CRTC to examine broadcasting in the new media environment



    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a
proceeding to gain a better understanding of broadcasting in the new media
environment. The proceeding will include a public hearing starting on
February 17, 2009, in Gatineau, Que.
    In 1999, the Commission exempted from regulation services that distribute
broadcasting content over the Internet. In 2007, it also exempted broadcasting
services that are received through cellphones and other mobile devices. Today,
high-speed Internet access has been adopted by most Canadians, new
technologies and applications are offering high-quality broadcasting content,
and Canadians are spending more time accessing this type of content over the
Internet and mobile devices.
    With this proceeding, the Commission wishes to further examine the role
of broadcasting in the current new media environment, and what role this
environment can be expected to play in the Canadian broadcasting system in the
future.
    The Commission initiated a public consultation in May 2008 to narrow the
range of issues that could be considered. Further to this consultation, the
CRTC now invites comments on specific questions related to:

    
    - the definition of broadcasting in new media
    - the significance of broadcasting in new media and its impact on the
      traditional broadcasting system
    - incentives or regulatory measures for the creation and promotion of
      Canadian broadcasting content in new media
    - access to broadcasting content in new media
    - other broadcasting or public policy objectives, and
    - the appropriateness of the Commission's exemption orders for new media
      and mobile broadcasting services.
    

    Interested parties may submit their comments by December 5, 2008. They
may do so by filling out the online form, by writing to the Secretary General,
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by fax, at 819-994-0218.

    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-11
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/whatsnew.htm

    The CRTC

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

    Reference documents:
    News release, "CRTC makes public two documents on new media,"
    September 9, 2008
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/NEWS/RELEASES/2008/r080909.htm
    News release, "CRTC launches consultation on broadcasting in new media
    for future hearing," May 15, 2008
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/NEWS/RELEASES/2008/r080515.htm
    Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-44
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Notices/2008/pb2008-44.htm
    Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-13
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Notices/2007/pb2007-13.htm
    Public Notice CRTC 1999-197
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/eng/Notices/1999/PB99-197.htm




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: MediaRelations
(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-CRTC (2782), TDD -
Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782); On-line services
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); These
documents are available in alternative format upon request.


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