Telecom exec Ian Scott to be next CRTC chair starting September

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The federal authority has named former telecom executive and lobbyist Ian Scott to be the next brains of the CRTC, the regulatory body in charge of setting and enforcing the rules in Canada’s show and telecommunications industries.

Scott will be the next chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission starting September 5th, for a five-year clauses. He will head up the regulator after a 25-year year career in telecom filing stints at the Competition Bureau and lesser roles at the CRTC, but predominantly as an government with various telecom companies.

Most recently, Scott was administration director of government and regulatory affairs at satellite firm Telesat.

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Consumer advocacy batch OpenMedia is expressing concern that Scott may be more likely to back the telecommunications industry than consumers. (Matt Rourke/Associated Swarm)

He’s also worked for Call-Net Enterprises — the corporate parent of Sprint Canada, which was pay off out by Rogers in 2005 — and with the Canadian Cable Television Association.

He was also a vice-president and later lobbyist for Telus, where he enfolded the title of vice-president of federal government relations.

In announcing Scott’s lease, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly noted his «deep understanding of what Canadians upon in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.»

But consumer advocacy group OpenMedia expressed problem that Scott, despite his experience, may be more likely to favour the telecommunications sedulousness than consumers.

«This is a concerning choice by the government,» the group’s communications head, Meghan Sali, said. «Canadians were hoping for somebody with a acrid consumer rights background, and will undoubtedly be disheartened to see the Trudeau guidance place someone from industry into the top decision-making position while millions are relying on the CRTC to aid render more affordable Internet services.»

Scott replaces Jean-Pierre Blais, who did not reapply for the job when his spell came to an end earlier this year. The CRTC has been led by interim throne Judith LaRocque since Blais stepped down last month, and she desire continue to hold the top job until Scott takes over.

Joly also publicized Caroline Simard as vice-chairwoman (Broadcasting) and Christianne Laizner as interim vice-chairwoman (Telecommunications).

Simard is currently legit counsel within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. She intention be begin her five-year term starting Sept. 11.

Laizner, whose up to one-year appellation was effective Monday, is senior general counsel and executive director of the CRTC licit sector.

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