Update on “The 35”

On October 5 2011, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (the CRTC) published the Results of the fact-finding exercise on the over-the-top programming services.

The CRTC has decided not to intervene in this matter, stating in their release:

“…the evidence does not demonstrate that the presence of OTT providers in Canada and greater consumption of OTT content is having a negative impact on the ability of the system to achieve the policy objectives of the Broadcasting Act or that there are structural impediments to a competitive response by licensed undertakings to the activities of OTT providers.”

As a result, the CRTC will not recommend that any new taxes or levies be implemented, and will maintain their current “hands-off” approach over the Internet in Canada.

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