Broadcasters and Internet regulation

The Canadian association of broadcasters has suggested that alternatives to their services should be governed by the Broadcasting Act. A blog entry by Tim Denton claims what it really means is that: the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) called for the regulation of the Internet in a way that could save the obsolete business model of broadcasters.

That post is a worthwhile read. Perhaps the real issue is whether legislation like the Broadcast Act still makes sense in today's world.

This reminds me of the music industry approach.

To me we have to think in terms of the content or services being separate from the "pipe" or delivery mechanism.

For music, for example, a CD is simply a container for the songs. We buy the songs, not the CD.

We are entering a world where we pay for the bandwidth, whether it be hi-speed cable, DSL, WiMax, or cell. The services on top of that may or may not come from the same provider - and may or may not cost money. That includes everything from phone, long distance, music, video games, "TV", etc.

The approach the music/entertainment industry seems to take is like buggy manufacturers fighting the advent of the car. If they fought it, they ultimately lost. If they realized they were in the transportation business, not the buggy business, they had a chance to adapt and prosper.

Read the Tim Denton post

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