Tories to force TV providers to let consumers ‘pick and choose’ individual channels

National Post | News

The federal government will unveil plans this week to force cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers so-called pick-and-pay services, says a prominent cabinet minister.

The move will be part of a consumer-first agenda to be included by the Conservatives in this week’s speech from the throne.

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The scene: A sunny, autumn morning on Parliament Hill. A crowd gathers on the steps in front of the Peace Tower. Someone ascends the steps and prepares to speak. He’s wearing jeans and his jacket doesn’t quite fit right. Must be a journalist.

My fellow Canadian consumers, we live in extraordinary times. And we face an extraordinary opportunity. All across this great land of ours, we are burdened by so many modern millstones. Our politicians are loath to address them, wary of the vested interests that they protect. But…

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