Manley, The Honourable John
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The remarkable transformation of Canada's economy and society as Canada enters a new era of global markets and an economy driven by knowledge. The rate at which companies innovate. Canadians, proven to be resilient in coping with this pace of change. The hardships of the transition. The toll taken by this speed of change on our family lives and our sense of security and well-being. Canadians seizing the opportunities of this new economy. A rapid increase in the number of small businesses and a growing spirit of entrepreneurship. Jobs and growth dependent upon the quality of our communications infrastructure, on the strength of our education system, on our ability to build partnerships that span the country and reach out to the world, and on our ability to innovate. Canada's strength in information technologies and telecommunications. The speaker's view of the new World Trade Agreement on telecom and the current prospects for satellite TV in Canada. Some facts and statistics about this industry in Canada. The enormous potential for jobs and growth in our information and communications technology industries. Employment growth in this sector. Two factors that have helped accelerate the change. The current situation with regard to cable versus telephone technologies. Canada well down the road to the "Information Highway" or the "Network Economy." A belief in the power of a competitive marketplace. The speaker's job, over the last 3-1/2 years, to remove the barriers and the constraints that restricted the competition. Details of that task. Several important CRTC decisions expected in the coming months. Opening the market for new wireless technologies. Four licences issued to companies that will supply personal communications services or PCS, services that are not available through existing cellular phone technology. Licences for Local Multipoint Communication Systems (LMCS) to provide competition to cable, telephone and satellite distribution systems. The CRTC proceeding with licences for a related technology called MMDS. Contributions to Canada's new economy infrastructure by wireless technologies. Encouraging innovation and new products and services. A major breakthrough three weeks ago in the global trade of telecommunications with the signing of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services. Canada gaining a more secure access to foreign markets. What Canada has to put on the table to receive access to the markets of the world. The Information Technology Agreement signed in Singapore last December to eliminate tariffs on information technology equipment. The combined effects of these agreements in terms of investment and increasing opportunities for Canadian telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers. Direct Broadcast Satellites or DBS left out of the WTO agreement on telecommunications. What the new DBS technology will do and its position in Canada. The black market in Canada. Dealing with the grey market by getting competitive Canadian DTH (Direct to Home) services up and running as soon as possible. CRTC's response to new technologies. A test of the government of Canada's will to ensure that the Information Highway would be built upon open markets and fair competition. The CRTC issue for five licenses for satellite TV services. Canada's satellite technology and policy. Why we have insisted on a made-in-Canada solution. Canada's economic growth dependent on our ability to develop and apply the latest in information and communications technologies.