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    New CRTC chair named

    Federal government to name industry veteran Ian Scott CRTC chairman
    Globe and Mail, July 17

    The federal government will name industry veteran Ian Scott chairman of the country's telecom and broadcast regulator.

    After filling the role on an interim basis in June, the federal Department of Heritage has found its permanent candidate and will appoint Mr. Scott chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Tuesday, The Globe and Mail has confirmed.

    Most recently director of regulatory affairs at satellite communications provider Telesat Holdings Inc., Mr. Scott has decades of industry experience, including stints at both the CRTC and the Competition Bureau.

    But in contrast to his predecessor, Jean-Pierre Blais – the career public servant who left the commission when his five-year term as chairman ended last month – Mr. Scott also has significant experience in the private sector, including as vice-president of government relations for Telus Corp., one of Canada's three national wireless providers.
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    Financial Post, July 17
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    Scott brings a vastly different background than his predecessor Jean-Pierre Blais, who is known for his consumer-friendly policies and contentious relationship with industry.

    Scott has worked on both the public and private sides of the telecom industry over the past 25 years, including as a registered lobbyist for satellite company Telesat Canada and Telus Corp. He is currently the executive director of government and regulatory affairs at Telesat and previously served as a vice president at Telus.

    He left Telus for a stint as chief policy advisor at the CRTC in 2007 and 2008 as part of the government’s executive interchange program before returning to industry and joining Telesat in 2009. The rotation sparked allegations of conflict of interest in a CBC investigation, given he was still listed on the lobbyist registry while working at the CRTC. But Scott told the CBC he followed all of the rules.

    Scott has also held executive positions at Call-Net Enterprises and the Canadian Cable Television Association. Before that, he worked for five years at both the CRTC and the Competition Bureau...

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    The fox guarding the hen house, yet again.
    Un-Rogered, and getting better 'value'.

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    I always thought that we can do better than under Blais, but this won't happen with an ex-Telus exec. "Sad" - to quote a well-known philosopher.
    Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most. [Mark Twain]

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