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Public Notice CRTC 2001-122

Ottawa, 7 December 2001

Proposed amendment to the exemption criteria for master antenna television systems (MATV) 


In Public Notice CRTC 2000-10 dated 24 January 2000, the Commission published its exemption order respecting master antenna television systems. The Commission now invites comments on a proposed amendment to the exemption criterion that generally continues to limit the services that an exempt MATV system may distribute to those that the Commission has authorized for distribution by the operator of a cable distribution undertaking serving the area within which the MATV undertaking is situated.


In Public Notice CRTC 2001-121 of today's date, the Commission has issued an exemption order respecting cable systems having fewer than 2,000 subscribers. The small cable exemption order could have an impact on the service offerings of certain exempted MATV systems. According to the text of the existing MATV exemption order, the services available for distribution by an exempt MATV system are those that may be distributed by the licensed cable distribution undertaking serving the community. These criteria now need to be modified to reflect the fact that MATV systems in smaller markets may operate in service areas where there is an exempt, as opposed to a licensed, cable undertaking. Accordingly, the Commission proposes to amend the MATV exemption order by replacing the text of the exemption criterion now set out in paragraph 5 of the description section of the order by the following text, thereby permitting an exempt MATV system to distribute the same signals as may be distributed by the cable undertaking, whether licensed or exempt, whose service area encloses that served by the MATV undertaking.

No service received over-the-air or by satellite or microwave or optical fibre transmission is distributed over the undertaking, other than a service that the Commission by regulation, condition of licence, or otherwise has authorized for distribution by the operator of a licensed or exempt cable distribution undertaking serving the area within which the MATV undertaking is situated, whether or not the cable operator is actually distributing the service.

Subject to paragraph 4 above, the signals distributed by the exempt MATV undertaking need not be identical to those signals distributed by the licensed or exempt cable distribution undertaking serving the area, so long as they are signals of affiliates of the same network.

Call for comments


The Commission invites comments that address the issues and questions set out in this notice. The Commission will accept comments that it receives on or before 25 January 2002.


The Commission will not formally acknowledge comments. It will, however, fully consider all comments and they will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedures for filing set out below have been followed.

Procedures for filing comments


Interested parties can file their comments on paper or electronically. Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.


Parties wishing to file their comments on paper should send them to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, K1A 0N2.


Parties wishing to file electronic versions of their comments can do so by email or on diskette. The Commission email address is


Electronic submissions should be in the HTML format. As an alternative, those making submissions may use "Microsoft Word" for text and "Microsoft Excel" for spreadsheets.


Please number each paragraph of your submission. In addition, please enter the line ***End of document*** following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.


The Commission will make comments filed in electronic form available on its web site at  in the official language and format in which they are submitted. This will make it easier for members of the public to consult the documents.


The Commission also encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file (and/or the Commission's web site) for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their comments.

Examination of public comments and related documents at the following Commission offices during normal business hours

Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room G-5
Hull, Quebec K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429 - TDD: 994-0423
Fax: (819) 994-0218

Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street
Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K8
Tel: (902) 426-7997 - TDD: 426-6997
Fax: (902) 426-2721

405 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East
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Montréal, Quebec H2L 4J5
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Fax: (514) 283-3689

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Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M2
Tel: (416) 952-9096
Fax: (416) 954-6343

Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B3
Tel: (204) 983-6306 - TDD: 983-8274
Fax: (204) 983-6317

Cornwall Professional Building
2125 - 11th Avenue
Room 103
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3
Tel: (306) 780-3422
Fax: (306) 780-3319

10405 Jasper Avenue
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Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3N4
Tel: (780) 495-3224
Fax: (780) 495-3214

530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3B6
Tel: (604) 666-2111 - TDD: 666-0778
Fax: (604) 666-8322

Secretary General

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Date Modified: 2001-12-07

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