Telecom Policy, Town Hall Meetings, Community Technology

Alternative Federal Budget calls for national strategy on broadband

March 3, 2010

The  Alternative Federal Budget 2010 contains the following recommendations designed to bring Canada's communications infrastructure into the 21st century:

1.  Make access to "effective" bandwidth a legal right for all Canadians.
2. Fund a broad national consultation on modernizing communications policy:  $750,000.
3.  Support new and existing national public access sites: $40M.
4.  Begin planning forn next generation (higher speed) broadband.

International study exposes Canada's growing connectivity gap

March 1, 2010
 A study completed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University exposes Canada's lack of progress in the area of broadband connectivity.  The "Canada" chapter of the final edition of this study concludes :

"Canada opened the decade as an extremely strong performer on broadband.  Over the course of the decade, its penetration rates have grown more slowly than those of other countries, its prices have remained high, and its speeds are still low in comparison to other OECD countries.  

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.

Future of the Internet Town Hall Meetings

January 20, 2010

Telecom Policy - Town Hall Meetings Written by Marita Moll Wednesday, 30 December 2009 In response to the lack of government action on internet issues, a number of public interest organizations have begun sponsoring town hall meetings to faciliate discussions on the future of the Internet in Canada. In 2009, meetings were held in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax. Various others are currently in the planning stage.These include Montreal, Quebec City, and the Muskokas -- home riding for Tony Clement, Industry Minister.