In this decision, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “CRTC”) did not have the legal authority to create a “value for signal” regime. Under a “value for signal” regime, over-the-air broadcasters would have been able to charge cable and satellite companies for retransmitting their free signals. This decision will help prevent consumers’ cable and satellite subscription costs from increasing. Fasken Martineau was counsel to the successful Appellants Rogers Communications Inc. and TELUS Communications Company with a team that included Jay Kerr-Wilson and Ariel Thomas. Our Communications group handles cases involving the CRTC and other broadcasting regulatory bodies.