One of the biggest new stories to hit rural Canada communities was “CRTC declares Broadband internet access a basic service” on Dec 22, 2016.. Imagine having 50 Mbps downloads and 10 Mbps uploads for your household residence or business in a your rural community. CRTC indicated that 82% of households and businesses currently have the above speed now. Stats Canada recently released some interesting census data – 82% of Canadians live in large and medium size cities. So one could figure most of rural canada doesn’t have it.
CRTC are asking internet service providers to contribute to a fund so that in 2021, 90% of households & businesses will have 50 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds and 100% in 10-15 years..
Then reality hits …just 7 days earlier, Federal Gov’t Dept. of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announces $500 million program to bring Broadband to rural communities across Canada. The definition of unserved households was those who do not have 5 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speeds.