The CRTC is holding hearings this week on the data-pricing of Internet providers.
In remote areas in Canada, the cost of providing Internet service that meets the CTRC’s basic service objectives exceeds the price customers pay.
Ruling could mean an additional $250 million for the Canadian broadcasting industry.
The CRTCs recent reprimand of three Toronto-based X-rated channels for failing to meet the required 35 per cent threshold for Canadian content became fodder for Internet humor; however, Canadian content regulations are no laughing matter for cultural nationalists. Indeed, one of the oldest shibboleths of Canadian public policy is that domestic cultural industries need regulatory protections and taxpayer financial support to promote and sustain the Canadian identity.