to renew the licences of independent
The activities under the "connect" pillar ensure that Canadians can
connect to quality and innovative communication services at affordable
prices and have access to creative content. Among the activities
planned for the next three years, the CRTC will review issues related
to the accessibility of telecommunication services and the wholesale
services large companies must provide to their competitors.
Finally, the activities under the "protect" pillar enhance the interests
of Canadians by promoting compliance. During the next three years, the
CRTC will continue to enforce the telemarketing rules and begin to
enforce Canada's anti-spam legislation once it comes into force. In
addition, the CRTC will promote the safety of Canadians by monitoring
the deployment of the public alert system and reviewing the regulatory
framework for next-generation 911 services.
"It can sometimes be a challenge for Canadian consumers to make informed
decisions in a competitive marketplace," Mr. Blais added. "We will
continually review our regulatory framework to make sure it empowers
consumers by giving them the tools they need. We will also ensure that
the regulatory framework remains aligned with the evolving
Three-Year Plan 2012-2015
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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