2006-11-07

The CRTC Should Regulate the Internet: Gerard Kennedy

When I listened to this the first time, I'd didn't catch it. But I'm pretty sure Gerard Kennedy said he thinks the CRTC should regulate the Internet!

He also wants to give LESS funding to the CBC and MORE funding to others (perhaps on the Internet).

Will this blog one day be sponsored by the federal government? Hey, regional voices are important. Kennedy said so. I feel my New Brunswick voice is being buried under all that Toronto Internet content. Gerard Kennedy to the rescue!

I still can't believe Kennedy said the Internet should be regulated by the CRTC for Canadian content.

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Update: I'm pretty sure that Kennedy didn't say, in French: "Yes, the government should rule the Internet". I think that is a case of Kennedy's mediocre French being misunderstood by the translator. Also, I'm no longer sure what Kennedy's position on the CBC is.

"There should be a box that people can access". That part has me confused.
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Update II (2006-11-07, 23:12 Atlantic)

Well, I stand corrected. Accurate translation. Just in case there was any possible confusion, to the question "should the contents of the Internet be regulated", Gerard Kennedy said "the short answer is yes".

Details:

1:11:00 into the debate. (Google the error message if you can't open it).

Question: Should the federal government continue to regulate the contents of the electronic press? Should the federal government regulate the content offered on the Internet? Should foreign ownership rules continue to apply?

Gerard Kennedy: Yes. The short answer is yes. A federal government presence is necessary, to regulate the contents of the Internet and new forms of communication. Switched to English.

La réponse simple est oui. Il est necessaire d'avoir une presence du gouvernement fédéral, de réglementer le contenu de l'Internet et des nouvelles technologies.

13 comments:

Jay said...

The more I here about Gerard Kennedy the more I don't like him. He seems to be pretty damn close to be a communist. His get your high school diploma billhere in Ontario or no drivers licence and regulation of the internet. Jeez.

Muad'Dib said...

Ha ha ha! Thats sweet! Well, if anyone thinks the internet should be regulated (except by the removal of kiddie porn and such) they are doughheads.

Altavistagoogle said...

Muad'dib, what's with the non-existent blog in your profile? Did someone regulate it out of existence?

nbpolitico said...

AVG - try listening to it in the original French, perhaps you'll have a better ear for the translation.

http://www.cpac.ca/asx/sp_libDebate_oct15_fre.asx

Altavistagoogle said...

I've never been able to play the online CPAC or CBC stuff.

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the specified protocol is not supported."

nbpolitico said...

Weird - it always works for me. If you were a bit friendlier maybe I could convert the relevant segment to an MP3 audio file ;)

Altavistagoogle said...

Rough day? ;-)

I'm reaserching asx files. I'm sure I'll figure it out soon enough. I'll post my translation if I haven't thrown my computer out the window first.

Gavin Neil said...

I didn't think he was saying to regulate it... I connected things like "the box through whch you access it that's cheaper" and the "light infrastructure program" and the focus on "access to Canadians" as being focussed on ensuring Canadians have access to the internet, and not exclusively through PC's that cost $1000+ and internet that's only high speed in the city.

I think the reference to a "CBC" was a reference to creating content or facilitating the creation of content. Certainly some people disagree with that, but I fundamentally agree with a small redistribution of wealth to make sure that canadian voices that would otherwise not be heard have access to this great piece of media.

G

PS if he supported deeper regulation, especially CRTC type of regulation that he attacks at the end of the clip, I would disagree strongly.

Altavistagoogle said...

I couldn't get the .asx file to work. The best I could do was to open it with notepad to find out that the media is at: mms://video.cpac.ca/20/ar_cpac2f641.asf

That file didn't work either.

Then I tried to throw my computer out the window. Argh. Wouldn't fit.

I'm so angry you'd think I was trying to access porn.

Altavistagoogle said...

Found it!!!

Took me five hours but I found it. Just Googled the error message.

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the specified protocol is not supported."

Second link. Solution involved a new name for the Media Player folder.

As soon as I get to the relevent part of the debate, I'll post my interpretation of what Kennedy said in French.

Altavistagoogle said...

Translation OK. Kennedy in favour of regulation of the content of the Internet! See my update 2.

Muad'Dib said...

Hey hey. Non existent blog? if you look at the profile, it says webpage right under email on the right hand side. www.gorthos.com click on the title and you're in

Altavistagoogle said...

Muad'did, you banned me from your web site, published my IP adress and Ted Rogers' physical adress and you have the audacaty to leave a comment here!

An eye for an eye (and remember, you starded it):

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