Interventions Phase 2: Municipal District of Spirit River (Intervenor 720)

Document Name: 2015-134.227242.2536894.Interventions Phase 2(1$dh@01!).html

We require universal access to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet as there are significant barriers faced by communities in both rural and northern Canada. In particular, we recommended that the CRTC expand its basic service objective to guarantee long-term, reliable broadband connectivity across Canada and to continually evaluate its broadband speed targets to reflect technological advancements and evolving user needs. In Alberta we have one of the best Fibre optic systems available yet it is cherry picked by the providers providing reliable high speed only to those in areas of most profit. Are large geographic area and small population has been a barrier to receiving this service outside the densely populated areas. The infrastructure is already in place. It is the main cause for centralization of population and the depopulation of rural Alberta. It is causing an over population in the densely populated areas where they are being forced to build infrastructure like schools, recreation, hospitals and roads to accommodate the growing migration of people when this type of infrastructure which is already paid for in rural Alberta is being closed or moth balled. Access to High **** could help open opportunities for work, distant learning, and education. We have people that cannot access the learning programs for their autistic children as the internet cost is prohibitive and they cannot move in this economy. One of the greatest barriers to participation in the digital economy is lack of broadband access and poor uploading and downloading speeds. Broadband Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, and has the power to transform rural and northern Canada. Networks contribute to economic growth by improving productivity, providing new services, supporting innovation, and improving market access. Ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet will support economic development and attract and retain young talent in Canada’s rural, remote and northern communities.Should the prices for telecommunications services in Canada be similar between urban and non-urban areas? In Alberta we paid for the infrastructure so that the suppliers could generate wealth for five years easy before having to service the hard to reach customers. They have had this oppportunity for twenty years so yes it is time to make it similar.The federal government must ensure universal access to affordable high-speed at speeds and prices comparable to Canada’s peers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.What upload and download speeds for broadband Internet service would meet Canadians’ needs. The Commission’s current target speeds for broadband – a minimum of 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload – are no longer sufficient to meet the minimum needs of Canadians, and compare poorly to targets established internationally. We recommend that the CRTC continually re-evaluate its broadband speed targets to reflect technological advancements, changes in user needs, traffic, and network capacity. Currently in our area we are not receiving these minimum speeds as there are still large areas of no service at all.The survival of our communities depends on this.