Canadian Television Industry / Channels and Providers
If you are interested in learning more about the broadcasting industry, the broadcasting distribution industry or the telecommunications industry in Canada then you need to better understand the CRTC.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an agency of the federal government which regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications system.
In addition to regulating over 2000 broadcasters, including TV, AM and FM radio, the CRTC also regulates telecommunications carriers including major telephone companies.
This role involves:
- issuing, renewing and amending broadcasting licences
- making decisions on mergers, acquisitions and changes of ownership in broadcasting
- approving tariffs and certain agreements for the telecommunications industry
- issuing licences for international telecommunications services, whose networks allow telephone users to make and receive calls outside Canadian borders
- encouraging competition in telecommunications markets
- responding to requests for information and concerns about broadcasting and telecommunications issues
The CRTC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. It is not uncommon for CRTC policies to be overruled by the politicians of the day therefore its regulatory ruling is often contentious and subject to capricious decisions. The fact that so many decisions are subject to the political realities of the day means a tremendous amount of discussion is generated in Digital Home’s Canadian Television Industry / Channels and Providers forum and our many cable and satellite television forums.
In addition to discussing the the CRTC, Digital Home’s Canadian Television Industry / Channels and Providers forum is also the place to discuss the introduction and demise of television stations in this country.
For readers searching for a new television provider, it’s an excellent to find comparisons of various cable, IPTV and satellite TV providers in Canada.