Ian Scott, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
I’m becoming a member of you from the CRTC’s workplaces, that are positioned on conventional unceded Algonquin territory. I would love to thank the Anishnaabeg individuals and pay respect to their Elders.
I’m joined at the moment by Scott Hutton, Chief, Consumer, Research and Communications, and Chris Seidl, Executive Director of Telecommunications.
We welcome this chance to seem firstly of your research of the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications by Rogers Communications. My remarks at the moment will focus on explaining how the CRTC critiques transactions within the communications business.
At this stage, we all know little extra about this potential transaction than the general public. We are ready for the events to file the required regulatory paperwork, so we all know solely what has been reported within the media.
I can, nevertheless, clarify the CRTC’s jurisdiction and the method we sometimes comply with for these kinds of transactions. There are two elements to the proposed transaction: Shaw’s telecom companies together with wi-fi and Internet entry; and its cable and satellite tv for pc tv service and video-on-demand companies.
Under the Telecommunications Act, transactions involving telecommunications companies don’t require the CRTC’s prior approval. We don’t have any position in approving transfers of possession or spectrum – besides to guarantee the corporate stays Canadian owned and managed.
In this case, topic to verification of the regulatory filings, Rogers is a Canadian firm.
I discussed that the CRTC isn’t sometimes concerned in reviewing possession transactions for firms providing telecommunications companies. Our regulatory oversight is on an ongoing foundation to be sure that the companies supplied by these operators obtain the aims set out within the Telecommunications Act, together with the supply of dependable and reasonably priced telecommunications companies in all areas of Canada.
I’m positive Committee members are conscious that we’ve undertaken an in depth overview of the wi-fi market to guarantee our rules allow competitors that gives higher costs for Canadians. Similarly, we’re presently conducting a overview of the wholesale charges rivals pay to entry the networks of the massive cable and phone firms, which they use to provide Internet companies to Canadians.
I believe you have got questions concerning the outcomes of each these proceedings. I belief you’ll perceive that we can’t converse to these points, besides to say that choices are forthcoming.
Regarding the broadcasting belongings on this particular case, the Broadcasting Act and its related rules present that the CRTC approve a switch of possession of those belongings.
Once an entire utility is obtained, we are going to publish a discover of session and search feedback from the general public. We will study the proposed transaction considering our related insurance policies for the sector. This contains insurance policies designed to guarantee a variety of voices within the broadcasting system and that Canadians have entry to native and group tv programming.
In this occasion, we can even think about the affect the transaction might have on CPAC, which gives impartial and nonpartisan protection of Canada’s democratic processes.
As with all our proceedings, we are going to render choices within the public curiosity based mostly on the proof on the document of that continuing.
The transaction can also be topic to regulatory approvals from the (*8*) Bureau beneath the (*8*) Act and from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry beneath the Radiocommunications Act.
Although I can’t converse concerning the issues presently earlier than the Commission, we shall be happy to reply your questions.