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 March 2015 - Moore's Law
 June 2014 - Get it Wholesale!
 December 2013 - The Quest to Drive Consumer Benefit
 August 2013 - Why Canada? Why Now?
 April 2013 - Withering on Vine
 February 2013 - Mad as Hell!!
 March 2012 - Visiting Martians Shop for Broadband!
 February 2012 - Long Term Evolutionary Challenge: Limiting Wireless Carrier Gluttony
 November 2011 - Aide-Memoire: Foreign Investment in Canadian Telecommunications
 September 2011 - Pirates of the Arctic
 July 2011 - Some Notes for Canada’s Newest Industry Minister – An Open Letter
 May 2011 – A Tide in the Affairs of Men
 April 2011 – The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep: The Case for a Remote-Rural Exception in Frequency
 March 2011 – Hertz Much? Canadian Wireless Spectrum Valuation
 February 2011 – Over the Rainbow: Thoughts on the Canadian 700 MHz Discussion
 December 2010 - Strategic Air Commands: Mobile Carriers Embrace On-demand Activation
 October 2010 - There be Dragons: Canada’s Xenophobia in Telecoms Ownership
 July 2010 - Death Grip
 March 2010 - Wind in the Willows
 December 2009 - Gone with the Wind? Wireless Entrant Faces Arctic Reception in Canada
 November 2009 - Herding Cats: Managing a Wireless Community
 October 2009 - It's In The Air: Wireless Delivers the Promise of Broadband – Without the Wait
 August 2009 - Heart of [Wireless] Darkness: A SeaBoard Look At Wireless International Roaming
 April 2009 – A Giant Step Backwards: Canada’s CRTC Moves to Re-Monopolize Communications Marketplace
 March 2009 - Canadian Wireless Stakes:The Shape Of A Market To Come
 January 2009 - Paradise Lost
 December 2008 - Internet Hot Like Laval's
 October 2008 - Sow's Ear into a Silk Purse: Exploiting the Potential of the G-block
 October 2008 - Reason, Not Romance: A Better Internet in the Balance
 September 2008 - Start Your Engines:Canada’s Wireless Challengers Hit The Road
 May 2008 - Champagne Tastes: Beer Budgets
 March 2008 - So, You Want To Become A Wireless Services Provider?
 February 2008 - It Isn’t About Paying Paul Without Robbing Peter:Reflections on the CTF Debate
 February 2008 - The Race is On! Toronto Hydro Puts Toronto Hydro Telecom on the Block
 SeaBoard Group - 2007 Year End Review
 November 2007 - Wireless Data Prices, How do Canadians fare?
 August 2007 - SeaBoard Market Update & Outlook
 March 2007 - Lament For A Wireless Nation - A Cross-National Survey of Wireless Service Prices
 January 2007 - Looking Back Looking Forward
 November 2006 - Whither MVNOs
 September 2006 - Communications Pricing for Consumers 2006
 July 2006 - Knowing Me Knowing You
 June 2006 - Avoiding the Tragedy of Dorothy
 May 2006 - SeaBoard Sentinel - Knowing Thy Neighbour
 April 2006 - Escape Velocity- Videotron Pushes the Limit for Canada
 March 2006 - Leaving Jurassic Park - New Era in Mobile Services
 February 2006 - Coming to a Screen Near You: Telco TV
 Brace Yourself! 2006; Year in Preview
 November 2005 - Vox Populi: The People Speak
 October 2005 - Mobile Instant Messaging: Power of Presence
 September 2005 - Arming the Contenders
 August 2005 - Top of the First - The VoIP Battle Begins
 July 2005 - Lessons for Canada; Wireless Pricing - A Cross National Survey
 April 2005 - The Anarchist Cookbook
 March 2005 - God's Machine
 January 2005 - An Exciting Year Ahead
 December 2004 - The Medium is not the Message!
 December 2004 - Old Bottles, New Wine
 October 2004 - Billing - Beyond Feeds and Speeds
 Sept 2004 - Cabled Canada
 July 2004 - It's Your Call
 May 2004 - Field(s) And Stream
 April 2004 - Through The Portal - Smartly
 March 2004 - VoIP across the Enterprise: Proceeding Cautiously - the CompUSA story
 Feb 2004 - Get Shorty! - Canada's Wireless Market
 November 2003 - The Importance of Being Ernestine
 October 2003 - Wireless Wonderland
 October 2003 - Behind the Veil of Convergence: Lauding Logistics
 Sept 2003 - Beyond Ernestine - Your Call is Important To Us
 August 2003 - Not Your Parents' Phone
 July 2003 - Canadians Cut Their Wires
 May 2003 - Communications Pricing for Consumers
 January 2003 - Catharsis of Penury
 January 2003 - No Worries!
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    Accomplishments & Challenges: Canada’s Cable Industry in 2004  

September 2004 - IGB Grant +1 514 849 3508
& Brian Sharwood +1 416 413 9381



  • Today’s cable service has evolved from a one-way broadcast distribution medium to an advanced communications platform. Two-way interactive services are now standard fare and as important as television to the future of the cable industry. With the advent of cable-based VoIP services early next year, past distinctions between cable companies and other enterprises typically described as ‘communications firms’ will be further eroded.
  • SeaBoard predicts that cable company revenue will soon evolve from its present broadcasting base; within the next five years up to 45% of cable company revenue will come from advanced services running over the high-speed internet access, such as high-speed access itself, telephone service (and its related feature sets) and other interactive services such as content on demand, videoconferencing and gaming. The transition will not be without pain. Cable’s foray into voice services, through VoIP, is a direct assault on the business that Canada’s telephone companies have considered ‘their’ birthright for over a century. Consequently, regulation will have a significant impact on the development of telephone competition in the short-term.
  • Cable faces challenges in delivering broadband to Canadians in remote/rural communities. Smaller cable systems face significant costs in accessing the information highway. They are dependent on satellite delivery for their broadcast distribution business – access to the internet backbone remains problematic and expensive. SeaBoard believes a part of the financial burden can be mitigated by allocating revenues in the Price Cap deferral account to assist in serving high-cost areas.
  • Advanced media services are increasingly user enabled and transcend historic market definitions. Our present regulatory and government market-oversight structures remain in silos; broadcasting, cable, telecom. Canada’s new Ministers of Industry and Heritage need to take action to bring the pieces together.
  • Our public policy and regulatory environment needs to be updated and harmonized so it is not outdated by technology. Canada’s regulator will find it increasingly difficult to maintain artificial boundaries between IP-delivered video and traditional television channelised programming. Canada needs a regulatory structure that promotes competition domestically in all markets including broadcasting as well as encourages innovation and increased investment
  • Canada’s continued global leadership depends on whether innovation and investment in advanced media remain, or perhaps become again, priorities for public policy-makers. Government needs to get on board. To follow and to support the industry lead. Their job has just begun.
  • SeaBoard recommends a rethinking of foreign investment limits in order to keep pace with our major trading partners when it comes to removing barriers to investment. Canadian consumers and service providers will be well served by the easier access to capital markets.
  • Broadband services are an essential element in the social fabric – education, social programmes, and even health care delivery will increasingly rely on connectivity to the internet. Cable companies have been, and will continue to be a key contributor to growing these services in all regions of Canada.





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