For the better part of two decades, Canadian cultural groups have been pressing Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator, the CRTC, to regulate and tax the Internet. The CRTC and successive governments consistently rejected the Internet regulation drumbeat, citing obvious differences with broadcast, competing public policy objectives such as affordable access, and the benefits of competition. That changed last year when the CRTC released Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada, in which it dramatically reversed its approach. Peter Menzies, a former CRTC commissioner and Vice-Chair of Telecommunications, joins this week’s LawBytes podcast to help sort through Cancon funding, Internet regulation, and the CRTC.

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Episode Notes:

Regulate Everything: The CRTC Goes All In On Internet Taxation and Regulation
Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada


CBC News, Tax on Netflix and Spotify proposed by CRTC
CBC Catherine Tait at Prime Time, @sdbcraig
CBC News, Ottawa’s fight with Netflix reignites age-old debate — what is Cancon and who should pay?
Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, October 30, 2018
Canadian Heritage, Minister Joly – Creative Canada Speech / Ministre Joly – Discours Canada créatif
House of Commons, December 12, 2017

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