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News | 04/26/2001 4:00 am EDT

Colville questions synergy at conference on public interest
Acting CRTC chair David Colville said he was left wondering about how the merger of broadcasters, Internet interests, publishers and telecommunications companies would benefit the public interest as well as the company’s own interests. "It is not yet evident to me that anyone has really figured out what these synergies really are from an operational point of view, and whether the convergence story ends up just being a nice theory that carried through the end of the 20th century and early 21st century. In a few years down the road, will we come to the conclusion that, ‘Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it doesn’t really work?’ " he said in his keynote speech at the International Institute of Communications’ conference on the Future of the Public Interest in Communications on April 11 in Ottawa.

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