CBC News reported earlier this week. Shaw was requesting permission from the CRTC to end his local TV satellite solution (LTSS), which would increase free TV for rural Canadians.
Today, Shaw today contested the Report CBC News says it does not require permission to terminate the LTSS program, introduced as part of Shaw's acquisition of Global TV in 2010. LTSS allowed them residing in rural areas access to free TV with equipment provided by Shaw, after analogue signals passed to digital in 201
"The current CRTC process is not an application or request to terminate LTSS," said Chethan Lakshman , Vice President of External Affairs, in a statement to CBC News .
"Shaw has simply confirmed that LTSS ends when the license period expires on August 31, 2019, in line with what we proposed and what was accepted by [CRTC] in 2010," said Lakshman, who said Shaw was "Very proud. "by LTSS.
A police researcher from Toronto's Humber College, Steven James May, believes he is too early to inform the country's Canadians of the free TV service coming to an end.
The services and … the telecoms these days make their billions for their shareholders, and they work hard for their billions, says May. "It is expected that [those companies] will provide services to Canadians in exchange for the use of our range."
Shaw told CBC News it has provided equipment to LTSS to over 31,000 households and had operated the program for two years longer than what was asked from the CRTC.
Former CRTC leader from 2007-2012, Konrad von Finkenstein, said earlier this week he was surprised by Shaw's decision to cancel LTSS.
"The whole idea of broadcasting over the air is to give people free access to television," says von Finkenstein. "Just because we made a change in assigning airwaves [converting to digital] it should not come at the expense of people who enjoy free TV … before, "he added.