May 31, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Online giants like Netflix and Spotify should be forced to pay to create local content… before Canadians see losses of jobs, services and content.
That’s from a new report by The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission – which adds that the federal government should consider regulating any online video or music service – no matter where they are located.
The CRTC says a system like that would generate new revenue – to save products such as local news – and reduce the pressures on federal coffers that would be financially unsustainable under the current model – which wasn’t designed for the digital age.
The CRTC also says says deregulation, or applying the existing regulatory system to online services – wouldn’t help navigate the digital disruption affecting broadcasting and production industries.
The Liberals asked the CRTC for the report – as it prepares to review federal laws overseeing television, radio and online services.