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Federal Minister of rural development ‘open’ to internet access becoming public utility

‘I believe it’s an essential service,’ says Minister Maryam Monsef

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-26-2020-1.5584823/minister-of-rural-development-open-to-internet-access-becoming-public-utility-1.5585095

“According to figures from the CRTC, 40.8 per cent of households in rural Canada have access to basic broadband (defined by the CRTC as 50 mbps download and 10 mbps upload), compared to 85.7 per cent in urban areas.

Tribe said recent data also showed urban areas enjoyed speeds up to 12 times faster than rural counterparts.

“If you picture driving along the highway at 120 kilometres an hour versus 10 kilometres an hour, that’s a really big difference,” she told Galloway.

“It’s the difference in the internet landscape of being able to actually join a video conference, being able to watch a movie, being able to do your homework.””