Customers who seek lower
rates then have the option of transferring their business to competing service
providers who offer more competitive prices. But currently, telecommunications
regulations prevent new players from entering the market to help resolve the
problem. Government regulation has created a debacle where there is now
insufficient bandwidth for the demand of the market. Government regulators now
seek public input as to how to resolve the debacle that was ultimately caused by
government regulations and by earlier decisions of regulatory tribunals.
choice for most private users includes the telephone lines, television cable
systems and various forms of wireless telecommunications (e.g., via satellite).
In many cities, private telephone lines and cable TV coaxial technology carry
the combination of Internet, telephone and television services. Many users have
complained about the relatively low download speed of Internet services that
transmit signals via existing telephone lines. An alternative and competing
service is needed, and urgently.
One viable option for
Canada's Internet download debacle would be for government to get out of the
business of telecommunications regulation and let the market create its own
solutions. Over the short term, service providers will raise their prices based
on usage. Over the longer term and in an economy that is free from
telecommunications regulation, new players will enter the market with new ideas
about how to offer the services that customers demand.
Harnessing the Power (Grid)
In countries where
household electrical systems and neighbourhood distribution operates at 220
volts, telecommunications signals travel over electrical power lines. Electronic
hardware does exist that can separate Internet, telephone and television signals
from 220-volt power lines. The absence of electrical transformers allows for
multiplexing of electric and telecommunications signals along the power lines
that lead into private homes.