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Posted by Michael Geist

My weekly technology law column reprises last week's post on the submissions to the CRTC as part of the new media hearing. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission new media hearings are not scheduled to begin until mid-February, yet they have already attracted more than their fair share of controversy. With talk of imposing a tax on Internet service providers to fund Canadian content or the imposition new licensing and Canadian content requirements, the outcome could dramatically reshape the Internet in Canada.
The deadline for formal submissions closed ten days ago, leaving Commission officials to spend the holidays wading through thousands of pages from broadcasters, telecommunications companies, creator groups, and a handful of individual Canadians who took the time to voice their views.
At the heart of the submissions are two competing visions of the Internet and new media in Canada. One side - supported by telecom companies, broadcasters, and several industry groups - maintains that the CRTC's 1999 decision to take a hands-off approach to the Internet has largely worked. They argue that new media and the Internet have flourished and that the Commission should heed the adage that "if ain't broke, don't fix it." Click here to read more of Michael's post.

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