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Decision CRTC 99-100

Ottawa, 7 May 1999
Regina Cablevision Co-operative
White City and surrounding areas, Saskatchewan – 199812293
26 March 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
Acquisition of assets
1. The Commission approves the application for authority to acquire the assets of the cable distribution undertaking serving White City and surrounding areas from Prairie Co-Ax T.V. Ltd. and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking.
2. The Commission will issue a licence to Regina Cablevision Co-operative (Cable Regina), expiring 31 August 2001 (the current expiry date), upon surrender of the current licence. The operation of this undertaking will be regulated pursuant to Parts 1 and 3 the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations. The authority granted herein is subject to the conditions set out in this decision and to any other conditions that may be specified in the licence to be issued.
3. The purchase price relating to this transaction is $448,081. Based on the evidence filed with the application, the Commission has no concerns with respect to the availability or the adequacy of the required financing.
4. Regina Cable currently holds licences for five other distribution undertakings in Saskatchewan, including recently acquired cable undertakings in Weyburn and Estevan. In making this application, Regina Cable stated that approval would allow for an increase to its subscriber base in Saskatchewan, resulting in economies of scope and scale. Regina Cable also stated that it would offer an improved service to subscribers to the White City cable system.
5. The Commission notes that Regina Cable is a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership and management by members of the community at large.
6. The licensee may receive any authorized signals over the air, or from any licensed or exempted Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking authorized to provide signals to other broadcasting distribution undertakings.
7. It is a condition of licence that, for community programming and any other programming of a service that it originates, the licensee adhere to the guidelines on the depiction of violence in television programming set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
8. The Commission acknowledges the three interventions submitted in support of this application. The Commission also acknowledges the concerns expressed in the intervention filed by the Village of White City and is satisfied with the applicant’s reply.
9. The Commission reminds the purchaser of its longstanding policy that subscribers should not be required to pay higher fees merely because the ownership or control of a cable television system has changed hands.
Secretary General
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