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CRTC Extends Exemption of New Media Broadcasters


Lawyer Michael Koch, Monique McAlister, Peter Ruby
Area Communications


Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-329: Review of broadcasting in new media (the Decision). Unlike traditional television and radio broadcasting services, broadcasting services that are delivered and accessed over the Internet or received by mobile devices (new media broadcasters) had been exempted by the CRTC from licensing and other regulatory requirements of the Broadcasting Act. The CRTC had conducted a proceeding to examine, among other things, whether these exemption orders warranted revision or elimination.

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