Archive for June, 2008

CRTC wants to tax and regulate the web

2008/06/01

This not another “internet tax” hoax. It’s another real internet tax attempt. Even worse is the concept of the CRTC regulating the web and/or internet in Canada. First, read the CRTC’s Public Notice and weep. The deadline for filing comments is July 11.

First let’s remember that the CRTC is really the Commission for Repression and Thought Control. They’ve had their way with cable and satellite TV for years, turning it into a CanCon wasteland. That drove people to grey-market satellites. Grey-market satellites were outlawed, and people turned to the internet. Now the CRTC wants to go after the internet.

Actually, they’ve wanted to go after the internet for years and years. Even a dozen years ago, the chair of the CRTC was saying that Canadians were were watching too much foreign web, and by golly, we’re gonna do something about it. They’ve tried to sneak in and control the internet a couple of times already. The public backlash has been intense. But just like “The Terminator”, they keep coming back.

II. ARE INCENTIVES OR REGULATORY MEASURES REQUIRED FOR THE CREATION AND PROMOTION OF CANADIAN NEW MEDIA BROADCASTING CONTENT?

  • Are new or enhanced support mechanisms required for the development and production of Canadian new media broadcasting content? If so, in what form?
  • Are new measures needed to ensure that all elements of the new media broadcasting environment contribute to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming?
  • Is there a need for measures to enhance the promotion and visibility of Canadian new media broadcasting?

IV. WHAT OTHER BROADCASTING POLICY OBJECTIVES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE PROCEEDING?

The Act outlines several policy objectives encompassing various cultural, economic, social and technological issues. What other issues and relevant questions regarding new media broadcasting and the achievement of the broadcasting policy objectives of the Act should be explored in the new media

“contribute to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming” is beaureaucratic gobbledegook for yet another tax. This would most likely be on ISPs, which would mean higher monthly fees for you and me.