#CyberFLASH: CRTC, Can Con policy are overdue for an overhaul

crtc_logoOttawa – A new paper from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is laying out a blueprint for how to turn the CRTC, the regulator of broadcasting and telecommunications, from a counterproductive drag on progress to a leading influence in making Canada a digital innovator.

The CRTC was created to manage the “orderly development” of Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in the “public interest”. But it still remains largely the same as when it was created in 1968 – the year Justin Trudeau’s father was elected prime minister.

“The explosion of new technologies, market structures, and consumer expectations has disrupted this quaint vision for the CRTC”, say the report’s authors, MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer and Len Katz, a telecommunications consultant and former Vice- Chairman-Telecommunications at the CRTC .

“Its capacity to manage the “orderly development” of Canada’s communications sectors has been undermined by market dynamism and technology enabled disorder”.

The paper, written by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer and telecommunications consultant and former Vice- Chairman-Telecommunications at the CRTC Len Katz, points out that we now have more than 28 million wireless subscribers and 93 percent of Canadians are covered by the highest network access speed. Two-thirds of Canadian adults now own a smartphone and roughly half own a tablet. The average Canadian spends roughly 45 hours per month accessing the Internet – the highest usage rate in the world – and rising.

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