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Let’s Talk TV Day 1

Monday, September 8th, 2014
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) today kicked off its two-week long “Let’s Talk TV” public hearing. The hearing is the culmination of one of the most comprehensive public consultations about how well the Canadian television system, which the CRTC oversees, is serving Canadians.

TODAY!!!! Flash! Conference about TV on January 20 at uOttawa

Monday, January 20th, 2014
TODAY in OTTAWA – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), in conjunction with The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and OpenMedia.ca, will be hosting a Flash! conference on January 20, in Ottawa, to talk about the future of television in Canada.

Part 1 Application Regarding Videotron’s Illico.tv Service

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
The Consumers’ Association of Canada (“CAC”), the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (“COSCO”), and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (“PIAC”, collectively with CAC and COSCO (“CAC-COSCO-PIAC”) hereby make an application to the Commission under Part 1 of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure to direct Quebecor Media Inc., Videotron Ltd., and Videotron G.P. (collectively the “Respondent”) to stop certain billing practices in respect of access by Videotron’s mobile wireless customers to over-the-top (“OTT”) mobile TV services.

Part 1 Application Regarding Roger’s Anyplace TV Service

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
The Consumers’ Association of Canada (“CAC”), the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (“COSCO”), and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (“PIAC”, collectively with CAC and COSCO (“CAC-COSCO-PIAC”) hereby make an application to the Commission under Part 1 of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure to direct Rogers Communications Partnership (the “Respondent”) to stop certain billing practices in respect of access by Rogers’ mobile wireless customers to over-the-top (“OTT”) mobile TV services.

PIAC Encourages Conversation with Canadians About Television

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) today encouraged all Canadian consumers to send their input on television services – including their satisfaction with cable, satellite and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) retail packages – to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

CRTC Decision Ensures Affordable Basic Television Services for Canadians

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) today welcomed the decision of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to protect consumer interests in their review of mandatory distribution of programming for cable and satellite services. In announcing the renewal, and approval of new television programming broadcasters for mandatory distribution to Canadians through cable and satellite television services, the CRTC recognized the importance of consumer interests in making television services accessible and affordable for Canadians while encouraging competition and uniqueness of programming in the Canadian market.

Media Release, Consumers Disappointed with CRTC Approval of BCE Acquisition of Astral

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) today expressed deep concern with the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to approve subject to conditions the acquisition of Astral Media inc. by Bell Canada Enterprises.

Media Advisory, PIAC will be available to comment on tomorrow’s CRTC Bell-Astral decision

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
At 4:00 PM EST June 27 the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will release its decision on Bell Canada’s proposed $3.4 billion takeover of Astral Media. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) counsel Janet Lo will be at the lockup analyzing the decision and available for comment on-site at 4:00 PM.

Bell-Astral 2 Hearing – Day 5

Friday, May 10th, 2013
The CRTC hearing on the Bell-Astral merger closed today with a final reply presentation from BCE and Astral. Bell rejected other BDU allegations of anti-competitive behaviour, underlining that there was no evidence to support them.

Bell-Astral 2 Hearing – Day 4

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Media Access Canada, representing the Access 2020 Group of Stakeholders, kicked off the last day of intervener presentations before the CRTC on the proposed Bell-Astral merger. The group criticized Bell and Astral’s limited commitments to Canadians with disabilities, and requested that $6.3 million of the tangible benefits be moved to the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund to be dedicated to closed captioning and described video.
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