The CRTC's original power as the sole and privileged distributor of scarce broadcasting licenses technically still exists but increasingly as a ceremonial function — technology and the proliferation of licenses has effectively depleted the power of the function to little more than that of a wavelength traffic cop. But no government bureaucracy or regulatory body will willingly limit itself to a proscribed mandate if the power described by and contained in that mandate becomes obsolete — the acquisition and maintenance of power quickly becomes the private justification of their existence, whatever their public title is.
Thanks to Little Tobacco for pointing out this story.
The CRTC said yesterday that Canadian telephone customers have been overbilled to the tune of $652.7-million over the past few years, but the money will not be going back to them.
Remember this from the Conservative Party's Policy Briefing Note for Candidates before the 2004 election?
I came across no mention of this in their most recent platform, but now that the Conservatives are in a position as a government to deal with its agencies, I would hope that it is not forgotten. It could not happen too soon.
“The Conservative Party supports the restructuring of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, reducing its mandate to registration and/or marketing and bandwidth and to dealing with the international communications negotiations.”
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Sunday, February 19, 2006