Canada has recognized the need of internet and declared high-speed broadband internet access a “Basic telecommunications service” that every citizen should be able to access.
Canada Declares “High-Speed” Internet A Basic Service
Internet had already taken a big part in our lifestyle, and the modern way of life would not be possible without internet access. Canada has recognized the obvious and declared high-speed broadband internet access a “Basic telecommunications service” that every citizen should be able to access.
Mostly all the Canadians who live close to the US Border and many in remote locations still get to use slow internet connectivity. Previously, only telephone landline services had received this designation from CRTC (Country’s national telecoms regulator).
As reported by The Verge, the Canadian government has supported an investment package of up to $750 million to build the necessary infrastructure in its rural areas. CRTC chair Jean- Pierre Blais at a news conference said-
“The future of our economy, our prosperity and our society — indeed, the future of every citizen — requires us to set ambitious goals, and to get on with connecting all Canadians for the 21st century”. “These goals are ambitious. They will not be easy to achieve and they will cost money. But we have no choice.”
Apart from declaring broadband a “basic” essential service, CRTC also fixed new rules for broadband services. Each citizen must receive at least 50Mbps speed for downloads and 10Mbps for Uploads – a tenfold increase of the previous target set in 2011.
If we talk about mobile access, there are some goals that will simply focus on giving “access to the latest mobile wireless technology.” CRCT estimated that the over 90% of Canadians will have access to new speeds by the year 2021.
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