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PIAC to Boycott CRTC “Internet Code” Proceeding

OTTAWA – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) today announced it will not participate in the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s “Internet Code” proceeding.  PIAC reacted in part to the CRTC’s denial of its request for more time to develop a public interest position and consult the public and to the “draft code” proffered by the CRTC in its Notice of Consultation.  Several other public interest and consumer groups had supported PIAC’s call for more time to consider a more robust Internet Code.

“The CRTC has issued a ‘straw man’ Internet Code to comment on but it’s terrible for consumers,” said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC. “That railroading, along with the refusal to extend the deadlines, means that they have closed their minds. In that case, the only option is protest, so we will boycott this proceeding.”

For more information, please contact:

John Lawford

Executive Director and General Counsel

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

1204 – 1 Nicholas Street

Ottawa, Ontario  K1N 7B7

CANADA

Tel: 613-562-4002 x25

Cell: 613-447-8125

Fax:  613-562-0007

lawford@piac.ca  |  http://www.piac.ca

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