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It’s time to create a digital society for Canada

Creating a digital society will be key in the competitiveness of nations in the upcoming years. It is important to note here that the wording 'digital society' is broader than 'digital economy.'
CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein explains why the CRTC is reviewing its usage based-billing decision, but explains why it's a legitimate principle for pricing for pricing internet services.
Canada's telecommunications industry makes up 3.3 per cent of the country's gross domestic product, generating $40-billion of revenue annually.
The Bloc Québécois believes the government must shelve its plans immediately and hold extensive public debate on expanding foreign ownership of telecommunications.
The controversy surrounding usage-based billing for the internet shows how uncompetitive the Canadian telecommunications industry is, say critics.
If the government wants to make Canada a truly first-rate telecommunications country, it needs a digital strategy.
BCE Inc.'s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTVglobemedia will include CTV network, its specialty stations, CTV radio properties and the simpatico.ca internet portal.
Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government is trying to encourage more investment, innovation and competition.

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