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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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Vox Populi - The People Speak (to the telecom policy review panel)


November 2005- IGB Grant 514-849-3508 & Brian Sharwood 416-413-9381


  • Canada’s Minister of Industry and Commerce, the Honourable David Emerson, established a panel to review Canada’s policies regarding the regulation of the telecommunications industry in April this year.
  • The panel is to report to the Government in December – just in time, we hear from Prime Minister Martin, for an election call. We hope that the panel’s counsel will not be lost in pre- (and post) election distractions. It would be a shame if the nation were to lose this opportunity to influence the direction of the country’s telecoms development. Filing the panel’s report on a dusty shelf would not be a fitting end for this endeavour.
  • The panel is doing important work. The panel is examining the industry, looking at trends and portents, looking at objectives and social goals, looking at competing visions of what Canada’s communications policies should be. This is a vital exercise.
  • The panel will provide policy makers with useful perspectives and important direction. Our counsel to parliamentarians, and would-be parliamentarians (come the dropping of the writ) is to pay attention. A clear vision of the role of communications should be an important issue for Canadians – we have moved now beyond provision, merely, of telephone service, we are now looking at the mechanics of broader broadband deployment and questions about who and how we should pay for such a key service. These questions are of import to the industry, yes, but they are also key questions for Canadians as we look at our country’s place in a post-internet, post-broadband economy. That the internet represents a useful resource is no longer a question. Broadband access to the internet will be a key ingredient in the economic, social and intellectual life of Canadians in the coming century.
  • Our advise to panelists? Amongst the many weighty tomes of advice and suggestions you have received over the past six months there are many nuggets, many good takeaways. Here’s our round-up:
    • Is a change in regulation, and regulatory focus needed? Yes, absolutely. Clearly there is a virtual consensus (though with some important exceptions) that some shifts are required. A shift from looking-backward, when considering options, to looking-forward would be a good first step.
    • A lighter regulatory hand is required. Trust to market mechanisms, not economic micromanagement.
    • We need to find a way to bring broadband services to all Canadians – but we also need to make sure that all providers, using the full possibilities offered by new technologies, have the opportunity to bring services to Canadians. Should incentives be needed, lets do so through focused initiatives, not indirectly through regulatory fiat.
    • ICT – Information and Communications Technologies – offer important opportunities to Canada and Canadians. We are not exploiting these technologies as much as other nations. We are not adopting ICT advantages into our businesses or schools – we need a vision in Ottawa of what can be, we need stimulus, we need a national technological rearmament. Lets get this on to the political agenda. The panel can help.

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