the local cable monopoly, is, at the moment, unconstrained by real competition or oversight, and benefits from overwhelming economies of scale. … More The Big Squeeze: Monopolies in Wired and Wireless Access
“Netflix is basically asking Canadians to accept the level of streaming quality that was more or less standard on the streaming service in the U.S. two years ago.” … More Don’t Say we didn’t warn you! Meanwhile Industry Canada is MIA.
“laptops improve writing skills and have boosted state writing test scores” … More Would a Laptop for Every Student Help? In Maine It Certainly Did
For the two boys and father JR Shaw, the company faces a future retirement bill of some $147 million, according to its own actuaries. The amount these three men have paid into this plan: zero. The amount the company has set aside for the liability: zero. … More So, What do we do about it? CRTC? Parliament? Anyone?
I was invited to attend an Industry Canada roadshow last week in Calgary. It was part of a national tour gathering input to formulate a new “Digital Economy Strategy for Canada.” One of the concerns raised was the dismal state of broadband service in Canada. We now rank about 33rd in download speeds behind Estonia … More World’s Fastest Broadband & $43 million executive compensation
Interesting to see a new approach to technology funding being taken by Podium Funds of Calgary; http://www.podiumfunds.com/ Podium describes their innovative model as follows; PODIUM Participation Funds (PPF) is local capital backing local ventures with global potential. This provides Calgarians the opportunity to invest in our city while maintaining the potential for a world-class return. With … More Tech finance innovation or “crowdsourcing for capital”
Wow, look’s like they may have had some help from Jon Favreau (President Obama’s speechwriter) on the introduction to America’s new National Broadband Plan entitled “Connecting America”. Here’s the opening lines of the introduction; Broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for … More A National Commitment to Remain Competitive
(Honolulu, Hawaii & New York, New York, January 20, 2010) – The Intelligent Community Forum named its 2010 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year. They include: Arlington County, VA, USA, Dublin, Ohio, USA, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Suwon, South Korea, Tallinn, Estonia. “The Top Seven of 2010 have demonstrated ingenuity … More How intelligent are Alberta communities ???