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Comment to Canada 150: Day 2 of Liberal Party Visioning Conference

March 27, 2010

In the 1990’s, Liberals had a proactive approach to new communications technologies. Ensuring that Canada took the lead in accessibility to the internet was a high priority policy and prominently featured in the Red Book.

Liberals say internet is infrastructure

February 16, 2010

 “Rural infrastructure like internet, roads and water services in every rural town needs to be modernized,” said Liberal Rural Caucus Chair Mark Eyking at a Feb 5 roundtable on rural-urban issues.  “That’s why we’re setting a goal of achieving full high-speed internet connectivity in every corner of the country.”  It is nice to hear internet described as infrastructure, which, of course, it is.  But the Liberals will have to go well beyond this goal to distinguish themselves from their rivals.

Digital economy round table -- Feb.11

February 15, 2010

On Feb. 11, Liberal MP and Industry, Science and Technology Critic Marc Garneau held a Roundtable on the Digital Economy.  It was mostly an occasion for industry players to present their version of telecom reform.  However, Michael Hennessy, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, TELUS noted that one of the biggest problems in this sector was digital literacy and that such programs ought to be funded from the proceeds of spectrum auctions. Those working to keep the 3000+ Industry Canada community access sites alive might want to send him a note of support.