Association Welcomes Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Report

QUISPAMSIS (NB), January 29th, 2020 -Today, the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) welcomed the release of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review report.  The report was drafted by a panel of experts who examined issues such as telecommunications and content creation in the digital age, net neutrality and cultural diversity, and how to strengthen the future of Canadian media and Canadian content creation.

“We thank the Panel for its extensive work and thoughtful recommendations.  While we are still reviewing the lengthy and comprehensive report, we are pleased that the Panel has recognized the need to continue and bolster support for extending broadband service to Canadians in rural parts of the country,” stated Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA.  “CCSA members are committed to providing their customers, wherever they live, with high quality, affordable broadband services and a number of the Panel’s recommendations, such as giving the CRTC increased powers  to address the increasingly prohibitive costs of access to support structures, will certainly help in that regard.”

“We are also pleased that the Panel has made recommendations which would confirm and expand the CRTC’s powers to curtail anti-competitive behaviour by larger companies which, unchecked, could undermine the ability of smaller, independent providers to offer their customers choice and affordability in both telecommunications and broadcasting services,” concluded Thomson.

 

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ABOUT THE CCSA

The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 110 Independent companies providing internet, TV & telephone services across Canada. Those companies serve hundreds of thousands of customers in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. They include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. They connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who otherwise might not have access to these critical communications services.  For more information, visit http://ccsaonline.ca.

 

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Miller

Manager, Government Relations                                                                                                                      

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Phone:  (506) 849-1334 ext. 205                               
Email:  smiller@ccsaonline.ca