ISPs escape broadcasting regulations

10 Feb 2012

In a final ruling, Canada’s Supreme Court has decided that internet service providers (ISPs) are not bound by the country’s broadcast regulations, the Globe & Mail reports. The judge’s ruling said that ISPs ‘merely provide the mode of transmission [of content]… they take no part in the selection, origination, or packaging of content.’ If the court had decided that ISPs could be classified as broadcasters, they could have been subject to the same levies as video service distributors including cable and satellite TV operators.