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Ottawa, 29 July 1999

Decision CRTC 99-187

Câblevision du Nord de Québec inc.

Béarn; Fabre; Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues; and Ville-Marie and Angliers, Quebec - 199904793 - 199904818 - 199904801 - 199904785 - 199905436 - 199905444

14 June 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Acquisition of assets

1.  The Commission approves the applications for authority to acquire the assets of the cable distribution undertakings serving Béarn, Fabre, Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues and Ville-Marie from Câblotem inc., and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings.

2.  The Commission also approves the application to amend the authorized service area of the cable undertaking serving Ville-Marie and Angliers by excluding the Village of Angliers and approves the application for a licence to carry on a cable distribution undertaking to continue to serve Angliers. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a Class 3 licence to Câblevision du Nord de Québec inc. (Câblevision) expiring 31 August 2004. The Commission notes that the Angliers undertaking will be interconnected via optical fibre to the local head end of the Ville-Marie undertaking.

3.  The Commission will also issue Class 3 licences to Câblevision for the remaining undertakings expiring 31 August 2004, (the current expiry date), upon surrender of the current licences.

4.  The operation of all these undertakings will be regulated pursuant to Parts 1 and 3 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.The licences will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and to any condition specified in the licences to be issued.

5.  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.

6.  The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service of the undertakings serving Béarn, Fabre, Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues and Angliers WTOL-TV (CBS) Toledo, Ohio, WDIV (NBC), WXYZ-TV (ABC), WTVS (PBS) Detroit, Michigan and WUHF (FOX) Rochester, New York and CICA-TV, TVOntario's English-language educational television programming service. The Commission notes that the licensee receives these signals via optical fibre from its undertaking in Ville-Marie.

7.  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.

8.  It is a condition of each 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.

9.  In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled Implementation 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.

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Secretary general

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