July 07, 2009 12:18 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Performers to Urge CRTC to Not Give Big Corporations Internet Control

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 7, 2009) - ACTRA's National President Ferne Downey and National Executive Executive Director Stephen Waddell will present ACTRA's case at the CRTC's hearings on Internet traffic management hearings on July 8.

Performers are urging the CRTC to enshrine the principle of 'net neutrality', ensuring that big business is not given permission to control Canadians' Internet access. Net neutrality is a particular concern to performers because their work is being increasingly distributed on the Internet.

What: CRTC's Review of the Internet Traffic Management
  ACTRA presenters will be available to comment
Who: Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President
  Stephen Waddell, ACTRA National Executive Director
When: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
  Immediately following ACTRA's presentation
Location: CRTC Hearing Room, Conference Centre, Phase IV
  140 Promenade du Portage
  Gatineau, Quebec

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed professional performing community.

The position and views in this statement are supported and endorsed by the American Federation of Musicians, Canada representing over 17,000 professional musicians.

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