CRTC releases Communications Monitoring Report
The CRTC has released the second annual Communications Monitoring Report 2009. The nearly-300 page report is filled with data and charts that will generate considerable study and commentary. Some of the points that jumped out at me:
- Do-Not-Call: As of May 19th, there were over 6.8 million registrations, 145,000 complaints, and over 700 investigations.
- Internet Access: 95% of Canadian households have access to fixed broadband. 91% to mobile broadband. In 2008, virtually all Canadian households in urban centres could have access to broadband services, versus 78% of households that were in rural areas.
- TV Viewership: TV viewing biggest drop in 12 - 17 age demographic down 5.9%. Over 18 down 1.4%.
- Internet use: 95% of 18-34 anglophones use the Internet; 91% of 35-49, 70% of over 50. Numbers slightly lower for francophones.
- Accessing Music: "downloading music and streaming radio over the Internet have shown a steady decline in popularity among Anglophones, and appear to have stagnated among Francophones."
- ISPs: Top 5 ISPs (Bell, Telus, Rogers, Videotron, Shaw) capture 76% of Internet access revenues. 69% of households subscribe to broadband.
- Price comparison w/US, UK, France, Australia. Good pricing for low wireless & broadband usage, avg for mid-to-high usage. Canada lowest number of wireless subscribers/100 inhabitants. High broadband, but low mobile broadband.
More on the report on the days ahead.
Michael Geist is a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa.