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CRTC Releases New Regulatory Frameworks


Lawyer Michael Koch, Monique McAlister, Peter Ruby
Area Communications


In a major decision released on October 30, 2008 (the “Decision”), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “CRTC” or “Commission”) announced its revised regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings (“BDUs”) and discretionary programming services.  The Commission also announced some significant changes to the regulatory framework for over-the-air (“OTA”) television broadcasters.  The key elements of the Commission’s Decision are summarized below.

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