Rogers wrote in its submission. The proposal takes this a step further by saying that non-Canadian services that don’t provide news, such as Netflix, should pay for the bailout by forcing them to aid in the funding of the labour tax credits.
Rogers proposes that Canadian broadcasters should be required to in some way contribute to the production of national or local news. “Those non-Canadian digital media services that do not wish to make direct investments in Canadian news programming would contribute indirectly by helping to fund labour tax credits,” the company writes in its submission.
In its submission, Rogers also opposes regulating internet service providers, saying it would be inappropriate and would lead to an increase for the possibility of market distortion.
Rogers proposes for more regulation and payments from non-Canadian providers but also sides with Bell in wanting Netflix to pay into the Canadian content system, while not giving it access to the funds. Bell and Shaw also filed their submissions to the BTLR panel outlining their own suggestions.
In its submission, Bell called for the criminalization of those who are even slightly associated with unauthorized online video streaming, and the regulation of U.S. providers such as Netflix.
Shaw opposed Bell in its submission, by proposing to reject the idea of a mandated Netflix Canadian content contribution tax. Shaw also argued for more regulatory flexibility and broadcast competition.