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Ottawa, 21 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-439
Télécâble Provincial inc.
Saint-Théodore-d'Acton, Quebec - 952606200
Licence renewal
Following a Public Hearing in Quebec City beginning on 9 July 1996, the Commission renews the Class 2 (fewer than 2,000 subscribers) licence held by Télécâble Provincial inc., for the cable distribution undertaking serving Saint-Théodore-d'Acton, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2001.
As a consequence of amendments to the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) announced in Public Notice CRTC 1994-7 dated 3 February 1994, the operation of this Class 2 cable distribution undertaking with fewer than 2,000 subscribers is now regulated pursuant to Parts I, III and IV of the regulations, with the exception of the requirements stipulated in section 23.
Therefore, no further action is required with respect to the licensee's request to continue to act as a Part III licensee and to be relieved from section 23 of the regulations.
In addition to the services required or authorized to be distributed pursuant to the applicable sections of the regulations, the licensee is authorized to continue to distribute WVNY (ABC), WCAX-TV (CBS), WETK (PBS) Burlington, Vermont, and WPTZ (NBC) Plattsburgh, New York, received via co-axial cable, as part of the basic service.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 96-197 dated 11 June 1996, the licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, from the requirement of Section 4 of the regulations, to own and operate the local head end. This undertaking is interconnected, via co-axial cable, with the head end of the Cogeco Câble inc. cable distribution undertaking serving Acton Vale and Roxton Falls.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Imple-mentation of an Employment Equity Policy", the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. In this regard, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that it is prepared to renew the Broadcasting Certificate for a period of two years only, expiring 31 August 1998. With respect to the operation of this undertaking beyond this period, the Commission draws the licensee's attention to subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act pertaining to the technical certification of broadcasting undertakings and to subsection 22(4) which provides that any broadcasting licence issued, amended or renewed in contravention of section 22 is of no force or effect.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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