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OpenMedia.ca/CIPPIC's Comments for CRTC 2013-106 (Bell's reattempted acquisition of Astral Media)

OpenMedia.ca/CIPPIC's Comments for CRTC 2013-106 (Bell's reattempted acquisition of Astral Media)

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As a starting point, we note that the current proposal has been modified greatly from its predecessor in an attempt to alleviate concerns set out in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012- 574, as well as to reflect obligations imposed in Commissioner of Competition v. BCE Inc., CT- 2013-002.1 We have carefully reviewed these changes, and in spite of the improvements they offer over previous proposals, we remain of the view that this merger is not in the public interest, and its impact on the broadcasting system as a whole will be detrimental.
As a starting point, we note that the current proposal has been modified greatly from its predecessor in an attempt to alleviate concerns set out in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012- 574, as well as to reflect obligations imposed in Commissioner of Competition v. BCE Inc., CT- 2013-002.1 We have carefully reviewed these changes, and in spite of the improvements they offer over previous proposals, we remain of the view that this merger is not in the public interest, and its impact on the broadcasting system as a whole will be detrimental.

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 Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest ClinicUniversity of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section57 Louis Pasteur StreetOttawa|ON|K1N 6N5cippic@uottawa.ca www.cippic.ca 
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-106Astral Broadcasting Undertakings – Change of EffectiveControl
Re-Proposed Merger of Bell Canada Enterprises &Astral Media Inc.
Intervention of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy &Public Interest clinic (CIPPIC) & OpenMedia.ca
April 5, 2013
 
Tamir Israel, Staff Lawyer, CIPPIC
 
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 1
 
I.
 
GENERAL REGULATORY CONCERNS: UNIFORMLY INTEGRATED, CONVERGEDCOMMUNICATIONS BEHEMOTHS 3
 
(
A
)
 
V
ERTICALLY
I
NTEGRATED
3
 
(
B
)
 
B
EHEMOTH
5
 
(
C
)
 
M
ARKET
U
NIFORMITY
6
 
(
D
)
 
C
ONVERGED
C
OMMUNICATIONS
C
ONTEXT
8
 
II.
 
CANADA’S BROADCASTING SYSTEM POST BELL/ASTRAL: THE STRAW THATBREAKS THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK 10
 
(
A
)
 
B
ELL
/A
STRAL
:
 
S
TILL MORE CONCENTRATED THAN IT SEEMS
10
 
(
B
)
 
L
UCRATIVE
I
NPUTS
:
 
S
PECIALTY
C
HANNELS
12
 
(
C
)
 
H
OLES AND
I
NADEQUACIES IN THE
C
URRENT
R
EGULATORY
F
RAMEWORKS
17
 
III.
 
SPECIFIC PROBLEMS 19
 
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A
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ROADCASTING
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PECIFIC
C
ONCERNS
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ONTENT THAT
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EST
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C
ROSS
-C
HANNEL
P
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ACKAGING
/P
ENETRATION
R
ATES
22B
UNDLING
22
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B
)
 
C
ROSS
P
LATFORM
P
ROBLEMS
22
 M
ULTI
-
PLATFORMS
,
 
O
NE
P
ROVIDER TO
R
ULE THEM
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LL
22F
IBE
TV 25TV
 
N
OWHERE
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M
OBILE
TV 30
IV.
 
BENEFITS PACKAGE 33
 

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