Interventions Phase 2: Intervenor 657

Document Name: 2015-134.227098.2527819.Interventions Phase 2(1$6h701!).html

I believe broadband is necessary for Canadians to participate in the digital economy and that Canadians probably rely most on internet services to communicate. Internet service providing 5 Mbps download speed is likely sufficient to satisfy Canadians' needs associated with participating in the digital economy. Prices should not be the same in non-urban areas as urban areas; prices for other necessities are not the same in both areas (some are higher; some are lower). There is no reason that prices for Internet should not reflect, at least to some degree, the higher cost of delivery in non-urban areas of the country. To the extent cost-based prices in non-urban areas render the provision of service uneconomic or unaffordable, then subsidies to the lowest-cost provider may be appropriate but not to the extent of making non - urban prices the same as urban prices.