Canadian ISPs oppose levy for new media fund – Internetadó Kanadában?
Canadian ISPs have come out against a government proposal to tax internet services in order to fund new media content. The Canandian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission has been holding hearings on new media regulation, and the operators Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications spoke out against the proposed levy on 10 March, the Toronto Star reports. The new tax on ISPs would fund the creation of Canadian broadcasting content for new media platforms such as the internet. Rogers and Shaw have already filed legal opinions with the CRTC that cast doubt on the legality of such a levy. The regulator, however, has also received favourable opinions of the idea, prompting CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein to suggest the dispute would likely be resolved in court. The proposed levy could amount to 3 percent of the gross revenues of ISPs.