Intervention: Intervenor 91

Document Name: 2015-134.222183.2319440.Intervention(1dp_w01!).html

I live within 5 km of a major city, 2km of a smaller town and less than 1 km from another town. I am limited to three types of internet, dial-up which is not broadband access, cellular internet or satellite/line of site. The latter two are extremely expensive compared to other plans within the city. For something practical and realistic for me I cannot even get close to your goals of broadband at 5 mbps. Xplornet is pretty much my only option at this point, they advertise speeds UP TO 5 mbps. Which in reality is closer to 2-3 mbps. With any type of research you can find numerous complaints about there services and prices. Not to mention being locked into a 1 year contract with them, where they cannot guarantee any speeds or latency. If you are trying to compete in e-economy with this type of service I highly doubt you could remain competitive, with paying more for basic service and dealing with blackouts and low latency. My neighbour can't even work from home due to this fact. Within highly dense area's I feel broadband is very acceptable and it works. But there is a huge gap if you live outside of a city, or outside of other company's footprint. I understand that there are logistical problems when trying to service remote areas, which is reason why I basically have one choice when it comes to internet. I would like some regulation in pricing and speeds, when it comes to rural internet service. As for the general question of being able to compete in a global e-economy, then major infrastructure has to implemented and prices need to be regulated. As we become more connected with things we do and rely more heavily on the internet for jobs, communication, recreation and day to day activities things need to improve drastically. It is becoming an essential service for the world we live in, not essential for life, but essential for living. I do not expect many changes will happen as government is slow to move on anything, but one always hopes.