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Ottawa, 7 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-322
Coopérative de Câblodistribution de Saint-Fidèle
Saint-Fidèle, Quebec - 952006500
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-13 dated 19 January 1996, the Commission renews the licence held by Coopérative de Câblodistribution de Saint-Fidèle, for the cable distribution undertaking serving Saint-Fidèle, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2003.
The operation of this undertaking is regulated pursuant to Parts I, III and IV of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) and the licence will be subject to the conditions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The licensee continues to be relieved, by condition of licence and for the period mentioned below, from the requirement to delete the duplicate programming from CFTM-TV (TVA) Montréal, received via satellite from CANCOM, or to substitute therefor the local service of CIMT-TV (TVA) Rivière-du-Loup, when the programming is identical. The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by Télé Inter-Rives limitée, licensee of CIMT-TV, requesting that the licensee distribute the priority service of CIMT-TV, as part of the basic service of the undertaking, rather than that of CFTM-TV, received via satellite. The intervener indicated that it has taken steps to increase CIMT-TV's power in order to provide a more reliable signal.
The Commission renews the current exemption due to the poor reception quality of CIMT-TV's signal, as again confirmed by the Department of Industry. However, the Commission is prepared to renew this exemption only for a period of twelve months, until 31 August 1997, or for such further period of time as it may approve in writing upon receipt of an application submitted by the licensee prior to the expiry of this twelve-month period or any extension thereof. The Commission may then determine if the quality and reliability of CIMT-TV's signal have improved as a result of the technical improvements carried out by Télé Inter-Rives limitée.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 89-332 dated 19 June 1989, it is a condition of licence that the licensee be relieved of the requirement that it distribute at least four television programming services as provided for in section 23 of the regulations, so long as the licensee distributes only one U.S. television station or only those which may be subsequently be authorized by the Commission.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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