June 27, 2014 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
The Competition Bureau today provided a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in response to its consultation on Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, which is a formal review of the television system that draws on the issues and priorities identified in previous phases of the consultation.
The Bureau’s submission addresses four areas of broadcasting: consumer choice, availability of information to consumers, vertical integration and genre exclusivity. In summary, the Bureau indicates that:
- it is in favour of allowing consumers to choose the services they want and only pay for the services they select;
- it supports provisions that would ensure that consumers can easily switch between service providers and that all contractual terms are clearly identified to consumers; and
- in terms of vertical integration, it supports the current safeguards that are in place and mentions that these should remain as they ensure competition is maintained between vertically integrated firms and non-vertically integrated firms. In the absence of these safeguards, there is potential for vertically integrated firms to use their market power to engage in anti‑competitive acts or to lessen or prevent competition substantially.
- As part of its mandate, the Bureau participates in a wide range of activities to promote and advocate the benefits of a competitive marketplace, both in Canada and abroad.
- Greater competition generally leads to lower prices for consumers, as well as more consumer choice, a wider range of service options and increased innovation.
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