CRTC Should Be Phased Out: Bernier
CBJ — Federal Conservative party leader candidate Maxime Bernier drew a considerable amount of attention during his address to the Canadian Telecom Summit, being held at the Congress Centre in Toronto when he called for the phase-out of the Canadian broadcast regulator’s role as telecom watchdog as part of his plan to deregulate the industry.
Bernier was quite frank in his comments, saying the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has stifled competition with some of its decisions. He attacked the CRTC for its ruling that the major Internet service providers must sell space on their high-speed infrastructure to smaller rivals at wholesale prices, and for wasting time and money by holding consultations on whether broadband Internet is an essential service that may require new regulation.
The conclusion Bernier has come to is that the CRTC’s role as telecom regulator has come and gone and should be phased out.
In its place, Bernier is proposing that the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development take over its remaining essential functions, such as social regulation, while the Competition Bureau could tackle any competition issues.