CRTC: ‘mobile TV to stay unregulated’

13 Apr 2006

Television programming broadcasted to cellular phones and other wireless handheld devices is exempt from federal regulation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said in a public notice released yesterday. The regulator said it will continue to monitor the situation but believes that in order to ‘promote innovation in delivering television to Canadians,’ mobile TV services provided by Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and Telus Mobility, which are delivered or accessed via the internet, should not be regulated. ‘We don’t yet see the need to change the rules for [mobile] services delivered on the internet,’ said CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen. He added that the Commission believes that mobile TV content delivered via emerging non-internet technology should also be regulation-free but it is asking for Canadians’ input on the issue. The deadline for interested parties to submit comments is 12 May.