• New CRTC Report Calls for Internet Taxation & Regulation in Canada

    A new report from the CRTC is seemingly at odds with the net neutrality rules just enshrined in law. Previous research on promoting Canadian old and new media content recommended an export-oriented strategy, but that seems to have changed. As Micheal Geist reports:

    The CRTC has reversed that approach with a regulation-first strategy that envisions new fees attached to virtually anything related to the Internet: Internet service providers, Internet video services, and Internet audio services (wherever located) to name a few. The CRTC’s report now goes to the government, but this has the feeling of theatre with a review of telecom and broadcast legislation set to get underway with a panel that will undoubtedly include several proponents of an Internet regulation strategy.
    When it comes to the idea of an Internet tax I myself don't think it's unreasonable for Netflix and Spotify to collect HST. Where it gets problematic is with this country's two largest Internet providers (Bell and Rogers), who also happen to be deeply invested in the creation of Canadian content. They would both collect and benefit from an Internet tax, which seems to me like a conflict of interest.

    As for regulation I strongly disagree that there is even a "Canadian content emergency" at all; it's never been easier to find Canadian content via Spotify, Netflix and, for that matter, podcasts and YouTube as well. And any deficiency in CanCon on movie screens or broadcast TV has more to do with the creative brain drain to the Hollywood than any lack of protectionism in this country for those legacy industries.

    I'm posting about this here because it would potentially affect all Canadians, on mobile or otherwise. More news as it develops...

    Source: CRTC via Michael Geist

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