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Public Notice

Ottawa, 19 January 1995
Public Notice CRTC 1995-7
This amendment would provide that the requirements of section 23 of the regulations would no longer apply as of 1 September 1997.
In Decision CRTC 95-20 of today's date, the Commission indicated that it would initiate a public process to amend section 23 of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) so that, as of 1 September 1997, the requirements of section 23 will no longer apply.
Section 23 has served to promote Canadian programming services by effectively requiring that Part III cable systems distributing satellite services also carry at least one of Cancom's conventional Canadian television signals. However, since section 23 was enacted, the Commission has amended the regulations to require that all Part III cable systems, as well as Class 2 systems with fewer than 2,000 subscribers and utilizing more than 12 channels, distribute a preponderance of Canadian programming services. In the Commission's view, the objective of promoting the distribution of Canadian programming services by small cable systems can be met by the preponderance requirement.
Furthermore, Cancom was originally licensed at a time when Canadian specialty or pay television services had yet to emerge. The Commission notes that there is now a consid-
erably greater number of Canadian television services available via satellite, including the 10 new Canadian satellite-to-cable discretionary services licensed in June 1994.
The text of the proposed amendment is set out in full in the appendix to this notice. Interested parties wishing to comment on the proposed amendment must file their submissions with the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, K1A 0N2, by Friday, 21 April 1995. While receipt of submissions will not be acknowledged, they will be considered by the Commission and will form part of the public proceeding.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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