Today, Apple announced it’s latest offering – iCloud, meant to synchronize music, videos, messages, contacts… your whole electronic life to the Internet. Combined with Amazon Cloud Player, and Google’s Music Beta services, the attraction of moving ones entertainment to where it’s accessible on any device anywhere in the world is becoming very attractive. However in Canada with broadband access so prevalent yet bandwidth caps at a historical low, this country is not in any position to take advantage of these upcoming services. With so called CRTC policies meant to “spur” competition and promote investment in infrastructure, all it seems to have done is reward the incumbents while punishing any new comers trying to enter the market. Consider that any new ISP must rent their lines from either Bell or Rogers in the majority of Canada who can set almost any rates they wish in a manner to make them uncompetitive.
When Netflix entered Canada, on that same day, Rogers lowers their bandwidth caps. How can a company have so much influence over the introductions of innovative products and services to the extent that Netflix had to lower video quality for Canadians. How can any company in Canada and the CRTC say that competition is healthy with a straight face? While our brothers to the US enjoy high-def streaming video, music, books with ubiquitous access, Canadians will be held hostage behind their virtual prisons. If you have any interest in seeing policies change head over the OpenMedia.ca