National broadband strategy

  Canada needs a broadband strategy

Big Telecom giants have you trapped in some of the most expensive Internet services in the industrialized world.1

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says that the Internet should be at the centre of our cultural future.2But far too many Canadians are forced offline because the Internet is too expensive, or unavailable where they live.3 To break out of this cycle of high prices and weak access, we need a national broadband strategy.

Tell Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains: “You must implement a properly-funded national broadband strategy, that includes lowering costs and increasing choice by structurally separating our networks from Big Telecom’s grip.”

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As Canadians discuss how we can place the Internet at the heart of our cultural future, we must make clear that developing and implementing a national broadband strategy is the only way to ensure all Canadians can access the Internet in a way that allows them to both create and consume content.

And last December, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) did something amazing — they mandated that the Internet is a basic service.4 

Now, we need to take the next step. We need to build on the CRTC’s vision of a coordinated national broadband strategy5 to ensure every Canadian has access to broadband Internet services, so we can all be on a level playing field.

A comprehensive national broadband strategy will include structural separation and open up access to Canada’s wireless networks by allowing Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).

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Footnotes:
[1] How Canada’s Internet, wireless rates compare with international prices: Globe and Mail
[2] Liberals unveil Canadian cultural policy revamp, with help from Netflix: CBC
[3] Spotlight turns to data caps, as CRTC study reveals skyrocketing data usage along with ongoing telecom price increases: OpenMedia
[4] CRTC rules high-speed Internet a basic service, sets targets: Globe and Mail
[5] Broadband Nation – the 21st Century Imperative: The case for a national broadband action plan: CRTC

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