Canada declares the Internet an essential service

By Agence France-Presse

This week, Canada's communications regulator declared high-speed internet access an “essential service” and announced the creation of a $1 million fund to provide internet access across the country.

The government will invest C$750 million (US$558 million) over five years to ensure access to high-speed Internet (at least 50 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up) for everyone, even in the most remote and rural areas of the country. nation.

This was announced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in a statement, which also asked telecommunications companies to report their investment plans for the next six months in order to help achieve this goal.

“Reliable, high-quality connectivity is essential to Canadians’ quality of life,” said CRTC President Jean-Pierre Blais.

He added that it is an “essential” and “vital” service to be able to access public services such as health and education, in addition to the banking system, online shopping, entertainment and social networking.

The current infrastructure of the world's second largest country, which extends over about 10 million square kilometers, allows most homes to enjoy high-speed Internet.

However, about one in five Canadians, especially in remote areas, do not have optimal access, reducing their odds of “participating in the digital economy,” according to CTRC.

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