Reporting back on the Bell/Astral hearing: The early days
The first couple days of the Bell/Astral hearing have come and gone – and I've got to say, they've been riveting. No joke.
If you're wondering what I'm talking about, you may want to skip this blog for now and start by visiting our campaign page.
It's been really encouraging to see the CRTC ask tough questions and consider the public interest, competition, choice, and innovation thus far. Of course that means it'll be doubly disappointing if the CRTC fails to stand up to Bell (by completely blocking this merger rather than tinkering with it) and protect the Canadian media system—we'll have to raise our voices even louder—but regardless, it means they've been listening to the pro-Internet community.
Instead of writing a blog entry about the hearing, I've decided to try my hand at Storify to catalogue the commentary on twitter. Feel free to let me know in comments what you think of this method, and if you think I could be using it more effectively (but be gentle).
Coming up, we at OpenMedia.ca will report back about presentations from our friends at PIAC (a founding member of the Stop the Takeover Coalition and long-time pro-Internet group), among others. But now, without further ado, your two-day hearing summary:
- Agenda for the Bell/Astral hearing: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/broadcast/eng/hearings/2012/ag10_09.htm
- CPAC video coverage: http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&pagetype=watch...
- #CRTC Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/search/realtime/?q=%23crtc
..and don't forget to add your name to the petition to stop Bell's takeover: http://StopTheTakeover.ca