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Time to rethink Bill C-10, step back, and answer: is the internet a public or private good?

By Mateo Larrazabal and Valere Gaspard       

Answering this question is an essential first step in tackling the modernization of the Broadcasting Act so policymakers can more easily come up with creative and practical solutions that fit within the chosen framework.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault introduced the controversial BIll C-10 in November 2020 to modernize the Broadcasting Act. While there is a broad consensus among politicians that regulations desperately need to be modernized, there is little agreement on the status of the internet as a public or a private space, write Mateo Larrazabal and Valere Gaspard. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When the Broadcasting Act was adopted in 1991, most Canadians were not on the internet. Since then, they have moved away from traditional media and flocked online to enjoy content such as television, movies, and music.  

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