NERA Releases Study of Canadian Broadband Communications Services Market

30 October 2015

New York—NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic advice and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, released today a new study assessing the performance of the Canadian market for broadband communication services, “Broadband Market Performance in Canada: Implications for Policy.”

Author of the study, Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Co-Chair of NERA’s Communications, Media and Internet Practice, finds that the market is characterized by vigorous, dynamic competition, with multiple firms deploying different types of infrastructures and technologies to produce rapidly improving levels of service. Further, while no two markets are exactly alike, the performance of the Canadian market compares very well against other developed countries on measures like price, speed, penetration, and usage, especially when Canada’s low population density and challenging geography is taken into account. Overall, the study concludes that Canadians are receiving access to the world-class communications services necessary to participate successfully in the digital economy, that the rapid progress that has occurred in broadband market performance is attributable to market forces and robust competition among facilities based providers, and that the best way to ensure further progress is to continue relying on market forces (as opposed to more intrusive regulation).

“Canadians benefit from a competitive market for broadband services,” said Jeff Eisenach, the study’s author. “The challenge for regulators is to resist the urge to intervene in ways that could ultimately harm competition and slow or eliminate investment and innovation.”

“Broadband Market Performance in Canada: Implications for Policy” may be downloaded from:


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