CBC Sports, Part I: new blood brings new hopes

Don't count the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. out of sports yet. The public broadcaster will become more aggressive in bidding on professional sports properties where and when it makes sense, says newly appointed executive director of CBC Sports Scott Moore. And inking a six-year extension with the National Hockey League for rights past the 2007-08 season this week has set the public broadcaster on the right course.

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Wireless data revenue skyrocketing in US

New results from CTIA – The Wireless Association reveal that American wireless data services revenue jumped to more than US$15.2 billion in 2006. This is an increase of 77% compared to 2005 wireless data revenue of US$8.6 billion. According to the US wireless industry association, data now represents approximately 13% of all wireless services revenue.

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Open Text makes board appointment

Gail Hamilton was elected to the board of directors of Open Text Corp. She is the former executive VP of Symantec where she led a team of more than 2,000 employees. Hamilton has more than 20 years experience growing technology and services businesses in the enterprise market.

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Infowave lands new CFO

Infowave Software Inc. has appointed Leonard Cox as CFO, effective April 16. He has 16 years of operational and financial experience, most recently serving as CFO, VP of operations and corporate secretary of Protox Therapeutics Inc. Prior to that, he was VP of finance at Xenon Pharmaceuticals.

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WebTech appoints CFO

Scott Edmonds has been appointed CFO at WebTech Wireless Inc. He will work with the board of directors and the CEO towards aligning the strategic, operational and financial management of the company. Edmonds has more than 20 years experience in business leadership and management, having most recently served as VP and CFO of QuIC Financial Technologies, risk management and financial analytics firm.

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New HD options launched for Cogeco subscribers

Cogeco Cable has announced the addition of three new high definition (HD) channels to its Ontario line-up. Customers in the province who already subscribe to the standard definition version of these new channels – Score HD, National Geographic HD and Showcase HD – and who pay the $5.99 monthly HD Access Fee will no be required to pay additional fees to access the new HD channels. "As Cogeco continues to invest in its state-of-the-art cable network, it will continue to launch new HD channels as they become available in the future," said Cogeco's VP of marketing, Ron Perrotta.

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Industry committee working on telecom deregulation

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has just completed two days of working through telecommunications deregulation issues. It remains to be seen whether committee members can come to a consensus on many of the issues before them, but the clock is ticking. Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has until April 6 to make a decision regarding the proposed variance of the CRTC's forbearance regime. One key area where the members might come to an agreement on is rural areas that might see deregulation under the proposed regime if the cable company enters the telephony market. Several small competitors told the committee that if the proposed regime is adopted they may not continue to expand their telephony services, meaning rural Canadians may never get to benefit from competition.

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