Interventions Phase 2: AACP Information and Technology Committee (Intervenor 787)

Document Name: 2015-134.227398.2540232.Interventions Phase 2(1$g2001!).html

Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police Information and Technology CommitteeHow has your access to broadband Internet services enabled or impaired your participation or those of your stakeholders, if applicable, in Canada’s digital economy?The lack of access to broadband services in rural areas has impaired the competitive ability for local industry since a considerable amount of modern business is conducted online such as sharing large design documents, conducting online meetings, and teleworking. This has not been possible in the recent past and has caused businesses to relocate or to fail to consider these areas as a viable business locations. Rural areas are also unable to consider some types of beneficial business services due to bandwidth restrictions such as offsite digital backups for our disaster recovery program, offsite hosted servers and software. Given the growing importance of the digital economy, how do expect the broadband Internet needs of individuals, communities, institutions and/or businesses will evolve over time?TELUS has begun working with some rural communities in southern Alberta to become part of the corporation’s fiber optics network. This will assist in enabling government organizations to innovate in how they provide services to their communities. Faster Internet delivers business efficiencies including quick upload speeds, file sharing, online collaboration and **** capabilities. Businesses will be able to operate locally and compete globally regardless of their size and location. Although this is a growing trend, progress is slow. What upload and download speeds for broadband Internet services do you or your members of stakeholders, if applicable, require to deliver services to Canadians?Upload and download speeds should be symmetrical. We see 100 Mbps as a minimum necessity to fully embrace the digital community. What role should the CRTC play, if any, in ensuring that Canadians have access to broadband Internet services that enable their participation in the digital economy?The CRTC could encourage competition of other carriers. The current monopoly presents problems in that the provider does not have a compelling reason to perform well. The requirement of our agencies to rely on an incumbent telecommunications provider impairs our ability to engineer resilient, reliable and flexible network connections for policing services. The CRTC should also reach out to progressive and supportive rural leadership to promote and detail the importance of the digital age for local economies and government services.