Canadian ISPs avoid “Canadian content” regulations

9 06 2009

The Canadian government has worried for some time about the possibility of having its creative industries squeezed into oblivion by competitive pressure from Hollywood and elsewhere. To support homegrown content, the government offers money to content creators and uses regulation to mandate that certain amounts of Canadian content end up on TV. But what happens when broadcasting moves onto the Internet?

That was the question confronting the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which was facing pressure to set up a levy system on ISPs to help fund Canadian Internet audio and video content. The CRTC today decided not to adopt the levy proposal, though, and also voted not to regulate broadcast content on the Internet (read the complete report).

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