Canada’s Largest ISP Acquired Largest Broadcasting NetworkAdded: Monday, September 20th, 2010
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According to recent news, Bell Canada, one of the country’s biggest ISPs, is acquiring one of the country’s largest broadcasting networks – CTV Globemedia. It might have been an ordinary acquisition if not the Network Neutrality, which may be considered at risk when service delivery company is merging with a content production entity.
While the Net Neutrality debate has been temporarily stalled in the US, it’s been a sleeping issue in Canada for a while. However, all this may change in the near future with Bell Canada acquiring CTV. The question is whether the Net Neutrality issue is really at risk should the deal go through. And even if it isn’t immediately, the chances are that this can trigger it in the future, as fundamental facts about both companies point to this.
The reasoning is quite clear. On the one side, an Internet service provider has a business model revolving around selling access to the web, and that’s content that makes this access so sellable. Content, in its turn, is everything digital, including movies, music, communications and everything else. Although copyright owners try to convince people that service providers are only profiting from infringing content, there’s no evidence to prove that. Still, content includes everything that exists online – from Creative Commons licensed songs to independently produced YouTube material. Emails are also included in this category as they’re created by one person and sent to another. So, if all these content is taken away, and there are no content published and messages communicated, then the Internet would simply die, taking ISPs to the grave with it.
On the other side, content producers have a sole purpose to make people to access their certain content, because producing the content is not enough – it should be consumed as well, otherwise advertisers – the major revenue stream – would just walk away from the shows that no-one watches.
Finally, the combination of these two business models brings us to a controversy, as it would create a hybrid of them, aimed at selling people access to their certain content, and financially motivated to eliminate any competing material accessible to people. That’s why Net Neutrality may be at risk – there won’t be anything about neutrality in this new business model.
September 20th, 2010Posted by:
Monday, September 20th, 2010
|posted by (2010-09-20 17:15:00)|
|Bell suckz... good read SaM... TY...|
|posted by (2010-09-21 11:49:07)|
|ya got that right m8|
|Wasnt BELL split years ago? why are they able to attempt to monopolise once again?|
|posted by (2010-09-22 19:33:22)|
|it's not bell it is Shaw that is buying global. still just as bad||
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