The concept of a free, unfettered internet through which Canadians can speak, learn and communicate without permission of the state was blown apart recently by a series of invasive and unjustifiable recommendations.

The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel’s report didn’t just call, as many feared, for the extension of broadcasting-content regulation to the internet. It advocated for a sweeping series of interventions that would make all online media subject to government regulation.

After more than a century of non-interference in speech through telecommunications, it is suggested that the state will determine what constitutes news and, when the proposed objectives of the act are included, “trusted” news.

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