Post Tagged with: "OECD"

Canadian Broadband Growth Ranks 29th Out Of 30 OECD Countries

The OECD this week released its annual broadband statistics for the 30 OECD countries.  The release notes that Canada ranks at the top of the G7 countries in terms of broadband penetration.  A closer examination of the data, however, reveals that that good news masks far more disturbing trends.  As recently as 2003, Canada ranked second in the OECD in broadband penetration.  In 2004, it slipped to fifth and last year it dropped to eighth.  This year, Canada dropped another spot to ninth and it is safe bet that it will drop out of the top 10 by next year.

Not only is Canada dropping in comparison to other OECD countries, but Canada's growth rate ranks second worst among all OECD countries.  The OECD chart lists the countries alphabetically, but it is much more revealing to examine both overall rank and growth rates.

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April 24, 2007 17 comments News

OECD on User Generated Content

The OECD has just issued an important and insightful report on user generated content and the policy issues it raises.

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April 16, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

The OECD on DRM Disclosures

The OECD has released a new report on DRM disclosure concerns. The report highlights consumer issues involving copy-controls and other DRM systems.

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April 28, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

We’re Number Eight!

The OECD’s latest report on country broadband statistics places Canada in eighth position worldwide.  While the release notes that this makes us the leading G7 country, this says more about how poorly the G7 countries rank than anything about Canadian success.  Indeed, it wasn’t long ago – in fact, only […]

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April 13, 2006 1 comment News

The Digital Road Leads Out of Rome

My weekly Law Bytes column (BBC version, homepage version) focuses on last week's OECD meeting on the future of the digital economy.  The column notes that the discussion pointed to two competing approaches for the distribution of content in the Internet era, one based on DRM and the other on […]

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February 8, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns