Telecommunications Act (Canada)

The Telecommunications Act (French: Loi sur les télécommunications) is an Act of the Parliament of Canada that regulates telecommunications by ensuring reliable services, protecting privacy, and to protect and encourage the Canadian media. The Act is administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) which reports to Industry Canada. It replaced the Railway Act of 1906, which governed telecommunication prior to 1993, making it the first full legislative scheme addressing telecommunications.

Among its stipulations are prescient regulations that in spirit follow the general principles of net neutrality decades before the telecommunications concept arose as a matter of public debate with the rise of the internet as a common telecommunications system. For instance, internet providers are considered utilities under this law in that they can't give "undue or unreasonable preference," nor can they influence the content being transmitted over their networks.[1]

In November 2005, an amendment was passed to allow for the creation of a national Do-not-call list under section 41.

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  1. ^ Braga, Matthew (14 December 2017). "Why Canada's net neutrality fight hasn't been as fierce as the one in the U.S." CBC. CBC News. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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