The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has been making the news a lot in the last several days. They have demanded access to the private information of Canadians who use services such as Netflix and Google’s YouTube. The CRTC is looking to regulate these services as well as impose “Canadian content” requirements on their content.
Google has stepped up and basically said screw you to the CRTC, so far. Which is good news.
They already have had a stranglehold on radio for a long time. Their imposed regulations say that of all music played by any commercial radio station in Canada, 35% of that must be Canadian content. This explains the ongoing success of Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Hedley, Simple Plan and Theory of a Deadman.
If the CRTC decides to regulate online content such as Netflix and YouTube I think it will be a major blow to those content providers. The consumer rules and will watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it. It is up to the CRTC to provide this content to Canadians, otherwise they will find other ways to consume it.