Canada's Telecom Crisis: My Appearance Before the Senate Transport and Communications Committee

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jun 08, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This presentation should just be heard by some committee. Its indictment of three major aspects of the Canadian internet - wireless, broadband, and net neutrality - should be nailed to the front door of Parliament. "All these issues are connected. They reflect a Canadian telecommunications environment that is in crisis, lacking in competition and gradually declining in comparison with peer countries around the world." I don't think lack of competition is the problem - you could add more competitors, but they would just collude. It's a lack of regulation that allows the private providers to charge as much as it can while doing nothing to extend the infrastructure.
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