The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The effect of "good enough" computing will be felt like never before this year by those who make their living in the technology sectors as the focus of their efforts continues to change. While three years ago Canadian NEW MEDIA featured new applications, software and hardware on a frequent basis, the guts of the home PC and related peripherals rarely come up in conversation much anymore. We can now safely make several assumptions about the new media industry. The broadband market has critical mass and will continue to grow. Personal computers have power to spare for running the richest of multimedia applications. Home networking and peer-to-peer trends will continue and convergence of devices will be a fait accompli within just a few years. The uncertainty, however, is in the regulatory and legislative arenas, where the biggest battles have yet to be fought. The distribution of content is the industry’s biggest challenge moving forward, and there is little certainty about which model will define the market. In the coming months, we will report extensively on the battles of whether to tax devices such as MP3 players or not, whether ISPs will share some of the costs of reimbursing artists and their labels, and whether consumers will pay once for content or whether micro-payment technologies – protected by new laws – will mean the concept of "buying" an album or movie becomes obsolete. We will watch the evolution of television-via-Internet to find out whether new players can break into a decades-old club in which certainty rules. These are critical questions that strike at the heart of how Canadians view entertainment content. It may well be that we are perfectly happy to protect film, music and television as property – a commodity to which it’s irrelevant whether concepts such as fair use or copyright limitations are attached. This year will see some crucial decisions along that path. With technological considerations out of the way, we anticipate several stimulating debates.