CRTC head promises to regulate internet video under new bill

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CRTC head promises to regulate internet video under new bill
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:Mar 29, 2021 • 3 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
The CRTC could start regulating internet video providers such as Netflix if the federal government approves Bill C-10.
The CRTC could start regulating internet video providers such as Netflix if the federal government approves Bill C-10.
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The CRTC is promising to do something about its longstanding hands-off approach of regulating internet content.

CRTC CEO Ian Scott told the Commons heritage committee it will regulate “all programming” including internet video from such sources as Netflix and Disney Plus under a cabinet bill, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


“The Commission has looked — three times in total dating back 20 years — at whether or not it would be desirable or necessary to regulate content delivered over the internet,” said Scott.

“In the past, the commission has concluded regulating it would not meaningfully contribute to the broadcasting system. Now the world has changed.”

The federal government’s Bill C-10 An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act would treat streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus similar to TV stations, including the requirement they “contribute significantly to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming.”

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However, the bill doesn’t cover internet news publishers, video gaming and homemade content on YouTube.

“The Broadcasting Act is now 30 years old,” testified Scott.

Parliament in 1991 “could not foresee how modern technology would change,” he said.

But Conservative MP Keven Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood), a former sportscaster with CFQC Saskatoon, said the CRTC’s powers should be even stronger.

“I know lots of former broadcasters that are now on Facebook doing an hour show, they’re selling commercials, they’re not licensed and here they are, they’re actually competing against traditional broadcasters,” said Waugh.

“It’s just a free for all on Facebook and other social media.”

Scott said he expected initial regulation of Netflix and others would take two years from the time Bill C-10 is enacted into law.