CRTC MAKES PRELIMINARY FINDING AGAINST QUEBEC

Sep 02, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The C-R-T-C has issued a preliminary finding against a new Quebec law – that forces Internet companies to block user access to online gambling websites that aren’t authorized by the province.

The broadcast agency says federal law states that the C-R-T-C is the only body that can order Internet sites to be blocked – and, even then, only under exceptional circumstances.

Quebec has two weeks to respond in writing to the preliminary decision – which came after the Public Interest Advocacy Centre filed an application – asking the C-R-T-C to state its position regarding the new law.

Canada’s wireless telecom lobby has challenged Quebec’s legislation in court – calling it unconstitutional and a violation of federal law.

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