PRESS RELEASE FROM CENTRE WELLINGON CHAMBER
December 6, 2018, Centre Wellington: The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) wishes to express concern at the outcome of a new investigative report by the Auditor General of Canada on Internet Connectivity in rural and remote Canadian communities. The report concluded that the Government of Canada has not effectively monitored and created a long-term strategy to address broadband internet gaps for businesses and Canadians in rural and remote areas.
According to estimates within CRTC’s “Telecommunications and Monitoring Report, 2017”, only 39% of rural businesses and communities had access to their defined definition of high speed (50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload), while 13% were lacking access to minimum download speeds over 5Mbps. While recent initiatives like the $500 million investment into the Connect to Innovate program have created partnerships and outcomes, the Auditor General concluded that the department did not ultimately implement the program criteria in a way that ensured the maximum expansion in rural and remote communities.
“Internet in the rural area has become an essential service required to run our business in an efficient manner, keeping us competitive within the business world. We can’t function without it.” Janet Harrop, Treasurer, at the CWCC. Janet and her husband run a dairy farm north of Fergus.
The CWCC is working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce network to advocate for several recommendations that will address connectivity through a strategy that support private internet service providers, supplement infrastructure gaps and encourage new technologies like 5G mobile networks.
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