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Posted by Tom on March 10, 2016

The CRTC’s Role in the Digital Economy

CRTC – Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission. This federal
organization is also responsible for regulating broadband.

Posted by Tom on February 28, 2016

Urban/Rural Divide Widening in Broadband

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The gap between urban and rural broadband continues and unfortunately it is widening. In 2006, it was 10-20 megabits for download speeds (Cable) in urban cities and 1.0-1.5 Mbps or less for rural (DSL & dial-up). Now in 2016, it is 50-100 Mbps download speeds and higher in urban centres (Fibre OP) and some rural areas (DSL & Fixed Wireless) might be getting 5 -10 megabits download with the average 4 mbps.

 

Will rural every catch-up to urban? Probably not unless we find a way to capture those urban speeds at a reasonable cost. We need some technology solutions to help us. People find it amazing that our cell phones with LTE (4 G) have faster download speeds that our internet speeds at home. And if you do the numbers, urban centres are getting higher speeds – Fibre-Op up to 100/50 Mbps) at $85.95 than rural areas with up to 5Mbps/.6 Mbps at $85.45. Something wrong about this divide.

 

Industry Canada is helping with Digital 150 program to help rural areas bring it up to 5 mbps download speeds and 1 mbps. But we need more. Help CRTC by completing Lets #Talk Broadband Survey by February 29, 2016. Speak your mind.

Posted by Tom on January 13, 2016

Broadband – Where are we now ?

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Since Victoria County’s Broadband Strategy in 2009, alot has happen in technology and in Broadband speeds. South Korea is the number one country with Internet Connection Speeds according to Akamai 2015 rankings with 20.5 Mbps average. Canada is ranked 17th in the world with an average of 11.9 Mbps. According to Akamai, 87% of Canadians have over 4 Mbps connection.

 

The Canadian Internet Registry Authority indicates 77per cent of large population centres in Canada have access to download speeds of over 100 Mbps, while only 18 per cent of rural areas can expect the same service. In G8 Countries, Canada ranks 2nd with Internet penetration behind UK.

 

One wonders how they measure the average connection speed. Many Nova Scotians are connected to DSL technology with basic high speed up to 1.5 Mbps and Ultra up to 7 Mbps. However most Nova Scotians are not getting that speed. Try doing a speedtest to see your real broadband speed.

 

Industry Canada’s program – Digital Canada 150, 2.0, is helping to bridge the gap, by offering ISP’s an opportunity to apply for funding to bring upload speeds to 1 Mbps and download speeds up to 5 Mbps. Victoria County is working with Seaside Highspeed (an applicant) to improve internet speeds. Bell Aliant did not apply to this program.