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    Default CRTC says it holds power over website blocking in Quebec gambling case

    Claiming that its "powers are greater than provincial law," the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said last week that Quebec has no authority to force ISPs to block online poker and gambling sites.

    Quebec’s Bill 74, passed in May, empowered provincial gambling agency Loto-Quebec to order Internet service providers to block a list of its competitors’ websites under the guise of protecting consumers from irresponsible gaming sites.

    In a decision issued Friday, the CRTC suspended action on the file until the court proceedings wrap up, as advised by Quebec’s attorney general . . . But it took the opportunity to reiterate its preliminary views that Internet service providers cannot block websites without the CRTC’s permission – no matter what provincial law states. Even so, it would take “exceptional circumstances” to convince the CRTC to grant such permission, it stated in a September letter.
    Here's a link to an article from the Financial Post: http://business.financialpost.com/fp..._lsa=cc6e-1243

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    Even if they do, there will always be a number of unlicensed casinos operating.

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    Living in Quebec I don't know how I missed this one. Of course it has nothing to do with protecting consumers but to protect the Revenue Quebec. Glad to see the CRTC took this position. If Quebec was successful it would have further ramifications on other parts of the industry and others.

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