The convergence debate

News of the proposed merger in the u.s. between Bell Atlantic and cable operator Tele-Communications has rocked the communications world and brought Americans to the edge of a dynamic new era of digital, interactive information flow.But before the convergence of telephone...

News of the proposed merger in the u.s. between Bell Atlantic and cable operator Tele-Communications has rocked the communications world and brought Americans to the edge of a dynamic new era of digital, interactive information flow.

But before the convergence of telephone and cable tv technologies can occur in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will have to decide who gets to lay the so-called information superhighway.

On Nov. 1, the crtc began a major review of the country’s telecommunications regulations, which currently restrict the telephone and cable industries from joining forces as they have in the u.s.

Strategy asked two professionals from the telephone and cable industries to describe the regulatory conditions they believe would best enable Canada to keep pace with the leaders in the emerging interactive world.