CRTC makes public Dunbar/Leblanc report



    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today made public a
report prepared by Laurence Dunbar and Christian Leblanc on its broadcasting
policies and regulations.
    In April 2007, the CRTC commissioned two prominent communications lawyers
experienced in regulatory matters, Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Leblanc, to prepare an
objective and independent report. The authors were asked to examine the
relevance of each broadcasting policy and regulation, and to make independent
recommendations that would further the objective of more efficient regulation.
    The Commission will consider the report as part of the review of its
policies for specialty and pay services, and for broadcasting distribution
such as cable and satellite services. This review will take place in January
2008. The report may also cause the Commission to take a second look at
certain aspects of its radio and over-the-air television policies.
    The Commission thanks Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Leblanc for their valuable
contribution to its review process.

    About the authors

    Mr. Dunbar is a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and co-chair of its
communications law practice group. He advises a wide range of Canadian and
foreign carriers, public utilities, telecommunications service providers and
investors in the landline, wireless, cable television, satellite and Internet
markets.
    Mr. Leblanc is a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. A specialist in
media and communication law, he regularly intervenes on behalf of large media
enterprises in issues relating to freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
Mr. Leblanc also represents clients seeking to protect and assert their
intellectual property and state-of-the-art technology rights.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference documents:

    Review of the Regulatory Framework for Broadcasting Services in Canada
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/dunbarleblanc.htm
    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10-1
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/whatsnew.htm
    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/eng/hearings/2007/n2007-10.htm




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/CRTCSubmissionMU/forms/Mediarelations.aspx?lang=e),
(819) 997-9403, Fax: (819) 997-4245; General Inquiries: (819) 997-0313, TDD:
(819) 994-0423, Fax: (819) 994-0218, Toll-free # 1-877-249-2782, TDD -
Toll-free # 1-877-909-2782, On-line services
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); Copies of
today's documents are available through our Internet site
(http://www.crtc.gc.ca) or by contacting the documentation centre of any CRTC
office. These documents are available in alternative format upon request.


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