CRTC ASKS FOR AUTHORITY TO REGULATE ONLINE SERVICE PROVIDERS LIKE NETFLIX

The CRTC asks for authority to regulate online service providers like Netflix and Spotify, and fine broadcasters, among other new powers in its written submission to the federal government

The CRTC asks for authority to regulate online service providers like Netflix and Spotify, and fine broadcasters, among other new powers in its written submission to the federal government’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel.

Made public Thursday, the submission makes an appeal for “necessary tools,” arguing that many of the CRTC’s current regulatory mechanisms, particularly with respect to broadcasting, are founded in the ability to allow or not allow a service to operate.

“In the Internet-based communications environment, control over market entry has been greatly reduced. Future legislation should place greater reliance on other more sophisticated systems of incentives and obligations intended to achieve specific outcomes in more precise ways and place less reliance on controlling market entry. Similarly, more precise enforcement tools with respect to the broadcasting sector must also be available, such as administrative monetary penalties, which are available for the telecommunications sector,” the submission reads.

“A hobbled regulatory framework”

Citing what the submission calls “a hobbled regulatory framework,” the CRTC says the current system in which the commission serves as the ultimate gatekeeper as to who can access the Canadian market is outdated.

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