The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The proposed takeover of Halifax-based Salter Street Films Ltd has sparked talk that independents may not survive in this country, and speculation is rife that Chum Ltd could be the next target. Meanwhile, the spectrum shortage in the Toronto radio market is making it difficult for ethnic voices to be heard as broadcasting in this country becomes increasingly homogenized. One solution to creating diversity in the broadcast arena could well be the Internet. For example, a Hamilton-based web site, news4hamilton.com, has been operating for about three months offering original video content - everything from news to sports to entertainment - from the Steel City. With 35,000 hits on an average day and the support of big names like Dofasco, the site is putting paid to the arguments of naysayers who claim advertising on the ’Net isn’t viable. Dozens of other examples such as WorkdayTV are proving to be the new rule - not the exception. The technology needs some refining, but more and more Canadian homes are being hooked up to high-speed broadband, accelerating the Internet as the medium of choice for voices of diversity. As Internet radio and/or webcasting lowers the cost-of-entry to new broadcasting players, the airwaves could be opened up to the average Joe.  So, when Farrel Miller gets up to explain his vision for JumpTV.com, people should not be too hasty in dismissing the concept. Sure, the broadcasters are crying foul in terms of programming rights. But JumpTV has asked the Copyright Board for a tariff and is willing to pay for the content it retransmits. What the broadcasters probably really fear is the spectre of a powerful competitor on the horizon. Why shouldn’t webcasters draw audiences in by retransmitting popular U.S. fare - as the broadcasters do, protected by the law of the land - and turn some of their profits over to more Canadian programming? Internet business models haven’t been proven yet, but the new technology should be allowed to try to bring new voices to the broadcast scene.