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High-profile CRTC hearings underway to determine new broadcasting rules

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's hearings into the prospect of regulating the Internet in Canada got underway February 17. The hearings will examine the viability of a controversial proposal to tax Internet service providers in order to support and promote original Canadian-made online content. This spring, the CRTC will also examine the similarly contentious issue of 50/50 funding for Canadian/US content, in which assorted content creators and actors' groups are calling for equal spending on the part of broadcasters for both foreign and Canadian programming.
February 18, 2009

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s hearings into the prospect of regulating the Internet in Canada got underway February 17. The hearings will examine the viability of a controversial proposal to tax Internet service providers in order to support and promote original Canadian-made online content. This spring, the CRTC will also examine the similarly contentious issue of 50/50 funding for Canadian/US content, in which assorted content creators and actors’ groups are calling for equal spending on the part of broadcasters for both foreign and Canadian programming.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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