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“We want to make Canada the first digital nation in the world,” said Ken Coates, dean of arts at the University of Waterloo. Getting there, he said, involves not just supporting high-tech tool makers, but understanding how the rising use of digital media is changing the way we communicate, do business and access news and entertainment.
The event, called Canada 3.0, has snowballed in recent weeks, attracting more than 1,000 delegates and the attention of cabinet ministers, the Premier of Ontario and a who's who of high-tech leaders, including the oft-cited poster boy for Canadian innovation, Research In Motion co-CEO Michael Lazaridis. The federal government, eager to be seen taking action on its innovation agenda and to move on from its bailout of the auto industry, has been quick to get behind the project and there is talk Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an appearance. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will speak tomorrow.
“We want to make Canada the first digital nation in the world,”
The CRTC first looked into licensing new media in 1999 but with few households at the time having access to high-speed Internet it decided that licensing would not contribute to its development and that exempting it would not make it difficult for licensed broadcasters to follow the rules.
With 93 per cent of Canadian households having broadband access and anyone being able to watch videos and television shows, play games and listen to music online, the CRTC has decided to revisit the issue.
Federal broadcast officials will continue to leave the Internet unregulated, ruling Thursday to keep it outside the gamut of rules Ottawa applies to conventional media -- for now.
Following months of deliberation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it would not impose the same regulation it applies to television and radio, such as the amount of domestic content that must be aired, on broadcasters online or Internet service providers.
A coalition of more than 70 technology companies, including internet search leader Google, online retailer Amazon and voice over internet provider Skype, is calling on the CRTC to ban internet service providers from "traffic shaping," or using technology that favours some applications over others.
The CRTC has stated that there isn’t a viable business model for online broadcasting, although industry reports show digital media activity in the multi-billion dollar range, and economic analysis shows the mobile media sector is approaching ‘critical mass’.
The WGC is among several organizations calling for even more data from the sector, and it says it is pleased to see that the CRTC will introduce a reporting requirement for new media services.
The CRTC says it will revisit the exemption within five years.
Originally posted by vox2442
It was a leader 15 or 16 years ago. Now it's somewhere in the midfield. There's a LOT of catching up to do, in terms of funding, R&D, and above all public penetration and acceptance just to get Canada level with the current leaders.