FCC Digest: Chair slams media companies for failing to combat childhood obesity

The US election – unlike here in Canada – hasn’t prevented regulators with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from speaking publicly. In a flurry of speeches delivered this month, commissioners spoke about the role of the FCC and industry in combating childhood obesity, the current status on the transition to digital television and challenges in finding additional spectrum.

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March Networks shifting to video analytics

March Networks Corp. is in the eye of the video storm, and like many companies is realizing that there is more value in application-based analytics than in commodity-based hardware. This shift can’t happen fast enough for the Terry Matthews company – which is losing money and laying off workers.

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Ambitious expansion of premises at Miranda Technologies

An $8 million project earmarked for the expansion of Montreal-based Miranda Technologies Inc. will expand the company’s research and development capacity. In a statement the broadcast industry hardware and software developer, said the project will begin in the fourth quarter of 2008. An additional 34,000 square feet will be added to the company’s current premises, bringing the total space to 94,000 square feet.

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Telecom fading, wireless still strong, but overall growth down, according to Fast 50

Low levels of venture capital (VC) funding in the telecommunications and wireless sectors over the past several years have led to a steep decline in the overall growth levels, according to this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50. It could signal the end of the hyper growth experienced by Canada’s technology sector over the last number of years. On average, there was a drop of about 1,000% in five-year revenue growth figures in this year’s edition compared to the 2007 Fast 50.

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Telecommunications sales drop in radio advertising

Telecommunications advertising sales on radio dropped amidst a good showing by financial services, insurance, and restaurant sales, according to statistics from Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS). Telecommunications was down 8.6%, while financial services and insurance was up 17% and restaurants 28.1%. Pat Grierson, president of CBS, said last year was a good year for Canadian radio. With a strong year-over-year increase of 10.65%, national radio sales increased 9.2% for the 2008 broadcast year. However, Grierson said while telecommunications has dropped “below its recent levels” activity in the sector is expected to increase when new wireless competitors avail their plans to the market and competition among current players increases.

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