The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Reviewing the articles in this issue on Iceberg, U8TV, and the new CBC web initiative on the same day that it’s reported Industry minister Brian Tobin’s broadband lobbying may have come to naught, one might be struck by the almost total absence in November 2001 of any debates on technology in the Canadian new media community. Broadband to the home or not, it’s clear that new media producers aren’t waiting for fatter pipes to get on with business. Broadband has become a non-issue for many of the companies we cover. At a guess, and with 20/20 hindsight, maybe that’s because one of the key hurdles to creating viable new media businesses was never ubiquitous broadband at all. Instead, companies are proceeding apace with their plans thanks to the participation of old media companies in a collaborative way. A year ago, many in industry were wringing their hands over the apparent unwillingness of big broadcasters to listen to the digital community in fashioning new forms of interactive content. But, in the latter half of this year, many broadcasters now appear to be on board. Degrassi got made thanks to CTV. Ollie’s Under the Bed was re-licensed by Teletoon this month. CBC is producing a new convergence show. Alliance Atlantis is syndicating greater amounts of content from its U8TV property. CHUM has invested in Iceberg. A year ago, many were snickering at the failure of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to attract new media producers. This year, digital players are tearing at Telefilm’s walls to get the funding they need to participate in the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. CBC’s McLean Mashingaidze-Greaves told Canadian NEW MEDIA that the public broadcaster "didn’t quite move at the same pace as everything else did in Silicon Valley and, as a result, didn’t get burned... I think CBC was really quite fortunate in that they’re in a position to do something this experimental after this whole industry has gone through this beta development process and made a bunch of mistakes that CBC can now avoid." His words hold true for each of the broadcasters. Pipes – big fat, gushing pipes – were never the answer. The willing participation of broadcasters, now a reality, is.