Let the Market Decide: The Case Against Mandatory Pick-and-Pay

9 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2014

See all articles by Lawson A. W. Hunter

Lawson A. W. Hunter

Stikeman Elliott LLP; C.D. Howe Institute

Edward Iacobucci

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Michael J. Trebilcock

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2014

Abstract

A proposal by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to mandate “pick-and-pay” television offerings for Canadians is deeply misguided, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Let the Market Decide: The Case Against Mandatory Pick-and-Pay,” authors Lawson Hunter, Edward Iacobucci and Michael Trebilcock find that mandating consumers to be able to subscribe to pay and specialty services on a service-by-service basis would be a slippery slope to still more regulation, and would become irrelevant at best in the ongoing telecom revolution.

Keywords: Governance and Public Institutions, Telecommunications, broadcasting

JEL Classification: L82, L96

Suggested Citation

Hunter, Lawson A. W. and Iacobucci, Edward M. and Trebilcock, Michael J., Let the Market Decide: The Case Against Mandatory Pick-and-Pay (September 25, 2014). C.D. Howe Institute e-Brief No. 184. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502117 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502117

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Michael J. Trebilcock

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