Ian Scott, chairperson and head honcho of the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC), has responded to a welcome letter penned by Melanie Joly and Navdeep Bains — Canada’s heritage minister and innovation minister, respectively.
In his October 24th, 2017 letter, Scott thanked Joly and Bains for their warm welcomes, as well for their acknowledgement of the CRTC as an “arm’s length institution” and “administrative tribunal.”
Scott’s letter didn’t offer any new details regarding his particular opinions on Canada’s telecom industry — nor did it shed any new details regarding the position the CRTC might take on reviews to the Broadcasting Act or the Telecommunications Act.
Additionally, Scott’s letter also didn’t directly address Joly’s work on bolstering Canada’s creative industry by striking a $500 million CAD deal with U.S. streaming giant Netflix.
Instead, Scott’s letter is a formal — and public — piece of professional correspondence that suggests a willingness to work with the federal government in order to benefit Canadians.
For instance, Scott reaffirmed his position on providing Canadians with “fast, affordable and reliable internet access wherever they work and live,” echoing his sentiments from his September 7th, 2017 introduction.
Further, Scott also acknowledged the importance of providing and creating Canadian content, while also acknowledging that “English and French broadcasters operate under different conditions.”
“They should have a greater variety of innovative applications and services, which they should be able to access on the network and devices of their choice,” said Scott.
Scott also addressed Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, stating that “Canadians want the Commission to combat unwanted commercial electronic messages and unsolicited telemarketing calls.”
Once again, while Scott’s letter didn’t offer any new details, it’s evidence at the very least that Canada’s federal government and the administrative bodies that fall under its purview are willing to work with one another and are committed to similar ideals.
If nothing else, it’s nice seeing politicians and elected officials getting along with each other.
“Thank you again for your words of welcome,” concluded Scott. “Together with my fellow commissioners, and all those who work at the CRTC, I look forward to taking up the challenge of ensuring that all Canadians have access to a world-class communications system, which will contribute to their success in a digital economy.