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British Columbia has a modern communications infrastructure comprised of facilities for providing telephone, broadcasting, cable, Internet, and other telecommunications and information services. The broadcasting, cable and telecommunications industries in B.C. are under federal jurisdiction and are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Broadcasting
In broadcasting, the CRTC ensures that all Canadians have access to a wide variety of high-quality Canadian programming as well as access to employment opportunities in the broadcasting system. Programming in the Canadian broadcasting system should reflect Canadian creativity and talent, our bilingual nature, our multicultural diversity and the special place of aboriginal peoples in our society.

Telecommunications
In telecommunications, the CRTC ensures that Canadians receive reliable telephone and other telecommunications services, at affordable prices. But the CRTC’s role in telecommunications is evolving. In many telecom markets, several consumer choices are available. This natural competition results in better prices and packages for consumers. In these cases, CRTC allows competition, not regulations, to drive the market. The CRTC regulates only where the market doesn’t meet the objectives of the Telecommunications Act.

Activities
The CRTC supervises and regulates over 2000 broadcasters, including TV, AM and FM radio and the companies that bring these services to you. We also regulate telecommunications carriers including major telephone companies.

The CRTC initiates regular meetings with our international counterparts in 25 other countries to discuss new technologies and new market arrangements. The CRTC’s experience with both broadcasting and telecom puts us in the unique position of being able to help other regulators in the international community.

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