The Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Reference re Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167 and Broadcasting Order CRTC 2010-168, 2012 SCC 68. The majority (5-4 split) held that the CRTC’s ‘value-for-signal’ policy empowering private local television stations to negotiate direct compensation for retransmission of signals by cable and satellite companies was ultra vires.

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