Intervention: Intervenor 114

Document Name: 2015-134.222914.2334448.Intervention(1#19s01!).html

ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY: Mandate broadband internet to make it available to all Canadians who want to meaningfully participate in the digital economy at the lowest competitive rate. This broadband should be distributed at the minimum speed advertised to consumers or greater, NOT the maximum or less. SPEED: The target speeds currently mandated by the CRTC (of 5 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up) should be considered too low. In the USA, the Federal Communications Commission recently increased the country’s minimum internet target speeds to 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up (from 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up). The CRTC should go one step further, and mandate that all Canadians have 35Mbps symmetrical access to the internet at affordable prices. Target speeds should be updated regularly as the technology improves. This is what is needed for Canadians to compete and contribute to the digital economy of today, and tomorrow. PREPARING FOR EMERGING DEMAND: The volume of global data created daily is 2.5 Exabytes (or 2.5 billion Gigabytes), and this number is growing rapidly thanks to the rise of technologies such as the Internet of Things and sensor networks. The internet economy accounted for 21% of the GDP growth among G-20 nations over the last five years. Canada needs to ensure it has sufficient digital infrastructure to remain competitive in this market, and meet growing internet demands. CONNECTING RURAL COMMUNITIES: The majority of currently underserved internet areas are in Canada’s rural and remote communities. It is vital that broadband be extended to all rural areas in Canada, particularly as traditional rural-based sectors (such as agriculture) become more technology-dependent. Rural communities will need the same digital infrastructure as urban areas to maintain these industries and to meaningfully participate in the digital economy.